Decor Advice for Commitment-Phobes
“Permanent” decor can be intimidating. We’ve all been there—that first “designer” sofa you invest in gets a large stain, or the bedroom set you had to have ends up being made of plywood and falls apart after a year. So, you’re not alone if you consider yourself a “decor commitment-phobe.” Some aspects of interior design can help alleviate this fear—you can find easy, short-term design commitments to make those longer-term decisions easier to make. Furniture and accessories don’t fall into one single category. Here’s a breakdown of how to think about those decor commitments.
Long term: Window treatments
If we could only pick one decor item to invest in for the long run, window treatments would be it. Unlike furniture and accessories, windows are fixed—your house will always have windows. So why not invest in some quality shades or draperies that will do the job for years? Treatments like shutters, shades, blinds and draperies have timeless options that can work in every style. Whether your home is a contemporary haven or a traditional estate, there are endless patterns, fabric and material choices, like woven wood, linen and bamboo that can complement every aesthetic. Don’t think they’re only good for their looks—quality treatments are key for keeping out sun and maximizing your privacy.
Short term: Decorative pillows
Pillows are our go-to for decor that you can switch out easily—in fact, we promote it! Like the weather, decorative pillows are seasonal, and celebrating their variety keeps things interesting. In the spring and summer, play around with pattern and color. Bring in breezy fabrics like linen and cotton, and don’t forget to accessorize with colorful tassels or vacation-inspired patterns. When the fall and winter roll in, the changing leaves mean it’s time to swap them out. For colder months we love texture, especially fuzzy faux-fur, tweeds and wool plaids reminiscent of a favorite pea coat. The beauty of pillows is that, no matter what, if you grow tired of them you can move on to something new.
Short term: New linens and sheets
Craving a new look in the bedroom but don’t necessarily want to commit to new furniture? Time to swap out linens and sheets. Like decorative pillows, linens and sheets are ideal for changing out seasonally or whenever you decide. Lighter, breezy linens are ideal for hot summer nights, and cozier fabrics are better suited for snuggling during a cold winter’s night. If you find yourself constantly wanting to switch up your look, linens and sheets are quick and affordable ways to add an instant change to your room. Start with patterned sheets for a gradual introduction. In our book, it’s always nice to swap out your linens every few months—it keeps things interesting!
Long term: A quality statement piece
A quality framed statement art piece or two is a must-have in a home. When professionally framed, these pieces can withstand dust and aging far longer than a standard poster thrown up on a wall or mounted in a $15 discount-store frame. These can include maps, heirloom prints, blown-up photographs, event posters, or other memorable artwork that can easily be handed down to future generations with a story in hand. A comfortable home is one that combines sentimental pieces with some trendy pieces—the same goes for the artwork in your home.
Short term: Mix-and-match gallery wall
There’s no need to cover your whole home in expensive art pieces. While some people consider the gallery style to be overdone, there is no denying that a gallery wall is an ideal situation for decor commitment-phobes who don’t want to commit to a single piece for the next few years. Part of why gallery walls have become so popular is that they allow a hodgepodge collection of artwork and frames to come cohesively together on one wall — a great option for those that get nervous at the idea of swapping out 50 frames in one sitting. Take your aesthetic and run with it — paint old frames for a mix-and-match look or invest in some sleek matching frames. When all’s said and done, you can swap out prints, framed postcards, and photos and move them around when you need a change.
Long term: Houseplants
In our world, you can never have too many houseplants. Not only are they decorative “sculptures” of their own, endless studies have shown that many houseplants bring health benefits to a home. From succulents and jade plants to ferns and fiddle leaf fig trees, there’s a huge variety of shapes and sizes that can fit any sized space. Convinced you have a black thumb? Head to your neighborhood home improvement store or nursery and chat with the knowledgeable staff—many indoor varieties are available that require very little maintenance and that can withstand even the least experienced gardeners.
Short term: A mirror
Mirrors work magic. While they may seem like simple decor pieces, mirrors work to visually expand your space. They add depth, can be hung anywhere, and are great additions for smaller apartments and rentals where you can’t necessarily knock walls down. For hallways and powder rooms, have fun with a trendy mirror and make a statement. For dark-lit rooms, take advantage of a mirror’s ability to throw light by mounting one on a wall directly opposite of a window.
Long term: Area rugs
A good quality area rug can go a long way in a space. Not only do they instantly cover up old or dirty flooring that would otherwise need refinishing, but they also serve as an anchor for living and dining areas, reading nooks, offices and bedrooms. They can also instantly add a pop of pattern or color to a space and are ideal for bringing in some much-needed texture to dull spaces. Area rugs are like window treatments—investing in a quality area rug means you’re set for years, making you less prone to have to buy a new one a year later after it gets destroyed by claws or muddy feet. If you’re looking for even more flexibility, consider an indoor/outdoor rug. Made of durable material, these easy-to-clean rugs are great for homes with pets and children, and can also be moved around both inside and out.
Short term: Hardware
Instantly upgrade the look of kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities or an old piece of furniture with some new hardware. The beauty of hardware is its ability to breathe new life into cabinetry or a furniture piece while still allowing flexibility. No hardware is permanent—have fun and know that when inspiration strikes next, you can add the latest and greatest at a relatively minimal cost.
If you’re looking to update your home, consider adding some of the furniture and accessories mentioned above to your ever-changing decor. For more ideas on how to choose window shades or other window treatments for your home, visit Blinds.com.
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