Affordable and easy decorating ideas for your home don’t have to be a large investment. In today’s economy people are looking for inexpensive ways to refresh their homes. Are you looking for affordable and easy decorating ideas to update, upgrade and enhance the value of your home? With a small investment of time and money you can improve your home’s appearance while increasing its value.
Lighting is a wonderful decorating element in a room. Sometimes its the simple changes you make that have the biggest impact. Changing the shades on your lamps can give your room a new look and feel. For example, recently I changed my lamp shades in my living room from square fabric shades to silk smocked fabric drum shades. When illuminated, they show the pattern and texture beautifully. One of the most important components of a lamp shade is the lining material. Two main types of lining are translucent and blackout. Translucent shades allow light to filter through and lighten up your room. Blackout shades block any light and only allow light to project from the top and bottom of the shade. Shades come in a variety of shapes and colors. Typical costs are $40-$60. When shopping for a shade, don’t forget to bring your lamp so you can try various shade colors and styles.
Decorating With Fabrics
Decorating with fabrics is another easy and affordable way to enhance the value of your home by making it attractive, comfortable and inviting. Be sure to choose fabric patterns matched to the scale of your room. Textures are great to add interest in the room while not making the room too busy. Accent fabrics pull the room together and by carefully placing the accent fabrics, you draw the eye into and around the room. Fabrics can be used in window treatments, pillows, lamp shades, ottomans, accent chairs, place mats, table runners, even tie backs. If you are on a tight budget, you can save money by adding decorative trim to your existing fabrics.
Changing your furniture arrangement is the most affordable way to update the design of your room. Start by analyzing the room’s function. Find the most interesting part of the room and make that your focal point. If you cannot find an object of interest, then create one. Then arrange your furniture to highlight or draw attention to that focal point. Remember to visualize the traffic patterns in the room and be sure to leave those areas clear. Most people find it easier to sketch it out on paper before you start moving the furniture. When the furniture is in scale to the room and arranged well, a good furniture layout will look great and feel good, as well as achieve balance.
Many people have beautiful furnishings but are not achieving the look that they want. Re-design is the art of updating your room design by using your own furnishings to create a new furniture layout. You do this by “shopping” your home for different pieces of furniture you may swap between rooms. In addition, with a simple coat of paint you can change the color scheme. Then, if the budget allows, you can purchase additional items to enhance the look of your room. This is a great way to save money, be creative and eco-friendly. When you re-design your room, you get instant satisfaction. In fact, it can usually be done in 1-3 days. Not bad for a small investment in time and money.
I hope you enjoy these easy, affordable decorating tips and ideas. And remember, have fun!
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