You can find ways to spruce up your home and wardrobe this year without spending a lot of money. This years theme is “what’s old is made new again”. We are going to be getting into the spirit of recycling and reusing. Besides, who couldn’t use a little new beauty in their homes. Start with some things you may have been tempted to toss. Set them aside in a pile or bin and label it “revamp”. Old linens or bedding like, curtains, old dingy pillow shams and pillow cases, dingy white T-shirts, place mats, bath towels, and dishrags too, hold nothing back. If it’s old and lackluster, put in the pile. If it has holes, use it to dust and clean with instead. Head over to your local craft store, because the fun is about to begin.
Choose a few different dyes in the same color field, like blue: Use a light or bright pacific shade, medium: such as royal blue or a deep baby blue and then choose a darker shade: you could get way with a rich teal shade, navy blue of course or a jewel toned blue would be perfect. Just be sure the blues you choose are distinctive in shade:dark, medium and light. This original idea was done on the Martha Steward show. Zac Posen showed Martha how he took her own line of bedding and used different shades of green on her linens to make the perfect color for his guest bedroom. What could be more brilliant than combining the mind of Martha Stewart with a fashion genius such as Zac Posen. If you missed the show follow the link below at te end of the final page.
Here is how you can take this technique and use it in your home. Set up three large bins and mix the dyes separately in each bin. Use hot water and follow the directions on your dye. Set aside a cold bin of water for your finished design. grab a pillow case and dip it into one of the dyes. Use one end then dip it into a darker shade. Play with your fabric and dip it from one color to the next until you have a dark, medium and light shade of blue all melting into each. This technique is called ombre.
Use a cheap plain white T-shit that may not be as white as it used to be. Do the same thing with it. Dip the top part of the shirt in the light blue, then dip the middle of it into the medium blue and finally the bottom of the shirt into the navy blue. Once you pull out your shirt place it into the cold water to soak a little.
Try this technique with an old white dress, or find a really cheap one on line and use this technique to create a one of a kind wearable work of art. Think long white maxi dress that is transformed into a cool blue watery looking surf style beach dress. It is not the same technique as tye dye so you can be the trend setter in your circle.
Dye absolutely anything you want, there are no limits. You can play with color, and add an entirely new look to your home. You can even play with denim. Try this technique on different shades of denim. You could still use the blue, on a pair of shorts. Martha and Zac probably never thought to ombre a pair of jean shorts ( or maybe Zac did ) but that would end up looking great.
Take an old canvas tote and play with a bold color like orange. You will no longer be walking to your class carrying a dingy old canvas bag, instead you will have friends asking you where you got such a cool bag. This is a simple timeless trend that can wake up your home or wardrobe with ease.
Here is your final food for thought. Use color in a way that you never could in your wardrobe. I simply can not wear yellow- green, it makes me look pale and weird, however, that lime green color would look amazing on my currently white Martha Stewart curtains, hanging in my kitchen window…