In life things do not always stay the same for long. Nothing is permanent – the seasons, our lives, our families and so too our homes will all change. When we create rooms, we make them for the moment we are in. Then we have to re-configure a room as we do not seem to use it any more or it’s use changes. Reinventing, and moving things around to suit is important. You need to remain flexible and open to new ideas and ways of using what you have got to make it all work for you again, while keeping the space welcoming and warm. The other bonus is that it keeps things fresh, edgy and up-to-date. It also a cocooning thing to do as the weather changes for winter in New Zealand. (The opposite effect for spring and summer. It is called a “spring clean” for a reason!)
This all may sound like Buddhist Friday talk, but a lot of an Interior Designer’s work is simply this. Changing things around as things change in people’s lives. And it is not all about going out and buying everything shiny and new. Not many of us can afford to do that, and frankly a lot of these rooms will be characterless with no soul. So, have a look around your space, make a plan with possibilities, and then move things around. Try a couple of chairs in a different room. Do they give a contrast in scale in height that was missing before? Move the sofas into another room. Do they look better there?
Ring the changes with a detail on a curtain panel, reinvent your side tables, put an extra desk in an unexpected place as a makeshift study. Make the hallway an interesting space with wallpaper and hang those family photos that are in a box in a cupboard somewhere. Maybe you could do something exciting with a dinner set that is lurking around at the back of the garage in a box.
Use an old chest as a coffee table, recover a couple of chairs, use some fabric that pulls it all together with colour, pattern and style in cushions. Have a look at those table arrangements – tablecapes – re-arrange and re- do them. Re-fresh, re-new, re-jig, re colour.
And some people call it redecorating and redesigning.
If you would like help with redecorating or re-jigging your interiors due to changes in your life, do not hesitate to contact us.