Living room decor Monday, January 01st 2018.
– If the floor is in poor repair, consider using a larger area rug. Perhaps even refurbish only the area of the floor that isn’t covered by the rug.
– As with any other room, one of the least expensive ways to get more bang for your buck is to paint the walls; this can go a long way to helping you create a whole new look and may even be all that you need to do. Doing the painting your self can save you hundreds. Always test your palette before introducing major changes.
– When choosing your color, make sure it’s something that you can live with. Yellows, light greens, and creams create a light, airy feel. Pastels (pinks, lavenders, blues greens) lend themselves to a restful, romantic feel.
– Most colors have warm as well as cool hues. Warmer colors give your room a more intimate and secure feeling, whereas cooler hues give your room a more calming, restful feel. Complimentary colors, like different shades of the same color, can help unify a whole home’s décor, while contrasting colors add drama. Unite adjoining rooms of differing color with a single trim color everywhere.
– Don’t be scared of bold colors, even in small spaces. You can always take it down a notch by using a lighter shade or by applying white trim.
– If painting an entire room is not in your budget, try just doing one wall for a nice accent in the room.
– Avoid high-gloss paint unless you’re walls are perfect (that never happens!) because this type of paint will show off every imperfection.
An easy and affordable way to add elegance to your walls is with the use of stencils – try a tone on tone effect for a more subtle, elegant feel and look.
– Increase your decorating options by using, or making, double-sided, reversible curtains and pillows – maybe even sofa or chair cushions.
– Extend the life of a pricey piece of furniture, such as a comfy chair, with the use of a slipcover used seasonally. Slipcovers are now pretty inexpensive and easy to find (try Bed, Bath & Beyond or Amazon.com) and you can buy extra sets for quick changes, perhaps for a new festive look or even for the holidays.
– Search architectural salvage stores for saving money on interesting pieces.
– Inexpensive upholstered pieces can be found at flea markets and if you’re able to get a good deal and see beyond the fabric on it, you can find inexpensive fabric at outlet stores and have it reupholstered for a fraction of the price of a brand new chair.
– Built-in bookshelves with nice molding can be an inexpensive way to add architectural detail to a room and can be easy to install if you know what you’re doing, or know someone who does that can help.
– Try to find a modestly priced cabinet to hide clutter, especially things like audio equipment. You can find cabinets in discount stores in every size and style these days.
– Making simple, inexpensive changes can bring a dark winter palette into a lighter, more welcoming spring palette. A light colored slipcover on a chair or a tablecloth on a side or console table can accomplish this, as well as changing out a lampshade for a lighter one.
– Hang a small collection of empty frames on a wall; it creates an open window effect that looks wonderful and can really play up a wall that has stripes or other wallpaper or stenciled design (looks great on a solid wall, too).
– Often, seasonal changes only need a few inexpensive modifications to the room. New lampshades, tabletop treatments and fresh flower arrangements will often do the trick.
– A mirror over a mantel can give warmth to and open up a room.
– Change winter’s darker curtain panels for lighter, more airy ones. Curtains can make a dramatic change to a room.
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