Spring is in the air, and with it, the desire in many of us to freshen up our homes. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a gobs of money for a new look. Now, I love shopping for new things as much as the next gal (maybe more!)Â but ready for a secret? You can update your home without breaking the bank. First, try some of these simple ideas that will make a big difference fast! by Paula Gaull
Fresh Fix #1-Paint your walls
Painting is by far the quickest and easiest way to transform a room. Here are some ways to narrow down color choices:
- Use an inspiration piece that will stay in the room–like a painting, or rug–as a guide.
- Choose a color from nature that you love.
- Take a look in your closet. See all those blue shirts? Maybe they’re telling you something. Choose a paint color that looks good on you and you’ll always look good in that room.
Fresh Fix #2: Change your lighting
One of the most important, but overlooked elements in decorating is lighting. Lighting can really affect the look and feel of a room.
- Arrange your lamps in a triangle pattern.
- For dramatic effect, layer 3 light sources: floor/table lamp, chandelier on dimmer, candlelight.
- Don’t overlook natural light. Pull back the drapes and let the light in.
Fresh Fix #3: Re-arrange your furniture
Often when a room doesn’t feel “right”, the issue is furniture placement.
- Create a comfy conversation area.
- Tip: Get furniture placement cues from your last gathering–did your guests move chairs to be able to better chat with each other or comfortably reach food on the coffee table?
- Pull furniture off the walls for interesting feel.
Fresh Fix #4: Accessorize like a pro
Accessories are the most personal (and fun!) part of decorating and the key to making a room feel pulled together.
- Shop your own house for pieces with similar colors, textures and themes.
- Arrange pieces of varying heights.
- Use groupings in odd numbers: 3 and 5 are common.
Fresh Fix #5: Surround yourself with things you love
Here’s the biggest secret of all: your room should be about what you love, not about rules or what someone else likes.
- Have at least one piece in your room that makes you smile every time you look at it. For example, I have a delightfully cheesy “Cat Pirate” painting.
- Make your room work for you and your family.
- If you’re hanging onto a piece of furniture you hate, don’t agonize, or worse, decorate around it. Just get rid of it!
About Paula Gaull Stylist Paula Gaull, founder of New Leaf Redesign, is a Certified Interior Staging Specialist (CISS) and an award-winning redesigner. She combines a background in real estate sales, marketing and advertising to bring a unique set of skills to her staging and redesign projects. Her one-day room makeovers have earned her national recognition.