With time and money at a premium, re-decorating can seem like a task that will never get finished. But in a few short hours, the house of your dreams can be realized by utilizing what's right in front of you. Follow our great guidelines and realize what made you fall in love with your home. The time and money you save will indeed be well spent.
1. Clear Away Clutter
Challenge: You wish your space could feel more spacious. It's funny how clutter can build up around you and you may not realize it. Perhaps the arrangement of your favorite vases, photos or knick-knacks no longer seems purposeful or needs to be refreshed.
Bright Idea: Streamline your decor and add visual interest to your space without buying a single thing. First, go room by room, putting all your knick-knacks and accent items into a box. With less clutter, you should already feel a difference in your area.
Now, from your box, pick three items for each room. The trick is to arrange them in a whole new spot. Isn't it amazing how new your old items can feel?
Finally, think about the leftovers. Maybe you'd like to save them for next time you refresh your space. Either way, this simple change of scenery will not only open up your space, it will open your eyes back up to some of your most cherished treasures.
2. Lighten the Linens
Challenge: You'd like your space to feel a little lighter. Oftentimes, heavy fabrics like wools, knits, crushed velvets and dark colors tend to make us think of cold winter nights instead of warm days.
Bright Idea: Lighten the fabrics around you. This can be achieved easily through a simple change of material or color. For your curtains, think about replacing a heavy drape with a sheer panel. A light cotton weave is also a nice choice because it lets light in without sacrificing privacy. For color and more texture inspiration, look to your summer wardrobe. You'll probably see a lot of bright, pastel and natural colors as well as linen and cotton fabrics. All of these will work to help you create a more summery space.
Next, change heavy, plush rugs to light, woven mats. This is a great time to give those winter rugs a little break and a good cleaning, which will help prolong their durability against snowy seasons to come. Another great option is to leave the floors bare. It's less expensive than buying a seasonal replacement and simplifies your cleaning routine, too.
3. Rethink the Furniture
Challenge: You'd like your space to feel new without remodeling. Perhaps that "same old" feeling is happening because you've had your furniture placed the same way for a while. Often, when we move into our home, we find the most optimal furniture arrangement and then leave it that way.
Bright Idea: Make your space feel like an altogether different place through a new arrangement. Reorganizing your existing furniture is a great opportunity to open up your floor space and make a big change without purchasing new pieces.
Start by re-positioning your largest furniture, like a hutch or couch. This will make the greatest visual impact and it will open up space to rearrange smaller pieces. Also consider turning items catty-corner to fit them in spots you may not have considered otherwise.
Next, switch smaller furniture from one room to another to open up your space. Swap end tables. Tuck your coffee table away for the season. Move a plant stand to a different window. Rearrange the appliances on your kitchen counter.
As you go, consider whether or not you really use each piece. If not, you might like to sell a few in a tag sale or give some to a friend who's recently moved to a larger place. It's amazing the way that changing your view from the sofa can refresh your whole outlook at home.
4. Refresh Your Rooms
Challenge: You'd like to give a new spin to some of the essential items around your home. There are some functional things that you either can't move or can't do without. You wish there was a way to refresh them easily and inexpensively.
Bright Idea: Add new beauty and a touch of fun to the more functional items in your space without spending much at all. Lamps and fireplaces are two great places to start.
Illuminate your lighting with nice, crisp white shades. This will brighten up the light they give off, thereby brightening up your whole space, too. Place beige or dark-colored shades in a safe place to use in a season like fall, when you're looking for a warmer, more candlelit feel.
Next, for an added spot of color in the room, consider lining the interior of your fresh shade with a bright color or pattern. Just make sure the fabric isn't so thick that it starts to block light from shining through.
Since you don't use your fireplace year round, but you can't move it, think about ways that you can repurpose it through warm seasons. One idea is to use it as a decorative space for displaying your favorite houseplants. Use an assortment of pot sizes, shapes and plant types to fill the area and add visual interest. Soon, you'll have a beautiful indoor garden right in your living room. You could also use the spot for fresh flowers or to create a romantic candlescape.
By reducing some of the items around your home and rediscovering others, you'll be sure to find that less is more when it comes to decor. And through very little expense, you've created a more open, airy space you can enjoy with family and friends.