Design on a Dime
When you’re just starting out, it’s easy to get sucked into the trap of outfitting your home with the fixtures of a well-known Swedish modular furniture store. Billy bookcase, anyone? Your budget may be small, but that doesn’t mean you can’t think big when it comes to your home décor. A few simple ideas will let you show off your style without breaking the bank.
Flea Market Finds
The flea market, the same place known for knock off purses and Elvis busts, can also be a source of inspiration for home design. That mirror in the corner with the ornate frame can be made new again with a quick coat of black or metallic paint. The small, beat up night stand can double as an end table in your living room with a little sand paper and a fresh coat of varnish. The not-quite-antique dining room set can get a second life with some new, inexpensive fabric covering the seat cushions, and that DIY project is easier than you might think. That fancy dinner party you’re hosting will be a quirky hit with a mismatched set of dishes for every course.
Window Treatments are a Treat
New window treatments are a quick, inexpensive way to change the look of the whole house without changing the whole house. New drapery can add a dramatic touch to the living room while solar shades in another room let in natural light while blocking the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. If outfitting every window in the house isn’t in the cards (or the budget), consider swapping them out one room at a time. Once you see the difference new window coverings can make to the look of the room, you’ll be hooked.
DO Look Down
Have you had a good look at your floors lately? Even a new, cheap linoleum floor looks brighter and cleaner than an old, dingy one. If you have some time on your hands, a new coat of dark stain on wood floors can add a dramatic look to a room. Dark stain comes with the added bonus of camouflaging spills on the floor better than lighter colors. New tile in the bathroom isn’t exactly a weekend project, but if you fancy yourself pretty handy it’s one that makes a big change without a big expenditure.
The appearance of your home says a lot about your personality. With some extra time on the weekend you can make sure your home says “I love this place!” in every room.