New Year’s Renovations

Okay, a year has passed and what have you done? If you’ve been meaning to spruce up the pad, but somehow never got around to it, then here are a few quick and easy ideas to switch things up.

A new carpet is an easy way to change the look of a room without breaking the bank. The FLOR system from Interface offers a system of commercial-grade carpet tiles that can be easily configured into custom area rugs or runners for some pretty funky looks. They come in a wide variety of colours and patterns, providing the opportunity to create different designs for different looks. When you become tired of one look, mix in a few new patterns for something completely different.

A quick and easy way to change the look in a room is to reface rather than replace your furniture. Instead of trashing that comfy sofa because it’s looking a bit dated, just hunt down a good upholsterer and recover it for a fresh look. I recently took my Eames lounger in for a facelift by switching from the more common black leather to cherry red, making for a unique look that brings fresh interest to the living room.

Paint is the quick and easy way to change your walls, but why not try something a bit off the beaten path? Try using wood flooring on your walls for a warm textured look. A wall of wood with, say, a 6” relief brings a sculptural element to a room. Alternatively you can replace the flooring and run the same flooring right up the wall. Unless you are looking for that ski lodge look, try and avoid woods with an abundance of knots and stick to more linear grains like white oak or beech.

Good luck and all the best for 2010!

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1 thought on “New Year’s Renovations”

  1. What do you think of putting some stone on the walls?
    Gives it some nice vertical appeal, and can be combined with some interesting pot angled lighting for 3D relief.


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