Easy Style Tips to Refresh Your Furniture Pieces

Have you ever had the urge to get rid of your existing furniture and simply start from scratch? You’re not alone. However, this is usually a last-resort tactic and even the best interior designers wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. Instead, what you really may be craving is simply a refresh.

Before embarking on a total makeover, consider if your furniture can simply use a new lease on life. By changing things around your existing pieces and using them in fresh and different ways, you may just find yourself falling in love with them all over again.

Our simple interior tips and tricks will help enhance the look and feel of your existing pieces – without needing a total makeover.

Swap Shop

Autumnal hallway with smart storage options

St. Ives lingerie chest / Wiltshire console table

If you haven’t changed your room around much since you purchased your pieces, it may be a great time to do a little swapping. When you change the context of your furniture in creative ways, it will bring it to life again.

Rustic style office desk underneath a big shuttered window

French Farmhouse office desk

So, consider changing the rooms in which your furniture pieces live. Can the console table in your hallway be used as a small desk in your bedroom? Perhaps the side tables next to the sofa can make great nightstands? The chair in your living room might actually be perfect as a reading corner in your study. Change the context and you change your view of each piece.

Go with the Flow

Under the Sea-inspired hallway with a geometric print runner, leafy seaweed-like houseplants and a light grey console table

Shay console table

Another area to look at is the flow of traffic within your space. Are you constantly hitting your knee on the coffee table as you pass it by? Perhaps clutter has taken over so that your dining room table is rarely used or you’re simply not making the best use of a large space.

Bright living room with gray upholstered traditional sofa, rustic hutch and lavender painted coffee table

Gainsborough three seater sofa / Kemble coffee table

Open up spaces, declutter and define zones so that you can freely move around your home with ease. This may mean exchanging larger pieces in one room with smaller pieces from another or you may want to try moving furniture away from the walls to allow a few pieces to ‘float’ in the room using area rugs or side tables to create a totally new look.

Creating a natural flow will allow you and your furniture pieces to breathe easier.

The Power of Paint

Wintry dining room with dark gray painted hutch and rustic dining room table

St. Ives large hutch / Canterbury dining table / Cross Back dining chair

Like swapping furniture in our first example, another way to change the context of your furniture pieces is to introduce a new paint color on your walls. Whether you go bold and daring or soft and neutral, a fresh new shade will give your new furniture a fresh backdrop.

Opulent purple living room with dark stained hardwood furniture, traditional seating and a rustic nest of tables

Cranbrook coffee table / French Farmhouse nest of tables

If your furniture is white or pale shades, why not try out a deep shade like dark indigo, forest green or slate gray? Your furniture will pop against these darker colors giving it a fresh new look.

Or if your pieces are wood colors, you may want to enrich the walls with some desert colors of ochre, blush pink or terracotta to bring some sunshine and warmth into your room.

Creative Corners

A modern sideboard transformed into a bar cart in an opulent home

Orrick small sideboard

Another great way to get the most of your existing pieces is to adapt areas of your home to enrich the way you live. An existing writing desk might be used as the perfect drop for mail and keys in your hallway or you can move a bench in front of your bed as a great spot to put on shoes in the morning.

A lavender painted hardwood desk with a natural oak top against a Scandi-style cabin wall

Kemble office desk / Square stool

A reading corner can be created in your living room with a comfy chair, a small bookcase and a reading light; an awkward alcove might be the perfect spot for a home office and a large sideboard could be reborn as the perfect home bar.

Get creative with your furniture and look for ways it could be useful in other areas of your home.

Accessory Reboot

A solid oak painted bookcase with monochrome and red accessories

Kemble tall bookcase

And finally, when it comes to updating larger pieces like bookcases, armchairs, sofas or beds, reach for a few new choice accessories to give them a new lease on life. 

Try styling an existing bookcase with items from your travels, family photos or a few vintage pieces. A new throw on an armchair will create a cozy spot whilst also bringing in some color and texture.

A cream colored lingerie chest against a fresh blue wall

Bella lingerie chest

If your sofa is looking a bit lacklustre, consider covering it with a favorite blanket or swapping out the pillows for new ones in an exciting new color theme. Your bed will look crisper and fresh with new bedding in a fun pattern or you might want to create a comforting and casual look with linen and a few new pillows in touchable textures.

Let us know how you get on with refreshing your bedroom using #OakFurnitureland on Instagram.

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