24 mei 2014

How to fall in love again

Deze blog verscheen eerder al op Flinders.be – this post (in Dutch) has also been published on Flinders.be
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I’m sure everybody knows this feeling; you buy or rent a house or apartment. You move in and all you see are the new and nice aspects of your new place . After a while, you get to know your house inside and out and regrets about that paintjob or furniture choice come running in. Therefore, a few tips to fall in love again, without any big renovations, with your own little palace.
 
1. Color

Do not underestimate the impact of color. A new paintjob can relive a whole space! Keep in mind to choose smart and stay away from heavy and dark colors if your space isn’t that big. The latest trend colors are inspired by nature, soft as pastels and of course the Scandinavian influence of white. If you pick one of those, not a lot can go wrong. Or paint only a part of your wall in a certain color. Color blocking remains fun!

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I you hate painting, you can always consider wallpaper? Try some fun geometric patterns!
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If your budget is a little low, or you don’t want to spend it all on your walls, you can also freshen up a cabinet or some other furniture. A perfect way if you’re tired of that old table or cupboard, you thrifted or adopted from your parents. Do not hesitate to use some bright colors and use your ‘new’ furniture as a showstopper. Washitape can also be a perfect (temporary) solution for this.
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2. Cleaning and storing
 
A clean house is always a little cozier, than a house where you have to shift through piles of clothes or magazines to find a spot on the couch. Invest in a few fun, graphical boxes or storagebins as storage solutions.

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3. Redecorate

This step is easy! Move all your stuff to one side and refill your space without thinking about the previous layout. As much as possible, give your furniture a new place, add new combinations, buy a few new accessories if needed and you’ll have a brand new interior without spending too much money!
 
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4. Green

#1 mistake! One of the things that are most lacking in an interior. Plants. Greenery of any kind. A bit of green here, a bit of green over there, a small tree or some fresh flowers in a vase can refresh your interior in a second. 

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If you really have black instead of green thumbs, why not invest in some cacti or succulents which you only have to water once in a while.Perfect solution!
 
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5. Outside

Do not ignore your garden or balcony. If your entire interior has been freshened up by the above tips and you’re looking out to a sad and ugly outside area, you could as well saved yourself the effort! 

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Look at your outside room as an actual extra room! Clean up, remove the weed and buy some new garden furniture or accessories in fresh colors for the summer which is lurking behind the corner.

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If you have followed all these things, it’s time to start enjoying your space. I hope they were helpful and please share you before-and-after-pictures! And keep in mind, interior design is no science, so follow your gut and your own taste! Have fun while doing it!

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