January 26, 2011 10:31 am
RISMEDIA, January 26, 2011--Sometimes a change in dcor is exactly what your home needs to brighten it up. Even though your home may need a fresh look, it doesn't necessarily have to cost you thousands of dollars. With these simple tips and a little bit of creativity, you can save yourself lots of money, time and frustration but still feel accomplished in your decorating.
Start by working with what you already have. Moving furniture is a great way to give an old room new appeal. Don't move everything; rather, focus on one piece per room, such as a couch, armoire or end table. By moving one of the room's central pieces, you can change the entire energy of the room and give it a new dynamic. Adding lamps or artwork is also a smaller decorating feat you can tackle. By adding to or cutting back the amount of light in the room, you can definitely change its look and feel.
Changing your window treatment can go a long way. Though this could get pricey, it doesn't have to be. Try white muslin or loose, white sheer linen panels. The way that light enters the room will be attractive and definitely provide a change of scenery. Doing this in the winter is best because the diffused light will soften the room.
Consider large area rugs. For rooms with multiple rugs or none at all, consider one large one. Large rugs pull the room together and really provide the room with a central focus. Play around with different designs, colors and kinds and find the rug that suits the room the best. One decision like this could really change a room's theme. You can then change wall decorations or colored blankets and pillows to match.
Give your room a color boost by adding flowers. Flowers allow you to color coordinate specific rooms, helping you match various themes or designs that may already be in place. If you're looking for bigger changes, add unique colors. If your room already feels convoluted in color, try some white lilacs to draw attention elsewhere. Flowers can be as lavish or simple as you need them to be. Accessorize with them often and continue trying different combinations of color and type.
Redecorating a home doesn't have to completely drain your bank account. By being creative and resourceful, you can give your home a brand new look for a modest price.
Source: The Washington Post