Home renovations take time and effort, and not everyone is up to the task of upgrading as soon as they move into new digs. When a full-scale makeover isn't possible, homeowners can make simple, temporary changes in the meantime to create a house that reflects their personalities.
Interior designer Joanna Everitt and her architect husband Justin were faced with this situation when they sold their home to purchase a mid-century, hillside house with river views. Until they could build a second story to the 1950s-era home, the temporary makeover they did throughout the house reflected the dwelling's period and their personal taste.
"I've done the whole 'new [house] thing' but I would choose the older home every time because it's got more character," Everitt told The West Australian.
Focus on Accent Colors
Painting architectural features such as ceiling beams and worn brick walls in a fresh white allowed Everitt to bring in any color for accent, such as the bright blue corner chair in her living room. Additional bold colors in pillows pop against the neutral upholstery of her sofa.
She suggested that homeowners always begin with a plain palette, then add the colors they love in furniture and accessories. Using bright colors on permanent fixtures such as tiles or finishes that will take a lot of work to change back should be avoided.
Add a Little Luxury
Everitt also isn't reluctant to furnish a house with outdoor furnishings or accessories normally associated with patios, if that's what reflects the homeowners' personality best. Including unexpected touches like these doesn't require a big investment, but they bring a whimsical touch to a residence.
Adding a bit of luxury to a room is another way to give it a quick uplift. Heated towel racks installed in a bathroom that's in a state of transition makes everyone feel pampered. The real benefit is having warm towels waiting as one steps from the shower or bath.
Focusing on soft furnishings is an easy way to re-do a space without extensive remodeling. Window treatments allow homeowners to create a focal point with color and different textures by pairing shades with flowing drapes or hanging them alone.
Choosing an area rug that complements a beautiful hardwood floor is another chance to create a mix of hard surfaces and soft fibers. Tying the colors and patterns of the rug into the overall room design gives a finished look to a well-furnished room.