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Take a Look Around: Does Your Interior Design Get You Down? [Updated]

by Catherine Harris

(Updated Photos)

As the generation that gave the world Grace Kelly, Jackie O, Twiggy and Mia Farrow, no one can say the Baby Boomers don't know the importance of personal style. Unfortunately, while most of us have learned to scour the internet for the perfect pair of Anne Klein slacks or Jessica Simpson pumps, many of us haven't put the same effort into our home decor.

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Paint Your Walls Pink

Take a look around.

Does Your Home Look Dated?

If you can count more than four dried flower arrangements or three floor-to-ceiling mirrors, it may be time for an update. What you surround yourself with can say just as much about you as what you wear. And, it can have a significant effect on your outlook and mood.

Interior Design Tips

Here are five tips for updating your interior design to reflect the life you live now.

1. Light and Bright

Bold patterns and a splash of color aren’t strictly delegated to your finger and toe nails. Painting a room in your home with bold and warm colors can be an excellent way to unleash the passionate side to your personality.

Burgundy, warm beige, rust, greens, and jewel tones are all popular choices this season and can add pizzazz to any room in your home.


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Blue is Trendy for 2015 / 2016

2. Wall Art: Sometimes Less is More

Entertaining in a home with drab and barren walls can leave your guests feeling cold and distant. Yet, walls covered with a hefty combination of DIY crafts and family photos may look cluttered and distracting. Modernize your space by adding choice pieces of quality art throughout your dwelling.

If you don't live in an area with a selection of galleries or boutiques, it's easy to search online for quality art for sale that suits your style preferences.

When you enter a home, the wall space in your entryway should be bold and eye-catching. It should host intricate pieces that are conversation starters. Whether you favor nature scenes, portraits, abstracts or framed prints, you need the right focal points.

You can also change up the atmosphere with unique frames. From ostentatious gold trimmings to vibrant colored frames, your artworks can go from elegant to casual.

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Jewel Tone Interior Decor

3. Style and Comfort

An antique settee can be as uncomfortable as a pair of the trendiest heeled pumps. Your home furnishings say a lot about your lifestyle, but they should be comfortable and welcoming for guests.

Sofas, love seats, ottomans and chairs come in every color, style, texture and fabric you can imagine. However, if you like simple elegance, choose something that suits your mood, personality and style like a leather sofa and chairs that go with a pair of cherry end tables.

Whether you look online or visit a showroom, you’ll find cell phone apps and Internet programs that allow you to see if the furniture fits with both the size of your room and your personality.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Dishes

4. Pull it all Together with Accessories

The right necklace, shoes and belt can pull an outfit together. You can also incorporate this theme into the rooms of your home with fabulous accessories. From pillows and rugs to lamps and vases, you’ll be able to add your own personal touches and interests throughout your dwelling. For example, if you have a room with a tropical theme, try adding finishing touches with silk palm trees, glass birds and bamboo.

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Tile Print Towels & Bathmats

5. Your Home is a Blank Canvas

Your home is a blank canvas, and you have the creativity to allow it to be a reflection of your personality and style. With the right colors, furnishings, artwork and accessories, your home will be a warm and welcoming space for you and your friends.

Catherine Harris finds art and inspiration at Artismo.com.

More Articles for Chic & Hip Baby Boomer Women:

How to Mix and Match Prints Using Japanese Kimono Rules

Fringe Fashion Trends for 2015: Bags, Tops, Dresses, Shoes & More - It's the 70s Again

Paris Street Style for Women Over 50

Retire in Two Homes and Double Your Retirement Pleasure

Photo Credits: Prshots.com.

  • Main Photo: Homesense (2013(.
  • Paint Your Walls Pink: Very UK (2015).
  • Blue is Trendy for 2015 / 2016: M&S (Autumn 2015).
  • Jewel Tone Interior Decor: M&S (Autumn 2015).
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Dishes (Tableware): Amara (2015).
  • Tile Print Towels & Bathmats: Next UK (2015).

What do you think of this article? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Freelance writer Catherine Harris is pleased to forward these tips for making your home decor match your personal style. She has found that for everything from researching art for sale, to searching for the perfect antiques, or collecting design ideas, the internet can be your greatest interior design tool.

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  1. Amy

    Where can I find that plum armchair??? Thank you, Amy

  2. Tina-Boomerina

    Amy, if you mean the sofa in the main photo, I believe it's from The Furniture Warehouse in the UK, but it's from a year or so ago when Catherine wrote this article. If you email to company with a link to the photo, they may be able to tell you who makes the brand. The other photos are current.

    Let me know if you need more info.