When “redecorating” comes to mind, dollar signs probably do, too. Take a quick look to learn how to shop in your own home and save some cash!
First things first—room layout. By simply rearranging furniture, rooms can be given a whole new feel. A good room has good traffic flow. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there IS a lot of traffic, just that it is easy to walk into and/or through. With this in mind, think about what you might want to move around. Would the chair be better against a different wall? Is it frustrating to have to walk around the bed to get to the dresser?
Take a walk around your home and “shop”. Focus on what you’re looking for. A small trunk could double as storage and a coffee table, or maybe an old table could be used as a desk. Don’t forget the attic and basement—you’d be surprised what you can find! Once you have the furniture together, it’s time to accessorize.
Think unconventionally by turning a top sheet into a shower curtain. Use teacups from the kitchen as pencil cups in your office. That old map from your grandfather? Frame it and hang it on the wall. Switch the throw pillows from the bed to the sofa and stack books or magazines on a basket. Bring in flowers from outside for dimension and life. By adding indirect lighting such as a table lamp or candles, you can adjust the room’s mood. When accessorizing, try something and walk away from it. Go back to it a few minutes later and you’ll be able to see what should be changed (if need be) with a fresh mindset.
By using what you already have, you can quickly and easily transform your space in a non-permanent way. The best part is—it’s free!