With a few mix-and-match “recipes”, you can take these pieces from classic to current in just a few steps.
Not So Basic After All
njecting some personality into furniture pieces that have seen better days, could use a revamp, or are a bit too basic for our tastes is a great DIY project that isn’t too intimidating.
Here, we highlighted IKEA brand products, although these concepts can be applied to any furniture that needs an update or refresher. Because of the quantity of IKEA styles, and the speed with which they’re produced, their design ethos is often very utilitarian and neutral. Choosing some of their popular styles and injecting independent creativity is a sure-fire way to feel independent and adventurous, yet still with that easy, crowd-pleasing aesthetic.
With a few mix-and-match “recipes” — a coat of paint, some updated hardware, and even adding some patterned cushions — you can take these pieces from classic to current in just a few steps.
TEXT AND STYLING BY FAMILY ROOM EDITORIAL TEAM
Consider a classic bench, updated with masculine, homey touches: a wash of deep green, textural additions like leather handles, and an intricate embroidered seat cover. If upholstering some bench cushions sounds ambitious, this bench will shine without. For an extra pop, paint the inside of the drawers in a denim-y blue or oppositional acid green.
INDOOR/OUTDOOR BENCH CUSHION
Super Fresh Dusty Rose
The new pink is not millennial pink, like you thought: it has a putty-like shade which adds depth, and almost a beigey-peach that feels a lot more sophisticated. Adding in jewelry-like pulls in a verdigris and brass keeps this piece feeling feminine, yet unexpected.
Floating Shelves in Grounding Terracotta
The colors we keep seeing have a warmth and earthliness to them, which is no wonder, given the current global state. We’re gravitating towards low-key and soothing shades of cinnamon, taupe, and browns. Here, these shelves get a glamorous yet understated update with a high lacquered terracotta and a quirky-transitional brass bracket.
PANHANDLER BRACKET BRASS
English Farmhouse Dresser
A classic mahogany-tinted dresser gets an update using of-the-moment green-blue. Adding in a marble top creates an elevated look, and pairing it with classic oil-rubbed-bronze pulls ensures that it doesn’t feel too trendy.
MODERN DRAWER HANDLE
FLAIR MARBLE TOP
(Originally featured in Family Room, Issue 004)
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