Many homeowners enjoy giving rooms a new look as each season comes around. There is something magical about the way different times of the year inspire desires for new colours and accessories. But it can be very costly to do an overhaul every time you would like one. With a bit of thinking outside the box, however, it’s possible to embrace those decorating urges without spending tons of money.
Though it may seem too simple a solution, removing clutter is one great first step for opening up the house and giving it visual appeal. Over the difficult winter months, when weather or seasonal darkness can sap energy, lots of piles can gradually accumulate in living areas.
Sorting through the things you already own and putting them away can set the stage for more in-depth decorating. Tossing out stacks of papers and discarding items for recycling allows you greater access to just about every space – and it feels great too!
Shop at home first. Savvy decorators who know how to function within a tight budget follow this advice. This means taking another look at treasures that have been stored away for a long time to figure out how they might become part of a brand new decorating theme.
Some of these items are paintings, framed family photographs, area rugs, linens or accessories that have been put aside for a while. Take them out of storage and assemble them in a room designated as command central during the makeover. Try not to buy anything new until you take a good look at what you already have. You can always purchase some things for extra colour and pop as you go along.
Invite a friend whose house you admire to come over and help redecorate. Friends most always will look at belongings with new ideas for ways to use these cherished items. Tell your friend what you like most in their home, and ask how they achieved the look you like. Ask them to devote a day to renewing a your rooms using their talents, and spend lunch together as a treat.
You might experiment with improving the traffic flow by rearranging existing furniture to new locations. Changing out one lamp for another is a simple idea that can bring a new look and better lighting to a dark spot. Bringing out a little used vase and filling it with fresh flowers can brighten any room.
If the result simply won’t do, then buying a good quality paint that will coat well with less is the next step. Another is to only paint a wall that could serve as a focal point. Consult with your local paint store to determine some good choices. They offer free help when you are purchasing paint. Have them mix up small jars of sample colours to try out. These are just a few dollars each.
While we’re getting the grime off the walls perhaps we need now to look below our feet. According to Mark Thornton who runs a carpet cleaning firm in Leighton Buzzard customers are always stunned when they see just how much dirt can be brought out of their carpets. Your vacuum cleaner can collect some of the loose dirt but the walked-in and ground-in grime needs a professional’s expertise (and equipment). This is one area where it is worth spending some cash.
When new curtains are on the wishlist, rather than buying new, consider hunting for these often expensive items at consignment or thrift stores. Some redecorate their homes every year, sending their gently used items to charity. Complete sets of high quality or custom made drapes have been known to be found at these locations for a few dollars. If the lengths or widths are not exactly right, some simple sewing can change that easily. Consider leaving beautiful windows open if privacy is not an issue. The scenery outside can be refreshing when viewed from upstairs rooms or four season porches.
Clean or discard anything inside that is worn or shabby looking. Scrub floors and shampoo carpets. Then, it will be time to go shopping for pretty area rugs, pillows and any other accessories that can bring sparkle to the new decorating plan. S
hop at major discount stores which have lots of home goods available. Visit vintage and antique stores, looking for sale items that captivate. This is the fun, yet time consuming part of any home redo. Take along that friend with a good decorating eye, to advise if a new found item is really a good buy, and then enjoy placing the ones purchased in just the right places. With some creative thinking, each room of the house can take on a fresh new appeal.