From time to time we all get the urge to do some redecorating. Whether your home has gotten drab looking or simply needs an update, there are numerous inexpensive ways to address these problems. Many times, a room simply needs a few essential accessories such as new throw pillows, lamps or new rugs. Below, we go over a few more timeless home decorating tips that are easy to do and inexpensive.
Paint the Room
This is a good way to renovate any space that looks old or out of date. If possible move everything out of the room and give it a good cleaning before beginning. You should not paint over dust and cobwebs, so be sure to sweep along the baseboards. Though interior rooms are often painted with matte colors, a semi-gloss can give the walls a nice shine and protect against scrapes and spills. If it’s a small room, using a lighter color can make the room seem larger. If you are planning to sell the home soon, then be sure and use neutral colors such as beige and gray.
Rearrange the Furniture
This is another easy fix. All it takes is a little time and some hard work. Be sure to get family members to help out, as most couches and chairs require at least two people to move. If you’re having trouble deciding on a new arrangement for your furniture, look online for software programs that allow you to build a virtual room and put furniture in it. This can also be done with a simple pad and pencil, but doing it on a fancy software program will be more fun. Experiment with the arrangement of chairs, tables, sofas and even rugs and floor lamps. Remember that if you don’t like the new arrangement, it’s pretty easy to change.
Change the Window Dressings
One thing that makes a huge difference in any room is window coverings. If you’ve had the same mini-blinds on your Windows for years, then it’s time to try something new. Look through home decorating catalogs and online for ideas. Sometimes people just go out and buy curtains or drapes and put them up, when a room would have been better served with shutters. Plantation shutters on interior windows will make a truly stunning statement. These types of shutters have been around for many years and aren’t utilized near enough. If you’re on a budget, then watch for big sales at the home improvement stores or at online stores that sell window coverings. Many times stores like this will send someone out to your home to get the proper measurements. They will also install them for you and this will save lots of time.
Decorating with Throw Pillows
When you’re all done with your mini renovation, be sure to finish up with some adorable decorative throw pillows, fresh flowers, porcelain figurines, art glass, and other items that can tie the space together.
From Pillow Perfect – Accenting your Home from the Outside – In Since 1989.2016-01-21