Renovation of the Month: Easy Interior Design Updates for Your Reston Home

Photo courtesy of Nicola Shelley, Synergy Design & Construction

By Nicola Caul Shelley, Synergy Design & Build

Not thinking about a complete home renovation, but looking for some design ideas to spruce up your space? Then look no further, because this month the Synergy team has some easy hacks any owner can do for an instant upgrade.

Mina, founder

Mina’s best advice?

“Consider using decals because they’re inexpensive, easy to order, and you can install them without professional help. I did this myself in my office with roses on a dark wall. Choosing this kind of contrast easily creates drama and a “designed” space while still being flexible enough to remove decals and choose a different paint color when you get tired of it on the road. »

Photo courtesy of Mina Fies, Synergy Design & Construction

Emilie, interior designer

When it comes to quick but high-impact changes, Emily has plenty of advice!

“If there’s only one thing you can do right now to update or modify your space to give it a ‘designed’ look, it’s paint, paint, paint!” Walls, that’s it! Painting cabinets is a whole different ballgame and painting walls is much easier, with big impact.

“If you’re able to hire a painter, that’s great, but even if you have to spend a weekend to invest time in taping, prepping and painting some of the walls yourself, it will do. a huge difference. The paint instantly enhances any furniture or decor you later add to the room. I’ve (DIY) painted at least the bedroom and living room of every apartment/rental/house I’ve lived in, even if it was only a year-long living situation. For me, the impact of painting even outweighs having to prime and repaint rooms to their original color at the end of a lease!

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Emily’s second tip (although, if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer or good at DIY, you might need a little outside help!) is to add vertical interest and/or add architectural details to a space. For example, create a tile, stone or millwork fireplace surround that goes all the way to the ceiling or add a shiplapped wall. These details create visual interest and can completely change the look of a room. Check out the carousel below for inspiration!

Maegan, Office and Guest Relations Manager

Maegan is all about letting nature be an interior design inspiration.

“This time of year is a great time to think about biophilic design. It may sound technical, but it’s not. Biophilic design is the practice of connecting with nature in our interior spaces. studies show that when we connect with the natural elements, we tend to feel less stressed, more restored and even more productive and creative.This is true for both our work spaces and at home and is quite simple to achieve .

  • Indoor plants are a great way to bring the outdoors inside. Or if you don’t have a green thumb, pick up fresh flowers weekly at the local grocery store or farmer’s market.
  • Let there be light… and fresh air! Open the blinds to let the sun in and allow it to filter through your space. And if the weather is nice, also open a window! Not only will this allow fresh air in, but you may hear the chirping of birds or the rustling of leaves.
  • Bring a water feature like a tabletop fountain. With so many people living and working in urban environments, the sounds of water can create a soothing change of pace.
  • Even suspended images of a natural environment can have biophilic benefits. Botanical prints or landscapes work well. Or any photos you’ve taken yourself while traveling or outdoors not only have the benefit of bringing nature in, but hold special meaning as they represent a special moment for you.
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Barbara, project coordinator

Barbara has two top design tips!

“Add floating wall shelves to a room to reflect your mood and personality. It’s a great way to showcase fun and special items that mean something to you. These items can be changed throughout the year. It’s something anyone can do and a great activity for the whole family. It’s easy and inexpensive. Let your creativity run wild and think about what makes you happy!

“It’s not just about interiors! My second tip is to update your patio or porch with flowering annuals and colorful pots and accessories. It’s an inexpensive way to add warmth and charm to your outdoor space, not to mention the added curb appeal. It’s perfect for the person who likes to “play in the dirt”. And extra bonus? Bees, butterflies, ladybugs and dragonflies will love it.

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Nicholas, Marketing Director

I’m not afraid to use color in my own home. If you’re not brave enough to paint an entire room or even an accent wall and prefer to keep your wall color neutral, you can easily add a splash of color with accessories. It doesn’t have to be just one color: choose a palette of around three complementary colors that appeal to you and bring a room to life with artwork, throw pillows and rugs. The good thing about this is that you can change things up as the mood (or seasons) change.

My second suggestion is to group more than one photo or artwork (like a triptych – three coordinating panels or images). Photo and Art Bundling is a great hack that doesn’t need to break the budget but gives a designer touch. It’s also great if you have a large wall where a room can feel a bit “lost”.

In the example below, the walls are neutral but the yellow, gray and blue accents and the grouping of the three artworks in the same colors bring the room together.

Photo courtesy of Nicola Shelley, Synergy Design & Construction

Check out some of our before and afters to see how we’ve used these ideas in local home renovations and get inspired by what’s possible in your space!

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