Friday, May 28, 2010

Decorating 101: Transform a troubled room in an hour, a day or a weekend!

You don't need to take out a second mortgage to transform your troubled space into one you'll love.  In as little as one hour, you can make noticeable improvements to any problem area.  Listed below are some issues many people face and with some simple solutions, you too can revitalize your home and make a statement, one that you, your family and guests will delight in!

In An Hour:
(We'll use a living room as an example, but you can apply these rules to just about any room.)

Clear out any unnecessary clutter in the room and off the floor.  
If you find you have a sectional that is just too large for the room, split it up to create more of an open space .  
Add some pillows.  This is actually a really easy and inexpensive way to add colour to a space.  Another really inexpensive way is to look in your own backyard!  Look for branches and pretty flowers to bring inside to freshen up the look and add more colour.  
Lastly adding new lighting, will give you a completed look.  They should all be on dimmers to create any type of light you need when you need it.

In A Day:

One day may not seem like enough time to redecorate a room, but a few small improvements can make a huge difference.  For example, is that sectional or sofa suffering from stain overload?  You can easily get a slipcover or even better steam clean it and bring it back to it's original state or at least close to it.  
Adding art that is pleasing to the room will liven up the space and make it feel more complete.  
Once the sofa is cleaned, why not add an area rug?  The room will feel more cozy and comfortable and make it a space you will want to come home to.  
To complete the one day redesign, adding a coffee table and accessories from around the house (I fully believe in reusing, recycling), will add that finishing touch to the space.  

In A Weekend:

So what can be done in a weekend?  Repaint the walls in a warm neutral that is pleasing to everyone.  
Finding a new sofa that may better fit the space and your needs.  
After finding the perfect seating drapery is a nice finishing touch.  Keep them close to the paint colour for an airy feel and opposite for a more dramatic space.  
If storage is needed, depending on your needs, it can be found at almost any big box discount stores.  

Finally the easy and affordable improvements are done and you certainly didn't need a construction crew to do it.  Just some tips, time, a few dollars and some elbow grease was all it took.  Don't be surprised if you're the new neighbourhood design king or queen!  That my friends is decorating 101.  

(Photo courtesy of Emily Hagerman Design)

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