Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How To Update A Traditional Room With Color & Pattern

A Whole New Look for $30.
Now you all know that I love my traditional decor and sometimes I really like a neutral space, however there are times when I like something bold too.  I thought things were starting to look a little too traditional and could use some sprucing up a bit.   Looking around I discovered several colors and patterns were constantly repeated in more modern spaces.  So, I added some to my room and I love the way it turned out.  

 Black and white is really popular, but I decided to add a little yellow to my mix too.   Chevrons, geometric and of course sequins.  Gotta' have a little bling.

 Everything else stayed the same, I just added a couple of black accessories and called it good.

I've been trying to like the skirted table you see in the above picture in front of the window, but I really, really like the little chest best.  I have dark wood that I love, and since the dining area is part of this room - - -

 the skirted table adds more light and color to this side of the room.

I think it balances the dark wood on each end of the room with the white sofa and pillows in the middle.

Just as an update - - - I decided that I love the crystals on the chandy just the way they are and I am going to leave well enough alone.  If you missed that post you can catch up here

 Either way works, chest or table, right now I am loving it this way and I am also loving the black and white.

These are all pillow covers from Hobby Lobby.  Five new pillows for $30.

So, what do you think?  How do you update a room?

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  1. Marty, that looks great - just enough black to make it really pop in a trendy way. Can't beat 5 for $30 - I really need to get to HL! I like updating the rooms we spend time in, but if it's used little, I usually only change it up with that domino effect of changing something somewhere else first. I like the skirted table nearer to the DR too.

  2. Love the new modern touches in your home. The chest looks great in the window area.

  3. Marty, the new touches of black really make the room pop and add a new pizazz.

  4. Your updates look great. Chevron patterns are so tres chic! These ideas show you don't always have to do a major overhaul to make a room look fresh and updated.

  5. You know I love it! I have that chevron print in a few spots in our home. :)
    And I also love that you added a little bling too! ;)


  6. Great new look Marty! I love black accents and they look great with your traditional furniture. Happy Easter!
    Blessings, Deborah

  7. Marty...this looks great. The pillows give the room an upbeat designer look. I like the chest where you can see it, too. The wood is warm. I could use a little "pillow refreshing" myself!


  8. The pops of black you added really do liven up the room! I never would've pegged you for using a sequin pillow. LOL!

  9. Looks great Marty...pillows are always a great way to change the look of a room!!

  10. What a charming and captivating look! I'm crazy about the chevron pattern and the colors you've chosen are truly show stopping!

    Have a wonderful week, Miss Marty!


  11. That's what I love about you Marty, you are always willing to try new things for your home and not stick to the rules too much, but in the end, your home still exudes much class and elegance!

  12. I love the geometric pops of chevron in the traditional space!! Oh, and the sequins of course!! Great job!

  13. When I saw the round table in front of the window....I said, "where's the cute chest?" Glad you put it back!!

  14. I love the updates--especially the sequinned pillow! You really know how to accessorize a room! :)

  15. That is really a great deal on the pillows. I am all about thinking outside of the box and I think your black and white is very unexpected for your usual decorating style...and it works! I love it!

  16. Love love love the black and white chevron....and I can't believe the price. Great job Marty!

  17. I like how you switched the tables, Marty, and your thinking. You wouldn't think something so simple would make a difference, but it really does.

  18. The whole dining/living area is very attractive, Marty. It seems whatever you decide to do turns out lovely! Blessings, Bess

  19. I love all the added color Marty. Everything looks lovely.

  20. The more contempory pillows really do look great mixed with your traditional decor! You always have such a great eye for styling a room!

  21. I love your new sprucing up in that gorgeous White couch, Marty! I love the black and White pillows.
    Your living room is a wonderful room, I love the charm you only know how to do!
    Have a happy Easter ahead sweet lady!

  22. Your new pop of color is beautiful Marty! Happy Easter to you and your family, Gail

  23. Love all those black and white pillows--they really stand out!

  24. Great post! Lovely is the only word that can truly describe #ThrowbackThursdaylinkup

  25. Oh Marty, I love everything you do. Way to shake up tradition!

  26. I love the black, yellow and white combination on the pillows. I agree with you and love that dark wooden chest. Great job and thanks for sharing with #throwbackthursdaylinkup!

  27. I love the little touches of black, they really stand out. Thank you for sharing it at Fluster's #CreativeMuster Party, I hope that you'll be sharing with us again.
    Hugs, Smiles and Blessings.
    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  28. Nice…love the look of black and white! My Craft/guest room is done in black and white…Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events…hugs, Tammy

  29. The pillows look marvelous, Marty - wonderful transformation! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  30. Those black and white pillows give your room the perfect dose of pizazz, what a great addition! I've seen those covers at HL before and am always amazed at the price! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Nest, Marty!

  31. Such a pretty room!!! Love how the pillows add pops of colour!
    Kendra @