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Change Just One Thing

Achieve a new look in a room without a complete redesign 

 »by Kimberly Nicoletti

You don’t need to completely overhaul your home to make a difference. Sometimes, it just takes one change. The most important consideration is: What element would create the biggest impact?

Of course, it all depends upon the room, and personal taste, but here are some jumping-off points to freshen up your living area this winter.


In a large space, like a living room with an open floor plan, furnishings can make the biggest statement, says Kelli Holtz, owner of Holtz Design Studio in Vail. Furnishings encompass furniture, as well as complementary pieces.

“I’d say investing in amazing furnishing pieces can be the most enjoyable impact you can make,” she says. “It gives you the biggest bang, and you literally enjoy it every day.”

While living rooms with large, sun-drenched windows offering captivating views can steal the show, unique furnishings draw the eye back into an interesting interior. Accessories – large and small – can transform a room, especially one with a neutral background. For instance, Holtz suggests investing in a rug that makes a statement.

“The rug becomes the centerpiece for everything else to build on over time,” she says. “It also provides a conversation piece for entertaining.”

Mongolian lamb rugs are popular, and they become backdrops for pops of color, which you can achieve through pillows and throws, says Elizabeth Basso, owner of Basso Interiors in Eagle.

Art provides another wow factor.

“In a living room with dramatic heights and wall space, artwork becomes the captivation,” Holtz says.

And, speaking of wall space — one of the largest aspects of a room — painting one or more walls a new color is an inexpensive and fairly easy way to update your home.

“Paint can really give you a dramatic change,” Basso says.
“So can wallpaper.”

Though colors homeowners choose run the gamut, some of the most popular tones are still blues and grays. One deep gray wall can set off the space and prepare it for pops of color coming through pillows, throws, rugs and artwork.

“A dark or mid-tone creates
depth that can ground the space,” Basso says.

On the other hand, chartreuse is still a hit, and pastels are big again, Basso says, but not in your grandmother’s pastel bedroom way. Instead, hues originating from European paint companies like Farrow and Ball offer richly saturated pastels.

So, go ahead: Change just one thing, and see what a difference
it can make.

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