Inexpensive ways to redefine a room: Could it be just a trashcan away?
Are you looking for inexpensive ways to redefine a room? It’s a perfectly natural feeling to grow weary of your house surroundings. If you are a homeowner on a carefully sculpted budget, you may feel as if the money and moment to redesign your living quarters will never sync up. As a result, your home will carry the same look year after year. It doesn’t have to be this way! There are simple and inexpensive ways to redefine a room or liven up your living space. All you need is a little bit of money, a little inspiration, and a little bit of time to breathe new life into your home.
The cheapest way to redesign a room is completely free…get rid of stuff! Clearing out a room can do wonders for the soul, and can make space for improvements. Trinkets, knick knacks, books, DVDs, and pictures can begin collect after many years of living in the same space. Evaluate each item, big or small. You will find that an item that used to hold a great deal of sentimental value to you may not mean as much to you after seeing it everyday for 10 years. Is there a chair or table in the room that serves no purpose but to take up space? If so, you don’t need it! Be active and assertive in realizing your vision of an updated room. Box things up, throw things away, re-purpose items for another room, start a yard sale corner for the things you can do without. Getting rid of stuff is the first step in the process of updating your space.
Once you’ve thrown things out, pat yourself on the back, and have a short rest. Look around the room. Figure out a way to rearrange the furniture. You’ve been sitting on the couch or sleeping on the bed in the east corner of the room now for years, what would it be like if you changed it up, and moved the couch or bed to the north wall of the room? Give a new furniture layout a trial run for a week or two. If you like it, congrats, you’ve redesigned your living space without so much as spending a penny! The wonderful thing about this step, is if you don’t like the arrangement of the furniture, you can always move it again.
The most obvious inexpensive way to update a room is to paint the walls. Don’t let the excuse of “Well, if I paint the walls, I’ll have to get new curtains, and a new color couch, and a new rug to match!” Nonsense. No one said you have to change the color of your walls. After years of coating your house walls, paint can dull and dirty. Slap a fresh coat of the same color, or a slightly darker or lighter version of the same color on the walls, and see the difference it makes.
If you do want to change the entire color of the room you are updating, and are not working with a huge budget, there are DIY instructions for sewing window treatments and couch covers that will alleviate having to go out and spend bookoos of money on designer drapes and sitting furniture. If you don’t fancy yourself a seamstress, the eBay or big box store route may help you find what you are looking for at a low price. The point is, don’t let idea of painting a room scare you out of your home project. There are frugal ways to accessorize and coordinate colors in a room revamp, you just have to be creative and keep your eyes open for good deals.
Depending on your preferences, your newly painted walls may call out for a touch of decoration. If you’ve decided to re-use some of the art that originally hung in the room, hang it in a different spot. Look around your house, in the attic or basement as well, and see if there are any works of art that you could hang in your updated room to give it a new look. Check out the local Goodwill or Salvation Army for items to hang on the wall. You never know what kind of art you can find at a thrift store!
Another option for the updating your walls would be to hang a tapestry in the room. Tapestries can be an enormous room changer, and they can be found frequently on the internet for less than twenty dollars.
Accessorizing doesn’t have to be limited to just the walls of your home. A vase of fresh flowers from the garden is a welcome sight in any room. Pillows can be a modest way of introducing some fresh color in a room as well. There are plenty of economical ways to accent a room, you just have to be creative in your thinking.
You will find that attention in updating even the tiniest of details will give your room a blast of new energy. Is there a bureau or desk in the room with old gold or ancient handles? Is there a ceiling fan with a plain or gaudy pull chain? Is there a door with an outdated knob? Change those things out! Décor stores like Homeclick will always have a sale on high quality pull handles and knobs. You can easily find good looking, quality, bargain handle replacements for your drawers, doors and fans. You never realize how eye catching those little items can be until you’ve updated them!
Now get to work. Use your imagination and have fun with these inexpensive ways to redefine a room or why not the whole house!