Apr 1, 201112:00 AMSublime Design
A Classic Approach to Current Style
Nowadays, everyone is tightening his or her belt. With the advent of a new season and hope for a stronger economy, here are some tips for adding new furnishings to your home that are current and classic—plus some splurges to indulge in for an enlightened vision for spring.
It is sometimes difficult to know when to splurge on that special table, rug, chair, or accessory or how to add a new look to make our homes seem up to date. Choose moderately priced and classic upholstered pieces—sofas, comfortable chairs and ottomans—in solid colors. Then, add throw pillows as a vehicle for bringing in color, pattern, pop and personal style.
Purchase tables that combine materials such as iron and glass, lacquered linen or textured leather. Mix them with furnishings finished in accent paint colors or wood.
Start collecting items such as crystal, silver, metal, artwork or photography—or anything you are passionate about. Displaying the things you love is a wonderful way to put your personal stamp on your home and make it unique. Adding accessories in similar colors around your room creates a theme and unity.
Mix antique and quality chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps in both modern and retro styles. Beautiful lighting is like jewelry…definitely worth the splurge!
Even if you have a modern home, you can make your space more eclectic and interesting by mixing in some period furniture, wall coverings and antiques. They impart a sense of style and interest.
Purchase an étagère (or two) and fill it with books or treasured collections. Since the étagère is not built in, it has the character of a separate piece of furniture; it is useful for functional displays and can be taken with you if you move. A wonderful secretary is also a special item to purchase; it is functional and substantial—and it looks great in your living room, dining room or bedroom.