Charge Into Fall with Fresh Updates for the Home

September 16, 2009

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The following article is cleared for use, in whole or part, with attribution to designer Kristi Pipes Lane. Optional by-line credit is Jody LoMenzo.

Fall means a shift from outdoor living to indoors; and for many, those same four walls can become increasingly boring. How about a quick fix to freshen rooms and charge into fall? Richmond-based Interior designer Kristi Pipes Lane with architecture/design firm 3north offers up some easy and inexpensive tips to update your home and improve your living space. With saving money on everyone’s mind, plan on some affordable do-it-yourself improvements to make your home your haven.

1. Replace outdated lighting fixtures. Lane says, “Look for more decorative lighting like pendant fixtures and wall sconces. These are the inexpensive and easy to update, adding new focus and drama. Use pendants in kitchens, centered over islands or seating groups; in bathrooms, they’re great!” Lane is thumbs down on fluorescent tube lighting. “Change any fixture that requires 24″ tubes. They are just awful!”

2. Change the rug, change the room. “Try a sea grass rug,” Lane suggests. “Their neutral tones go with any decor, and they are affordable, especially if you can work with a standard size. Try Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel or West Elm for these easy-to-clean floor coverings.” Lane believes that a good amount of flooring border should show. “Always allow for the floor to show all the way around the room. I think 18″ is the minimum border. I always try for 24.” And layering a smaller, more expensive rug over the sea grass is the best way to get the most bang for your buck. Use the small rug centered under your seating grouping.

3. New hardware can change the look and feel of cabinets and drawers. “The after-effect from this change is amazing,” Lane notes. She loves Restoration Hardware for their large variety and styles. “Remember to check the width of your pulls — they come in standard sizes like 4″, 6″ — so you use the existing holes. With knobs, watch the diameter. Too big or too small can ruin the look.” Lane also recommends updating furniture with new pulls and knobs, “You’ll think you have a new piece and it’s a dramatic change for under $50.00!”

4. Slipcovers offer more than one look for upholstered pieces. “Slipcovers not only allow you to make a quick change, but they help protect your upholstery,” says Lane. The designer likes covers and pieces by Coveralls, part of Lee Industries. “Their covers are even reversible for more flexibility. Their website is full of good options.” www.leeindustries.com.

5. Paint it; change it. “Paint is the cheapest, fastest way to change a room and you can do it yourself,” says Lane. “I love Farrow & Ball paints. Their colors are unique and rich. They are a national line with stores in major cities and can be ordered on the web.” www.farrow-ball.com

Lane’s forecast for Fall 2009, “Color will be very dramatic. Use lots of black accents. Purple is still big, but people either love it or hate it. You can’t go wrong with turquoise and aqua blues. These colors seem to be more timeless and always work well with neutrals. Dark marine blue is making a comeback. This shade works for both modern and traditional — male environs and more feminine settings. This deep shade — not your old tired navy, but a richer green-hued blue, works well with gold and silver accents. It makes a great room for blondes,” notes the blonde-haired Lane.

If you have questions, would like to interview Lane or request a headshot, please contact Jody LoMenzo at Point of View Public Relations, povpr@comcast.net or 804-272-1031. More info on Lane is available at www.3north.com

SOURCE Kristi Pipes Lane

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