Redecorating for the new year: great tips for a variety of interior spaces
In Great Britain and Australia, the phrase “ring the changes” is used to suggest making something more interesting by changing it in some way, and there is no better time to ring the changes than at the start of a new year by giving a home a makeover. Redecorating can be fun, and there are a few techniques that help make it easier to do on a budget. Here are some ideas for cost-effective remodeling.
Living rooms can get a really great boost by adding extra color. There is no need to redecorate all the walls, however. Instead, pick one area that is a focal point and paint it in a bold and contrasting or complementary color to enhance the look of the space. Then add a few cute patterned cushions in bright shades to give the existing furniture a chic upgrade. Add an attractive rug to match the color on the newly painted wall.
To brighten up a kitchen without spending money to replace it, try replacing only the kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts to achieve a new look. Another option is to decorate existing cabinets and drawers either by painting them or using a stencil to create interesting shapes and patterns. Countertops can be treated in the same way. Try buying some cheap brightly colored plant pots and create a cheerful indoor garden in an empty corner.
While splashes of color can make a living room homely, redecorating the dining room is an opportunity for cleaner lines and muted shades. Simple themes that are very effective and cheap include opting for black and white accessories or using a uniform color throughout the room – existing table linen and cushions can be dyed to match drapes, for example. A lovely makeover tip for dining chairs is to make slipcovers from unwanted tablecloths or other fabrics, resulting in a whole “new” suite of furniture.
Giving a bathroom an inexpensive makeover usually means focusing on the walls, ceiling and accessories, since replacing an entire bathroom suite is a much costlier option. Windows are often overlooked, yet self-adhesive decorative window film can create attractive opaque designs. There is a wide variety of inexpensive finishes to choose from for producing frosted or etched effects in a number of different colors, while still permitting a large amount of light to enter the bathroom. Applying fresh, pastel shades on walls, the ceiling and a vanity can add to the sense of spaciousness in a bathroom; since this is a relatively small room, not too much paint is required. Coordinated bathmats and towels and clever storage solutions, such as a shelf over the bathroom door, will keep things looking tidy.
Get inspiration from other people
Sometimes other people’s ideas can provide the inspiration that’s needed – trying checking out US houses for sale in the local neighborhood to get a good look at the traditional and contemporary interior design ideas that other folks are using. After all, good interior design is all about ideas, and often the simple ones are both the best and cheapest.