Decor Tips to Redesign After a Split
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Living Single1 of 9
By Amy Elisa Keith
Get your life (and your space) back after a breakup with these easy-to-follow tips from interior designer and post-divorce renovation guru Susan Manrao.
One at a Time2 of 9
Recovering from a split is stressful enough, never mind the redecorating. But before you get overwhelmed, take a breath. "Think about completing one room at a time so that you can slowly change things out," says Manrao. To get your groove back, she suggests starting with the bedroom. "Don't just get new sheets," she says. "Really indulge with new pillows and a fluffy down comforter."
Shine On3 of 9
"Hang a chandelier over the bed," says Manrao of adding girlie touches to your new bedroom. "It totally gives you a new perspective and changes how you feel inside."
Gallery Girl4 of 9
Look to a new painting or other piece of art to inject fresh energy. "Art from your previous relationship can be a reminder of your life together," says Manrao. Choosing something on your own is empowering.
Color Correction5 of 9
Paint is the most impactful way to update your decor. "I really like combining pale blues with light grays and whites. It has a sophisticated but clean and uplifting effect," says Manrao.
Be My Guest6 of 9
Invite friends to keep you company during your post-breakup recovery. To make your space inviting, consider buying a new armchair and ottoman to add to your seating area, says Manrao. "Having people over is more comfortable if there are places to sit that don't involve pulling up the dining chair."
Dine In7 of 9
In addition to the living room, revisit your dining room to make sure it suits your newly single lifestyle. "Have a real dining table with seating for four to six people," says Manrao.
Setting the Bar8 of 9
Another entertaining must? "Whether it's a wine rack or a bar cart, a woman should have a bar," says Manrao, adding that "a woman should know how to make one really good cocktail, not just a vodka and soda."
Better With Age9 of 9
Add some soul to your newly redecorated space by featuring at least one vintage or repurposed piece, says Manrao. It will give your space a sense of history as you move forward.