Here are 5 Simple Design Secrets to Transform a Room that won’t break the bank.
Looking for a quick, easy and affordable way to update a room? Read on to learn the 5 Simple Design Secrets to Transform a Room.I used to spend several hours and way too much money at home decor stores buying decorative items. Only to haul it all home and be disappointed with how it looked. What a waste of time and money. Then I learned all I needed was a plan for designing and decorating my spaces.
Whether you are in need of an easy room refresh or a whole room remodel having a complete plan for your spaces makes the process easier, less stressful, and creates a cohesive look to your home that you will love. A plan guides your purchases and you will make better decisions.
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Knowing these 5 Simple Design Secrets to Transform a Room will help you with creating a design plan for any space in your home. Whether you implement one, two or all five your room will have new life!
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These simple fab five I will cover are paint, lighting, area rugs, window treatments, and decor/art.
Paint yes, paint! Paint comes in endless colors and is so powerful. Just by painting a wall you can transform the look and the feeling of a room in a very affordable way.
If you are hesitant to go bold with a certain color then paint only an accent wall. Pick a wall with the focal point of the room and add the color. Don’t be afraid to be creative and experiment since paint can easily be changed if you aren’t happy with the end result. To play it safe and make sure you have the best chances of LOVING your paint color make sure to follow my five tips of what to do BEFORE picking paint colors:
- Use inspiration to guide your color scheme
- Pick your colors as the last step when designing your spaces
- Create color balance between colors and neutrals
- Create a whole house color scheme
- Test your color choice on your wall
Lighting is a necessity in our homes, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. With almost every light in your home you have an opportunity to add style and character.Lighting options include:
- Table, desk and floor lamps
- Wall sconces
- Flush mount and semi-flush mount
- Recessed and track
Think outside the box of lighting choices for the spaces in your home. Consider hanging pendant lights above a bathroom vanity, a chandelier in a bedroom or wall scones above a couch or above nightstands. Add a dimmer switch to help control ambiance when both task and mood is desired. As long as the lighting is functional for the desired task then you have the freedom to be creative.
An area rug transforms a space in several ways. It adds color, patterns and texture. It grounds the space, defines the area, brings a room together and adds warmth. Examples of where to place area rugs are:
- At your entryway
- Under a dining table and chairs
- Under a grouping of family or living room furniture
- Under patio furniture
- Under a bed
Area rugs can be found in many different shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. Make sure to select an appropriate size and shape for the furniture you wish to anchor and the space of the room. Choose colors and patterns that help bring the pieces together.
Window treatments not only add privacy but when you dress up your windows they also add a statement to a room. There are endless options of window treatments available in different sizes, shapes, lengths, materials and fabrics. They add color, texture and patterns to your decorating. They warm up a space and create a cozy feeling.
When it comes to picking window treatments consider both the material and the hardware. The type of window treatment is determined by amount of privacy, desired natural light, available wall spacing around the window and your budget.
Window treatments can be more expensive with custom made options and less expensive with pre-made options. Examples of window treatments include:
Hardware options include:
- Rods of different lengths, thickness and materials
- Grommets or curtain rings
- Knobs/drawer pulls
DECOR ACCESSORIES AND ART
Decorating your space with accessories and wall art is an easy way to add visual interest and character to a space. The larger the piece the more of a statement it makes. For example, large pieces of wall art or a mirror really draw attention in a room.A couple large decorations or several smaller accessories displayed together can also have the same effect. Examples of decorating with accessories and art include:
- A gallery wall with several different or similar pieces strategically arranged
- One large canvas, framed art or mirror hanging on a wall
- Several items displayed on a shelf
- Several accessories displayed together in a tray on a table
Be careful not to overdue it with lots of small accessories as they tend to lose their value in the clutter. Instead focus on a few key meaningful pieces and draw attention to those in your display. Several tips to think about when decorating with multiple accessories are:
- Use a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, materials and colors to add visual interest
- Create a center or focal point in the display
- Decorate in layers
- Create balance
- Decorate in odd numbers
- Mix vintage with old
- Leave breathing room between pieces
PIN NOW TO SAVE FOR LATER!You now have several simple affordable ideas to make your spaces beautiful! Enjoy refreshing your rooms!
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