Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a top interior designer in order to get the most out of your room; simply following a few simple rules and help you snazzy up any room in the house, with a minimal of cost. Here are 7 simple and cheap updates that can liven up and breathe in some fresh air into any room.
Pick a theme and go with it
Picking a theme makes everything a lot easier, especially when it comes to narrowing down your choices. A theme will not only let you know what works and what doesn’t, but also helps provide a smart and classy look. Depending upon your taste, you can choose a bold or a subtle theme.
Zoning is a good idea
We always try to make sure that all the rooms in the house look tidy and clutter-free. That becomes a lot easier if you create zones within the rooms. The whole point of zoning is to create focal points that will draw the eye away from the rest of the room and you can use a number of tricks to help create them.
Increase storage to reduce clutter
Simply creating zones with focal points is not enough when dealing with clutter; you have get down on your palms and knees and do some old-fashioned tidying up. Of course, the question arises, what to do with all the clutter piled up that you need, but can’t throw away? Hide them in storage. This is especially easy when you invest in furniture that doubles up as storage compartments.
Play with patterns
You can make a massive difference to the way a room looks simply by incorporating or playing around with patterns. Whether you incorporate patterns into the room courtesy of a rug, pillow covers or curtains, the bolder the pattern is, the more prominent the change will be. Always make sure that the patterns you choose are incompliance with the overall theme of the room. There are so many themes that you can play around with. And have a look at these super-cute pug throw pillows as they just look amazing and will be loved by anyone with a pug.
Use lighting to your advantage
Whether you are increasing the amount of natural lighting entering the room or simply adding new lighting fixtures, a change in the way the room is lit can have quite an effect. Even the smallest lighting fixtures, such as table lamps, can help define a room and create the perfect look. Incorporating mirrors in a room is also a great way to play around with the lighting available at your disposal.
Change the curtains and blinds
If there is one single change that has the biggest effect on a room’s outlook, it would have to be replacing the curtains or blinds. As time passes, so do trends in window dressings. Unless you want to be caught in a room that looks like grandma’s house, change the curtains and blinds to keep up with the latest trends, just look at how amazing these new faux wood blinds are!
Hang pictures or artwork on the walls
There is nothing wrong with bare walls, especially if you have picked the right colour scheme and opted for contrasting colours. However, it is possible to make a wall the focal point of the room. In order to do so, consider mounting pictures or works of art on the wall. The make for an incredible focal point and can also be used to hide any blemishes or damage to the wall.
Keep these 7 simple tips in mind and use many of them at once for excellent results.
This article is authored by Rachel Sherry, an interior decorator and an avid blogger. She says installing great new window shades and blinds can make your room look more lively and elegant.