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When old is not gold……accessorize!


It is said that your home is a reflection of you, but reality is often far from it. We end up with items of furniture that may not be our best preference. The existing furniture that you carry to your new house may not be ideal for the new place. Then there are times, when you fail to find what you are looking for and end up buying what best you can find. Rarely do you have the opportunity to buy the entire furniture for the house at one go, and thus have it all perfectly coordinated. More often than not, exists the dilemma of how to make the house look newer, better and fresher while retaining the expensive existing furniture.

Read on to find a few simple tricks that might help you to refresh the look and feel of the interiors while preserving the existing.

Throw cushions are one sure way to spur up the look of the old sofa. Cushions in vibrant solid colours, cozy fabrics, modern prints or geometric patterns, can extend a fresh, new look to the sofa and transform the monotonous setting into an inviting one.

A rug compliments the furniture like nothing else does. Rugs can be picked, in polyester, wool or silk; with simple patterns or intricate designs; in colours that match or contrast the colours of furniture in the room. Rugs create a warm and endearing environment and lend an aura of newness to the room.

Lights play a significant role in creating or ruining the ambiance. The chandeliers, ceiling lamps, wall lamps, floors lamps, table lamps come in mindboggling varieties of designs and colours. Sometimes the existing furniture feels dull and dreary. The right lighting eradicates the gloom by illuminating and invigorating the space.

Accessories, decorative artefacts and sculptures influence the ambiance dramatically. They come in spectacular colours and shapes and grab the attention due to their sheer magnificence. They are the perfect ruse to outwit the unexciting repetitiveness of old items of furniture. Notwithstanding where you place them, they become the center of attention.

Paintings, mirrors and various other forms of wall art that adorn the walls around your furniture are an effective way of putting the old things in the room into obscurity. From the soothing seascapes, exciting landscapes, picturesque nature, modern skylines, ancient landmarks, the retro, the flamboyant ones, the black and whites, to the intriguing abstracts, the choices are innumerable.

Bedlinen, throws and comforters are the obvious choice when it comes to giving a new look to the bedrooms. While the bed is central to the scheme of interiors in a bedroom, the effect the bed linen and covers have on the ambiance of the bedroom is quite striking. Soft cotton brings warmth and comfort; silk brings feeling of luxury and richness; jacquard with its heavy fabric and embroidery exudes traditional beauty. Prints, patterns and colours help simulate the much-desired newness.