I’m delighted to be part of The Boston Globe’s new real estate section as a helpful and (hopefully) inspiring source of advice for those interested in making their homes a unique place to live. As an interior designer in the Boston area for more than seven years, I’ve had a lot of experience helping homeowners find their style and create homes that reflect not only their taste but their lifestyles as well. Let me help with whatever I can — from what color to paint your cabinets to how to hang drapes properly.
To kick things off, it’s time to talk about spring! If you are anything like me, I am sure you have grown a bit weary of your décor after being cooped up inside for what seems to have been the longest winter ever. Spring is the time to shake off the staleness in your spaces and make some changes to help you feel like you have a fresh start.
So throw open the windows, get inspired by the fresh air, and mix it up to give your rooms a new attitude with these easy, inexpensive changes:
Fresh paint. Nothing changes the feeling of a room like a new paint job. Consider a bolder color if you’ve been settling for neutrals, or brighten up your space with crisp white or light grey as a backdrop. Some current favorites of mine are Sherwin-Williams Pediment for a light warm grey and Classic French Grey for something more dramatic; Farrow and Ball’s Arsenic for a very bold green and Hague Blue for a moody deep peacock color; and Benjamin Moore’s Mellow Pink for something soothing and Ewing Blue for a crisp spa-like turquoise.
New pillows. Replacing your throw pillows with new covers for the season can totally change the look of your space. You can find great ones made of designer fabrics on sites like Etsy. Pop them over old pillow forms for a jolt of new life. A good rule of thumb is to mix a geometric or striped pattern with something more organic like a floral or a paisley. Or for a more streamlined look stick with a solid color in a nice texture like velvet and one pattern.
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