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10 tips for “Refreshing” The Interior Look of Your Home in 2014 Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

Pensacola Real Estate Professionals would like to share 10 tips with you to “refresh” the interior look of your home in this bright, shiny new year!

For those into home projects, now is the time to change things up with new fabrics, paints, decor and design. All it takes is a little creativity and determination to create a new space that you will be happy with, whether you are planning an entire overhaul or a few minor tweaks here and there.

Here are 10 Room “Refreshment” Tips to get you started:

pillows lamps rugs 11.) Three ingredients to a beautiful room that can be cost effective: pillows, lamps and rugs. Notice how the accent pieces in this photograph really liven up the space, while at the same time making it appear comfortable and inviting.The blue fabric of the wing chairs add another layer of flavor to this very cozy room. The neutral color palette of the walls and the sofas allow you to mix in any accent colors that are personally appealing to you. Let your imagination take over. Skies the limit. You can blend complimentary shades of color and design elements to your hearts content. Think outside the box. Select a rug pattern that has elements specific to where you live for example, or if you like clean, geometric designs bring that element into the room by the area rug you select.

2.) Paint the ceiling or add a new ceiling light fixture. A trey ceiling already draws the eye, but when it is highlighted with a splash of color or even two colors, the impact to the room is instantaneous!

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This beautiful room makes a statement from the ceiling to floor windows, to the painted ceiling and elegant lighting fixture.

Remember that darker colors will make rooms appear smaller, while softer colors will open up spaces making them appear larger than their true dimensions.

over size wall art3.) Over-scaled art can make a big impact on a small budget. You can find these anywhere from a local estate sale to an antique store. Many retail shops offer these types of items for sale, too.

Check out places like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Pier 1 Imports, T.J. Maxx, Target or Bealls.

There are many other specialty shops that also feature unique art that may be just the thing to add that “wow” factor to the room that you are decorating. Or search the web for artists that sell their wares on-line. You may be able to acquire a real “find”.

4.) Take everything out of a room, and then put it back using a different layout. You will be pleasantly surprised at how different the room will feel, just by doing this simple little trick.

Try swapping out different pieces of furniture from different rooms to really change things up, while saving room in your budget for other purchases that you may need to make. Keep in mind that you can blend different styles to really make a signature statement.

5.) Mixing furniture styles for an “eclectic” blend is seen in this photograph.eclectic blend 2

See how charming this room looks. Try using different chair or table styles in any given room to add instant pizzazz!

You can’t make a mistake. Experiment to see what appeals to your eye.┬áMake it a family event by getting input as to what they like.

Getting the children involved will be a great educational tool.

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6.) Wallpaper or paint one focal wall in the room.

Using a palette of soft gray with a blue accent wall, as seen in this room, is just an example of the calming effect paint colors can impart. The one wall focal point provides a splash of designer flair.

If you are more adventurous, you may elect to use purples, reds or pinks, which lend a romantic mood to room settings.

Using yellows and oranges will make rooms seem cheery. Like bringing a little ray of sunshine indoors!

7.) Adding lamps is a terrific way to change the mood of a room and add interest when several different heights and styles are used. This home entryway shows a nice example of two different styles of lamps used to give this space a unique elegance. The large mirror is a point of interest and is functional for that last minute check as you head out the door.

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8.) Trendy fabrics can be used on pieces such as pillows and chairs to suit a season or look, then changed every few seasons for a brand new feel.trendy accent pieces 1

9.) Choose a neutral base color for costly items like sofas and draperies that will work with many different accent colors.

10.) Remove old items to make way for new items.

Transforming the look of the rooms in your house doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Take one room at a time, remembering to keep a consistent design in mind, and before you know it, you will have a whole house that seems new again.

However, if you have decided it is time to move on or move up, contact me, Lisa Burns, Broker Pensacola Real Estate Professionals, here, or call me directly at 850-393-7106. I will be happy to help you take the necessary steps to buy or build a new home.

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