Decorate With Upcycled Objects

Wondering how to incorporate found objects into your decor? Sarah Keenleyside lets us in on a few tips to elevate a room's look with upcycling.

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Above: rug, vintage console, stretched tea towel on canvas, upcycled objects on picture ledge, antique printers tray, lamp, travel kitsch, all designer's own; Eames white rocker, Modern Furniture Knockoff

Tips on how to decorate with upcycled objects:

  1. Lighten up the wood with paint. Too much wood makes a piece look very heavy and takes up a lot of visual space.
  2. Mixing in clean modern elements with upcycled ones helps keep the decor looking curated as opposed to cluttered.
  3. Focus on what you like, then EDIT.
  4. Incorporate some unexpected modern sleek pieces to temper the decor. It adds an element of the unexpected and keeps your decor from looking like a well displayed junk sale.
  5. Use paint to add interest and colour. Adding colour can make an older object appear more contemporary.
  6. Keep you wall colour very dark or off-white. This tends to give the items a more curated gallery look. If you are working on a colourful wall, then you will have to keep your pieces more monochromatic.

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