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How to Change Home Decor From Burgundy to Brown

2013-07-30   Views:3

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Burgundy is a rich, deep colour, reminiscent of a dark tone of red. Popular over a decade ago, burgundy was used everywhere in homes--on walls, curtains, pillows, towels and more. Home decorating colours rotate in popularity every few years, leaving

How to Change Home Decor From Burgundy to Brown

Burgundy is a rich, deep colour, reminiscent of a dark tone of red. Popular over a decade ago, burgundy was used everywhere in homes--on walls, curtains, pillows, towels and more. Home decorating colours rotate in popularity every few years, leaving no one, other than designers, with an idea as to what colours will be trendy in upcoming years. Too much burgundy decor in a home today looks somewhat dated but that is easy to rectify. You can use another rich colour--brown--to update your home decor.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

Painters tapeDust sheets or old newspapersPaint can openerWhite latex primer3" paintbrushBrown paint, 1 gallonBrown and accent colour accessories

Instructions

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How to Change Home Decor From Burgundy to Brown

Line the floors along the edge of the walls with dust sheets or old newspapers. Tape off any baseboards or window trim with painters tape to prevent paint overflow. Paint over burgundy walls with a latex primer to cover the dark paint. Apply two applications of primer, if necessary. Paint over outdated wallpaper as well, using the same method. This can be successfully done with good results but it is very important to use only water-based latex primer and water-based latex paint on top of wallpaper. Any primer or paint that is oil-based can react with the wallpaper paste and your wallpaper will come peeling down.

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How to Change Home Decor From Burgundy to Brown

Repaint walls with a neutral colour, like taupe. There are many shades of taupe to choose from. Bring sample cards home from a paint store and tape them to the wall that has been primed. Leave the samples up overnight and look at the various taupe samples throughout the day in order to see how movement of light affects the shade. Remove the sample cards that you reject and you'll soon be left with the ideal shade. Pick a shade of taupe that is not too dark because, when placed on walls, taupe appears darker than a sample piece may indicate.

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How to Change Home Decor From Burgundy to Brown

Remove burgundy decor items like curtains, lamp shades, rugs, candles, place mats, table runners, bedroom comforters and decorative pillows. Read design magazines and shop the home decor section of high-end department stores to see what styles are popular right now. Use a brown duvet cover to place over the current bedroom comforter, if you like. Install cream-coloured sheers in the windows and intermingle brown curtains with the sheers. Consider installing brown leather or suede curtains (some imitation leather looks very convincing) on each side of the sheers for an updated look.

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How to Change Home Decor From Burgundy to Brown

Pick an accent colour for the room. Walls that are light can handle brown bedding, window treatments and furniture but brown itself needs an additional colour to perk the room up. Turquoise and brown are popular at this time but brown also pairs well with orange, peach, yellow, teal and medium green colours. Try an old designer's trick: use a bright accent colour that looks good on you.

5 Replace or revise the burgundy items you have removed. Add a rug that has brown, tan and an accent colour. The rug can be large or small but it will help pull together the look of the updated room. Replace lampshades that are burgundy with something in the accent colour of choice or replace lamps altogether with modern lamps that are oversized or unusually shaped to update a room as well.

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