My friend, Carrie, emailed me with that brief question the other day, and I realized its actually a very BIG design dilemma for many of us...
Dilemma: How does one "freshen" the look of a room, maybe incorporating a touch of a different style, without going full throttle and breaking the bank?
Since I don't have some pics of her home (although I swear I took quite a few about a year ago, and can't locate the files - arrggghhh!!) I'll try to give you a mental visual...She and her husband share a darling home with their two sons. Although the house had good bones, it wasn't updated when they bought it, and they've spent the last couple of years remodeling. These two are crazy- talented DIY'rs - what Carrie can dream up, Scott can usually make. They also have amazing good luck scoring finds on Craigslist, and making them their own. Like this media cabinet they repainted and distressed.
Here are a couple of her pics I DO have:
This "parlor" chair was a freebie from her MIL (gotta love that!) which she intends to recover...And I think the lamp is, too...
She requested I help her find one idea or item to give some "edge" to her traditional interiors, but I'm hopelessly unable to be that exact...let's try two: color scheme and lighting.
I might be veering into Trendy territory, but I've seen some pretty awesome effects created using Red and Turquoise together. Illustrated by one of my all-time fave pictures from Domino. I love, love, love this color combo. Its especially effective with those doses of black. But, you'll notice - this is not a "modern" room - tailored yes, severe - not a chance.
Here's some more images from the idea board in my brain...
Notice how the black "grounds" the room - keeping it from feeling too much like a circus?
I love this color pairing, because, despite it recently being declared "fresh and new" - there's actually a cool retro vibe to it....
One more thing: If I were Carrie, I'd get my very talented husband to paint an abstract piece of art to put above the bureau - and with that, be DONE!
I think the moral of the DD is this: Never be afraid to boldly go where your room has never been. Mixing styles can lead to unabashedly beautiful results!
House and Garden via flickr/xJavierx