Decorating After Divorce
How to reclaim your space—and yourself—when a marriage ends
Need help starting over? Here are four essential tips:
1. Express Yourself: Define how you want your space to feel using emotions and adjectives like "happy," "sexy," "fun," "bright" and "interesting." Once you've locked that down, you can make decisions that best reflect the mood you want to create. Take stock of what you already have and how it might fit into the plan. Would a piece work better if it were a different color or in a different room, or is it best to sell it and get something else that better matches your new style?
2. Make an Entrance: Everything doesn't need to be done at once, but you also want to feel good about where you are as quickly as you can. Determine which space you're using the most and focus on that room first. If you come home everyday to a dark and drab entry, change that! Repaint, put up wallpaper or hang a great piece of art. Get a foyer table that does double duty as a storage unit, and brighten up the space with a lamp.
3. Shop Smart: Visit consignment shops often as their stock changes every day, and if you are looking for something specific—like a sofa or a bookcase—leave word with the manager to call you when those things come in. And check out salvage yards for deals on reclaimed wood, tile, fixtures and more.
4. Enlist Help: Got a handy friend? Ask if they wouldn't mind helping you hang new light fixtures. Know a great photographer? Frame some of her photos as new art in your space. Having people you love and trust contribute to your new home immediately fills it with love and purpose.
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