It’s Spring! It’s time to air out those musty drawers and closets, freshen up the furniture with a fabric cleaning, and maybe even redecorate a room or two. After all, Mother Nature is changing her décor – why shouldn’t you? While it’s true that redecorating can be expensive, you can save a lot of money by tapping your creativity, rather than your bank account. Don’t spend a fortune at a pricey furniture store – you can get the look you want in a thousand inexpensive ways. Take a look at these decorating suggestions; they’re clever, affordable and easy. How many of them will be right for you?
Add A Leather Sofa
If you have a couch that’s seen better days, or if you scored a beautiful, but damaged couch at a garage sale, you can give your sofa a much more expensive look by having it reupholstered in leather. Leather fits into both traditional and contemporary décor, and it lends a touch of class to any room. If you already have a leather sofa that needs some serious TLC, a professional furniture restorer can reupholster leather couches to look brand new, and at a fraction of the cost of a new leather sofa. Even if you make no other changes, the addition of a leather sofa will transform the feel of a living room or den.
Change the Color of the Room
This strategy is easy and inexpensive. Decorating magazines are full of beautiful spaces that were transformed with simple, color-coordinated accessories. Change neutral accessories, such as pillows, rugs, lamps and wall art, with accessories that bring a bright pop of color to the space. Combinations of navy and white make a room look breezy and fresh; bright red accessories add a splash of vibrance; yellow makes a space look sunny and cheerful. You can double the impact of this change by painting the walls in a complementary color; for example, if you have bright blue pillows, walls in a creamy ivory or pastel yellow will give a room a coordinated look. If you don’t want to commit to painting the whole room, you can paint trim, paneling, or door and window frames in an attractive accent color.
Play with Lighting
You might be surprised just how big a change lighting makes in a room. You can make a room look bigger instantly simply by replacing heavy window drapes with sheer lace panels, or with nothing at all. You can draw attention to your favorite plants or objects d’art by putting them under a spotlight on a shelf, or by installing dramatic evening uplighting to make them the dominant element in the room.
Plants can make a space seem more relaxed and soothing, and there are many inexpensive ways to add them. Install a bubbling tabletop fountain adorned with moss, or a dramatic “living wall” – a mass of low-maintenance plants installed in a wall-mounted frame.
If you want a more substantial redecoration, you can have your old furniture altered, reupholstered and delivered back to you for less than it would cost to buy it new. Even sofa delivery is no problem for a furniture professional. With a little creativity, and a little help from a pro, any room can go from drab to fab!