Trends: Affordable Accents
Glass Lamp Bases
We're seeing glass lamp bases everywhere this season, in shapes that are short, tall, curvy, square, urn-like, or conical. Trendy designer lamps like these can cost a fortune, but affordable versions are being seen at discount stores. Or get creative and make your own by taking a sturdy glass vase to a lamp shop for conversion. (Note the cord falls from the bulb's base, rather than from the base of the lamp.)
Though painting furniture takes some time, it is a project that can be accomplished by just about anyone. Black, white, or cream are perfect neutrals, yet if that's not your style then go bolder with red, sage, or butter yellow.
Simple Window Treatments
Avoid fussy or heavy-looking window treatments. Instead, go for sheer and simple looks with tailored elegance, like these white linen Roman shades.
Replace outdated ceiling lights over a kitchen island with hanging pendant lights. While imported art glass fixtures can easily break a budget, it's common to find stylish pendant lights at local home centers or in online lighting outlets.
Framed Bath Mirrors
Ceilings with Interest
We're seeing more and more decorative glass in everything from French doors to transom windows. Get the look on a budget by replacing one or two existing kitchen cabinet fronts with insets of decorative glass. Select from seeded or bubbled glass, ribbed, clear, or even stained glass to add appealing sparkle to your kitchen.
Once you come up with a plan and purchase the components, you'll spend the weekend installing the system and reorganzing your clothes to ultimate organized perfection.
P.S. For the neatest look possible, be sure to throw out that hodgepodge collection of hangers and start fresh with sets of identical hangers.
The Decorated Bookcase
Don't let your bookshelves just sit there. Do something daring! Paint the back walls red, gold, or chocolate. Or wallpaper the inside with a toile, stripe, or check.
Still not convinced? Do a temporary update by removing the shelves and fitting the back with fabric-covered foam core or wood panels. The shelving will hold the panels in place and you'll look like a designer.
The Updated Pillow
Ditch those lumpy little pillows. Revive your sofa with the newer look of larger pillows in square, rectangular, and cylindrical shapes. Dressmaker trims of silk tassels, double brush fringe, or simple contrasting fabric flanges add designer style to any pillow.
Shop for slightly oversize garden lanterns to use as chandeliers in a dining room or entry. It's an affordable trend that can create interest and add elegance to a room.
Replace a Faucet
Add curving style to a kitchen or bath by replacing the faucet with a newer model. Look for elegant tall arched faucets in finishes from bronze or black to chrome and brushed nickel. Designer models might cost hundreds of dollars, but mainstream brands offer budget-friendly look-alikes for the rest of us.
Think a Hint of Pink
Though neutral interiors may be soothing and long-lasting, they can also be a bit boring. Perk up neutral spaces with little shots of a trendy color like kiwi, persimmon, or marine blue. We love how the restrained touches of pink in this black-and-white room give it an updated mood for summer.