There is a sense of pride achieved in a well decorated home, but if you are like most of us, you are on a tight budget. Redecoration can revive the senses, but it can be difficult justifying the effort and price tag that come with these changes. There is good news: a little can go a long way in sprucing up your home. Here are a few easy tips to transform your dwelling into a bright and inviting space.
Summer is at its peak, which means the days are still long. Start your thrifty redo with ways to introduce natural light into your home. Choose simple window treatments that are light in color and allow plenty of sunshine through. You can use fabric curtains or interior shutters for more of a minimalist look. This effect can also be achieved even if a room doesn’t offer much sunlight. Place a large mirror opposite the most prominent source to help brighten the room and create the illusion of feeling bigger as well.
Remember the little things can have the largest impact when decorating your home. Add a pop of color to the couch or bed with new throw pillows. Many places sell covers alone, so you can switch them whenever you feel like it. If you own a sewing machine, try making one yourself and add an iron-on appliqué for extra detail. Changing lampshades and cabinet fixtures are also easy ways to bring color and texture into your home.
Switch it up! Rearranging furniture in a room can give it an entirely new look. If you are feeling ambitious, read up on Feng Shui and incorporate its principles to improve the energy in your home. Another simple change you can make is in wall color. Whether you paint an entire room or just an accent wall, a new color can make a dramatic difference to the feel of a room without spending a fortune. If you live in an apartment, be sure to ask permission from your landlord before painting. Most will allow it as long as you return the walls to their original color when your lease expires.
Make a trip to the thrift store or flea market. While it is easy to get overwhelmed by clutter at these places, it is a great way to snag one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. Create a color scheme and snap a few pictures of the room you are decorating on your phone before heading out. This will help you decide whether or not certain objects will work well in the space before buying them.
Finally, add a breath of fresh air to a room with plants. Cactuses and other succulents are low maintenance and provide an element of serenity by bringing nature indoors. Live plants work double duty in your home, as they add texture in addition to purifying the air. If you are worried about not having enough light or a green enough thumb, artificial plants make a great substitute and can be enjoyed year round in any climate.