A beautifully decorated home is an expression of your personality and unique style, but decorating can become expensive quickly. There are ways to get the designer looks for less by just using your imagination and a little creativity. Below are some of my favorite home decorating ideas, cheap ways to give a room a new look, and simple tips to help you with your interior design projects.
All rooms are blank decorating canvases until you add accents. The function of the room may be clear, such as a bathroom or a kitchen, but it will lack personality until you add the accents. Here are a few ways to stretch your decorating dollars with accents:
Bold or Brightly Colored Accents. You can use fewer accents in a room if the things you do use are bold in color or design. These can be found at most dollar stores and discount stores. The visual weight of these items will fill a space more than many accessories that blend with the room's color. This theory applies to any room from kitchens to baths, living rooms to bedrooms.
Functional Items as Decor. The easiest way to add personality to any room is by making the most of objects that you every day. All that fruit that you buy to keep you healthy? Put it in a bowl on your countertop or in the center of your kitchen table and it becomes a decorative accent. The towels you use in your bathroom or kitchen? Select colors that compliment your décor and stack them by the tub or hang them on the stove and they become a decorative splash of color. Add color to your table by using those hidden away placemats, napkins, and napkin rings as a focal point and skip the vases of fresh flowers. The point is to make the most out of item you already have or will be using anyway.
A New Use for Bed Sheets. A fast an inexpensive fix for a dull room is to coordinate the window treatments and decorative pillows to create a harmonious and pleasing appearance. To do this without the hefty price tag is to use bed sheets. With just a little sewing, you can create curtains and decorative pillows that match and give you that professional interior design look.
Make Your Own Wall Decor. A large wall print can cost a small fortune, so why not save money by creating your own? For the cost of a large piece of poster board, a little paint, and a poster frame, you can have a unique large print as a focal point for any room. You don't even need any artistic talent. One way is by painting the poster board one of your main colors, then using painter's tape, mark off squares in a random pattern and then paint these squares with your other accent colors. When you remove the tape, you have a geometric design all your own. Another method is to take a black marker and literally scribble in wide circles all over the poster board and then paint the pattern by filling in the white space with your chosen colors.
Small Changes, Big Results. Sometimes a smaller change is all you need to see big results. One example would be to paint one wall in a room a color. This adds quick color without the cost of repainting the entire room. Sometimes, simply rearranging the furniture can give you new perspective on a room. Take out certain pieces and bring others in from other rooms until you are pleased with the effect. Never underestimate the impact that can be made by the smallest change.
Now that you have a few home decorating ideas, cheap accent suggestions, and a new way to use bed sheets, what rooms will you try them out in?