If you are planning to overhaul your home decor, update or entirely change the look and feel of your home there are many ways to approach a redesign. The good news is that with some creativity and resourcefulness you can redecorate your own space at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional. If you are ready to tackle updating your home, we've got a few tips to help get you started.
Two Tone Your Look
For a professional look, design your room or space around two focal colors and not one. What you want to do is start with a color you simply love as the main or anchor hue of the room. The dominant color should be your favorite as it is the one you will use repeatedly in theme and for most people, it will be the color you choose the paint the walls as well.
The second color you choose should be complimentary but does not necessarily have to be within the same spectrum as your base color. For example, choose a chocolate brown and accentuate with a lively teal color. If you are looking to create a more neutral look, choose complimenting beige or butter color.
Whether aiming for high contrast or a soothing neutral effect, choose two quality colors that incorporate the accent shade with your accessories. Toss pillows and blankets, artwork, rugs and decorative elements can share one or both colors for a cohesive professional effect.
Reuse and Repurpose
Do you know that the three R's of decor are reuse, re-purpose and redecorate? It doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg to create a new look in your home. This is where your imagination and some creative license comes in. While it's fun to shop for new accessories (and you'll always find new things to add to your space as you go) a lot can be done by simply using what you have in a new way to accentuate your design scheme.
Start by looking at pieces currently in your home. Can something be repainted or recovered with a fresh new fabric? Old tables can be quickly re purposed with a coat of paint and some new accessories. Occasional chairs can be repainted and easily recovered to create new seating areas. Get rid of that tired coffee table and replace it with an ottoman and tray instead. Create a little vignette in a corner with a deco lamp and a great table.
No room for a new sofa in your budget? Explore a new slip cover. It's an affordable way to update your sofa and choose a fabric that perfectly matches your new design scheme. Another benefit of using the slip cover is that it can be easily removed for cleaning and most slip covers are stain resistant, machine washable making them a family friendly choice for homes with children and pets.
Did you know that the door or entrance way is the most overlooked part of the home when it comes to redesign? How many times have you seen a great room with amazing style that falls short at the door? There is a misconception that replacing wood interior doors is expensive, but there are so many manufacturers creating affordable options for any price point that you are sure to find something you love within your decorating budget.
One of the newest design trends leans toward contemporary or deco doors in a variety of fashionable finishes and wood grains. A designer door at an everyday price not only fits with your budget but can completely transform a space. Contemporary door styles are anything but boring, and manufacturers are putting a lot of work into making the wood interior door a more important design element and key architectural feature.
Without adding anything at all or spending a dime, you can update your decor and make your space more interesting simply by moving furniture around. Break your traditional design conventions and create unique seating opportunities and rearrange elements inside your room to create a new look. Not sure about a layout or where to begin? Start by surfing interior design websites. They are a great resource for ideas that you may not have thought of and innovative ways of arranging both furniture and accessories.
Yard sales are a great way to get rid of things that you no longer want. If you have a number of accessories or furnishings that you are simply tired of looking at, why not host a design swap at your house? Have a party and invite friends to bring over 1-5 items that they want to trade. Since everyone's taste is different, you'll be able to trade off your good condition accessories for interesting things that you would have probably never chosen. Another great way to update and get a fresh new look.
For more information on decorating your decor on a dime, check out this article from Apartment Therapy for great ideas and inspiration.
Paul Nach works at 27estore.com, a company focused on offering quality home remodeling products like wood interior doors. In his free time and whenever snow is on the slopes, Paul likes to snowboard - going to the beach is also an alternative :)