The word dÃ©cor can conjure up thoughts of huge expense, perhaps maxing out your credit card, and having to consult and pay a qualified interior decorator. Thatâ??s not so…
Consult home dÃ©cor shops for ideas
There are plenty of inexpensive dÃ©cor/home shops around, and they even show you how to put things together in their displays.
Take note of how they group different colours that work together, or how they add items to a room design, which youâ??d never have thought of yourself. Also browse around some expensive dÃ©cor shops to get ideas, before going to the more economical ones to do your purchasing.
DÃ©cor rule #1: Slowly does it
Concentrate on one room at a time – and you donâ??t have to buy everything in one month. Itâ??s amazing how just two vibrant-coloured cushions or a throw for a couch, can brighten and change a room from drab to a happy and welcoming area.
Keep the basics neutral
Start with your lounge. Itâ??s probably the place where you, and your visitors, spend the most time, so it needs to be a space that you find enjoyable â?? not boring.
Itâ??s easiest if you keep paint colour, couches and curtains or blinds neutral; then all you need to do is introduce colour with accessories.
This doesnâ??t necessarily mean contrasting colour; by adding the same colour theme in darker, lighter, or shinier shades to a neutral background, youâ??ll be giving depth and interesting detail to your dÃ©cor.
Add a bright ottoman, two large candles on a coffee table, a striking lamp or two, and a pot plant. Doesnâ??t have to cost a lot! Place a large basket in an empty corner for newspapers, magazines, etc, or toys if have small kids.
Add fresh colour to a room
Treat yourself to a bunch of fresh flowers (chrysanthemums are cheapest) each month â?? they can last for up to three weeks. Otherwise, buy three single stems (i.e. Barberton daisies, roses, lilles) and display them in three thin glass vases (or bottles) in a row on a shelf or counter top.
Fresh fruit piled in a nice bowl also adds colour, and like a pot plant, is soothing and very pleasing on the eye.
Ideas for empty wall spaces
If youâ??re bold enough, paint one wall in a contrasting colour. If and when you get tired of it, itâ??s not a big job or expense to change.
Make a feature in your dining room or kitchen with a large piece of chalk board on a bare wall â?? and let friends leave their comments. This creates a homely and personal feature.
Frame a bunch of photos with a common theme (your kids, a holiday, friends, old black & whites) in matching (cheap!) wooden frames, and group them together on a section of blank wall.
// A mirror (excellent for opening up a room) â?? and go BIG â?? not a little mirror on a big section of wall.
In the bedroom, make a headboard using a simple piece of wooden trellis (stain it dark, or paint it a funky colour), or cover a piece of chipboard cut to size with a stunning piece of fabric.
Remember to always start with the basic furniture items that you need. Keep it minimal and donâ??t clutter a room. Then build from there â?? accessories can be inexpensive and the best part of it is that when you get tired of them, or they get tatty (i.e. cushions), you can change them. Itâ??s an ongoing project.
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