3 Secrets to Styling Your Space with What You Already Have

The change of season is a great time to look at your space with a fresh perspective.  Many of us have plenty of furniture and accessories that we’ve gathered and collected over the years, but over time things can get stuffy and we can end up with a bit more than we intended. That’s the time to reassess what we are using to decorate our space.  


How to start?  Here are 3 secrets to styling a room with what you already have:

1.  Identify the problems in your room by snapping a few photos so that you can look at your room in 2-D, rather than in 3-D.  This can really help you to see the room more objectively, the way others may see it.  Maybe there is too much to look at and no real focal point in the room?  If that’s the case, find your focus and pair down both furnishings and accessories.  

Sitting Room Before


Does your room feel unbalanced?  Move your pieces around to distribute the visual weight throughout the room.  See what a difference pairing down and balancing your furnishings can make:

decorating with antiques

Sitting Room After 


2.  Think about how you want the room to function.  Do you want it to be a place to visit with friends?  Get away with a book and cup of tea?  Every room doesn’t have to fit every need – decide what you want to use it for and focus on making it fit that need.  

Sitting Room Before


3.  Consider the effect the colors of the room have on you.  You may need to simplify your color palette, or maybe even add a new color to liven things up.  After you decide the colors you want to use in the space, pull out the colors that distract from the new scheme and pull in more of the colors you want from other rooms in your house.

yellow living room

 Yellow & Blue Sitting Room After


By moving a few things around you just may make that underused room your favorite place to be!  Now be honest – when’s the last time you’ve moved your furniture around?





  1. Danijela

    Such a small change, but the result is truly amazing. We can’t buy new stuff all the time and this is a great example of how you can make your home look more beautiful without spending a fortune. Great work!

  2. Style from the Sticks

    I love this! Now, my next question… how do you know when to throw away those items that you’ve been hanging on to and not just store for a future rearrangement?

    • Kristie Barnett

      That is a tough question with a tough answer! If you don’t LOVE it and/or you don’t find it USEFUL, it needs to go. Especially if you are hanging on to it because it came from someone in your family or as a gift – those things can actually be a weight on your shoulders and a constant reminder of some kind of guilt. If it doesn’t make you feel happy to look at it, it needs to move on to a new home where it will be enjoyed again!

  3. Sheila @sZinteriors

    This is such a great set of tips… Again! I think it’s so true – the camera doesn’t lie, and photos are a great place to start. But I really like the way you put the last tip. Exactly what I need to do here 🙂

  4. Kristie Barnett

    from my email:

    “You worked miracles with this room! I wish you lived near me in CA to help me with my house!
    Thank you for you blog. It is very inspiring.


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