Get Your Home Basics in Order

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In this room, white slipcovers covering a great basic couch and chairs are the starting point for a completely different look.
We've been talking a lot about pops of colour. We love the idea of changing out our home for the new trends or for the new season. But if you're like us, you can't afford to plunk down a giant chunk of change for new furniture every year. How to keep your bank balance sizzling hot and your home cool? Basics...

Like the pieces in your wardrobe that you wear from year to year and that go with everything, if your home has good basics, you can swap out accessories to update your space for minimal cost.

Start by identifying the basic pieces in each room. Then, take a good look at them. Are they well made and do you love them? (The answer to that question is often found in the question, would you purchase them again?). Chances are, if your answer is yes, they'll work for you for a long time.

Maybe you'll reupholster them, maybe you'll change the bench cushions to multiple cushions, maybe you'll slipcover them at some point. But, if they're good basic pieces, all you may have to do in lean times is add a pillow or a throw to a couch, change the bedding scheme on a great bed, or get a new centrepiece for a dining room table to give your home a fresh new feeling. Yes, these basic pieces might cost a little bit more upfront, but they'll end up saving you money in the long run.

[image: Domino Magazine]