Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Changing the Look of Your Space Without $$

Today, especially, it is crucial to have creative, free ideas when desiring a new look. Just because there is a lack of funds for new design, does not mean there is a lack of desire for new design in any given space.
The following are quick, easy solutions to finding a new look:

1. Start with an empty space.
Often, for your mind to move past what the space has looked like, it may need to see the space literally cleaned out. If you want to drastically change a look or re-purpose a space, it will be worth the effort to clean it out. Make a list of what you desire for the space or what you must achieve in the space.

2. Bring things back, based on need, one piece at a time.
When moving items back in, only allow something to reenter if it fulfills a need that you have established for that room. If it is something that was previously in the space, try a new spot for it. Move all the big items first, before trying to accessorize. Once you have the furniture in place, you will get a feel for where the gaps are.

3. Shop in your own home.
We often lose sight of our own accessories or decorations if they have been in the same spot too long. When trying to achieve a new look, go shopping in a different room of your house. Finding a new location, for even just a couple things, can brighten up a space and bring new interest to loved items.

4. Less is more.
When designing a space, it does not always need to be filled. If you allow your color palette to speak to your design rather than objects doing all the decorating, you will find it easier to see a change in your room. Often, when you desire a change, you are simply needing more space. A rearrangement and de-cluttering is all you need.

5. Repurpose.
Decorating with objects that need to be in the space or finding a new design element to something basic in your home will provide a new look. Things like a glass, drink pitcher can look like an art piece or the simple framing of child's art or a special letter can provide new, sentimental design. Something like b00ks can provide height for a light fixture.

Bang For Your Buck:

If you have small funds and are looking for your biggest change, invest in color and or window treatments. Painting a new color on the walls can be as inexpensive as $25, but will transform the room's appearance. Curtains will soften windows and add design to any space, especially if color cannot be changed or added (like in a rental situation). A bold print can be used to liven up a space, while using a color similar to the wall will open up a space and add a visual interest through texture.

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