Do you have big dreams for redecorating your home but a limited budget? Consider these inexpensive ideas for creating an eye-catching interior.
Discover the power of paint
Painting is probably the cheapest way to quickly and inexpensively transform your interior. Costing just a few dollars a can, paint changes the mood and look of a room. Create more visual interest by using a complimentary color scheme within each room, such as pale green walls and dark green trim. Add extra pizzazz by using specialized techniques like sponge or faux painting.
Changing your flooring gives your home a new look. If you have old, worn out carpeting, consider ripping it up yourself and laying peel-and-stick vinyl tiles, which are inexpensive and easy to install. Or if the sub-floor is concrete, try staining it with concrete stain and throwing down a few area rugs.
Remember the ceiling
Known as the fifth wall, the ceiling can be inexpensively decorated to add unexpected visual interest to a room. Repaint the ceiling and install a new decorative light or ceiling fan or add a few strategically placed squares of faux metal ceiling panels.
Decorate with wallpaper
While filling entire walls with wallpaper can get costly, especially if you hire a hanger, it’s easy to hang your own wallpaper border. Coordinate the room’s décor by using wallpaper remnants to decorate items such as lamp shades, door panels and cabinets.
Repurpose used furniture
Scour garage sales and second-hand shops and even your own home for used furniture that can be repaired and then cleaned up, repainted or stained to match your interior. Get creative with the use of such furniture. An old bedroom dresser can be repurposed as a sideboard for your dining room, and after spray painting, a rusted, wrought iron bookcase makes a great baker’s rack for the kitchen.
Often it’s the details that pull a room together and add an eye-catching element. Generally, less is more when it comes to accessorizing, so focus on adding just one item per room. For instance, make a family-heirloom the focal point in your bedroom, find a painting you really like and place it center stage over your living room fireplace mantel, spruce up the guest bed with a colorful throw pillow, hang a set of plush, new towels in the bathroom, and place a stunning centerpiece in the middle of the dining room table.
Living greenery lends a decorative element to the interior. Strategically placed plants soften the hard lines of walls, windows and furniture and do double-duty by cleaning indoor air.
Place small flowering plants like African violets on end tables and use large floor plants such as corn plant (Dracaena) to fill corners. Hanging baskets brimming with draping vines like philodendron add visual interest by drawing the eye up. Using decorative containers for the plants also helps to inexpensively decorate your space.
Simply de-cluttering your interior gives your home an open, inviting look. Remove from each room any items you haven’t used in six months and consider editing out knickknacks, if you own a lot of them. For special collections that take up a lot of space, store a portion and rotate the pieces every six months.
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