Save Money On Home Improvement Projects (Part 1)
When seasons change, it brings a new look to the great outdoors. But we cannot say the same for our interior decorating because we are limited with what our pay checks can afford.
If your checkbook looks bleak, you don’t have to settle for your living spaces looking drab. Don't give up because there are quick, easy and inexpensive things you can do to your home that will make it look bright and fresh. Spruce up the place without breaking the bank with these fabulous ideas.
- Use a Fresh Coat of Paint.
All your decorating schemes will start with your walls. One of the cheapest, simplest ways to change the look of a room is to change the colour of your walls. Plus, a new coat of paint gives your room an overall feeling of freshness. If you're not up for painting the whole room, paint less. Pick one wall and give it a coat of a contrasting colour.
Still too much? Paint your door. Use an unexpected colour for pop, or use two colours to bring out the contours of panelled doors. Even just painting the interior panels of your bookcase or an aging but still useful side table will give you decorator style on a minimal budget.
- Play with your lighting.
Just by changing a light fixture, you can bring an entire room into the modern age. Do-it-yourself stores have a great variety of stylish, affordable lighting options. It's not hard to change a light fixture -- just remember to turn off the electricity to that light at the breaker box before you get started.
Whether it is natural or artificial lighting, it can play a role in the mood of a room. You can change the amount of light in a room very simply and economically. If your room is too dark, take down your heavy curtains or shutters and let the sunlight in. If romantic look is your aim, use table lamps or floor lamps to put light just where you want it, and replace high wattage bulbs with lower wattage ones for a softer light.
Look around for a deal – you might find a great bargain on a beautiful used lamp at a flea market or antique shop.
- Give your floors some loving.
If you want to create a big effect in one fast move, just throw down a bold area rug. Rugs may be underrated just because they're underfoot, but a big, bright rug adds interest and an irresistible focal point to a room. Don't leave your area rug floating around, though. Anchor it with a coffee table or chair so it looks like it belongs there.
Throw down some rugs in the kitchen, too. Bathroom rugs with non-skid backing add a splash of colour and an oasis of comfort to work areas like the sink and stove. They're inexpensive, they come in a variety of sizes, and they're machine washable.
- Repurpose things you already have.
Look around your home and think of how items from one room could change the setting in another room. That old trunk in your bedroom might make an ideal coffee table for your living room. With a coat of paint and a set of casters, a bedside cabinet becomes a rolling bar. Maybe that painting in the dining room really belongs in the study. Try clustering items together, like candlesticks or coloured glassware, to create a focal point. Seeing your old stuff with new eyes can be fun, and the only thing you'll spend by moving it around is a few calories.
- Bring in the Outdoors.
When it comes to making the most out of your houseplants and gracefully integrating greens into your home, just make sure it can evolve over time and can allow for change.
Go bold or go subtle. A room divider of tall evergreens or a vertical garden makes for a strong impression. A small Boston fern or peace lily in a lacquered pot has subtle hints of change. No matter which way you go, though, the keys to successfully incorporating plants as a decoration are picking the right plant and choosing scintillating containers.