When discussing how they’ll set up their homes, people tend to make two big mistakes in regards to interior design. They give too much credit to interior design authorities, and they think that making an interior space look great requires a lot of money. The truth is that putting the pieces together asks for nothing but a common sense. As long as everything looks good, it doesn’t really matter which style it belongs to. Also, making your home visually appealing can be accomplished even on a shoestring budget. Keeping these two things in mind, let us take a look at some of the low-cost decoration tips and ideas.
Plan First, Act Later
A bad looking space is made out of rushed decisions. Before you start doing anything tangible, you will first need a very clear picture of what you want to accomplish. Although it’s advisable to look for discounted pieces, don’t buy something just because it’s on sale. You should think carefully whether that piece will fit into your space as you don’t want to end up with a bunch of useless things.
Use Paint to Your Advantage
Painting is probably the most cost-effective design upgrade you can make, so be sure to use it to the full. As long as you follow a few basic rules (e.g. small rooms should be painted in light hues that will make them look more open and spacious), you will end up with a satisfying result. If you don’t have enough resources to repaint the whole house, try to, at least, give each room an interesting accent wall.
Repurpose the Pieces You Already Have
People are very quick to disregard the items they own in favor of newer and, not always, more functional alternatives. But, if you repaint an old wardrobe that feels out of place in your living room in bright and cheerful colors and upgrade it with shelving, you will get a perfect storage solution for your kids’ room. A rocking chair can easily add a healthy dose of “Victorian spa” charm to your vintage bathroom.
Go Back to Basics
Trying to nail some look is not the same as flooding a room with anything that would immediately scream “vintage”, “industrial”, or “art deco”. Remember – the devil is in the details. One good-looking piece will have to say a lot more about a room than a senseless clutter of items that can be broadly qualified as belonging to one style or another. To make the long story short, before you make a decision on buying any new piece, first see if there is anything you can throw out.
Combine Storage and Display Units
Placing too much storage units into one room will make your space look cramped. Especially if the room is not that large to begin with. That is why it’s highly recommended to combine storage and display pieces into one. Keep “presentable” items (books, plants, art pieces, collectors’ items, etc.) in a display unit and hide away anything that’s not so visually pleasing behind wooden doors.
Use Sliding Doors
Essentially, new sliding wardrobe doors will give you much more freedom when deciding upon the furniture layout. Traditional swinging doors need too much clearance. That, by itself, is not that big of a problem, but put this type of wardrobe next to a double bed or some other heavier piece, and you will see just how much problem you will have finding the right clothes each time you have to go outside. If you choose sliding doors, you can put your wardrobe wherever you want.
Divide Larger Space into Different Zones
You don’t have to decorate the entire room at once. Instead, divide it into zones and redo them one at the time. Each zone should have a different purpose depending on your needs. So, if you need a place where you can relax and read, make yourself a reading nook. If you need a place to work, take one corner of the room and turn it into a small home office. The more distinct these areas are, the better.
As we can see, neither one of these ideas is too revolutionary or too expensive. But they all create harmonic and cohesive-looking interior space we sometimes struggle to achieve. Just keep the things small, use common sense, don’t try too hard to achieve some look, and your home will look stunning.