There comes a time when every home can benefit from a little freshening up, but there is no reason why redecorating or changing a room should cost the earth. With only a small and frugal budget and a bit of imagination, it is possible to create a completely new look for a room.
Change the Look of a Room with a Coat of Paint
The cheapest and easiest way to give a room a new lease on life is with paint. Walls act as a backdrop, a blank canvas for fresh ideas and looks. Paint is relatively cheap and a room can easily be completed within a couple of hours.
If painting a whole room seems like too much trouble, try just painting the door in a color that contrasts with the walls. As a general rule, walls doors look good with a sheen such as satin or eggshell, trim should be gloss, and ceilings should be flat.
Refinishing Furniture and Strategic Positioning
If the budget does not stretch to new furniture, consider pimping what is already in the room. In many cases it is surprisingly easy to re-upholster furniture with nothing more than some fabric, a pair of scissors, and a heavy-duty stapler.
Wooden furniture can be refinished using sandpaper to strip off the top layer of stain or paint and then re-paint in either a neutral tone, such as white or go bold with blues and reds to create a modern look.
For a really quick and free fix, try simply moving existing furniture around. That old chest in the bedroom might just work in the living room as a coffee table, while that gilt mirror in the hall could look great over the mantelpiece.
Its surprising how changing the furniture around can make a room feel made-over. Remember that where you position your pieces goes a long way towards opening up the space and enhancing traffic flow.
Rugs as Accent Pieces
A quick way to make a big change is to throw a rug down on the floor. A rug will visually break up the room; a big bold color or pattern works best, but be sure to anchor it to the spot by placing it under a coffee table or chair.
This way it will look as if it is serves a purpose and has not just been laid down for effect. Place a runner in the hallway from the front door. Not only will it keep your floor cleaner, it will visually lengthen the hallway itself.
Coordinate Your Accessories
Small changes can make a huge difference. Every room is bound to have more than a few knick-knacks and accessories and these can be used to create accent pieces. Accent pieces take a main color and coordinate it throughout the room.
For example, if walls are red, then red cushions on a plain, neutral sofa would act as accents. Continue the color theme with vases, candles, lamps and photo frames dotted around the room.
Focus on Window Treatments
Consider changing the window dressings, as they can have a huge impact on the look of the entire room. Team drapes with blinds to create a layered look or do away with the drapes altogether and have just the blind.
This creates a clean, streamlined look, which will add freshness to any room. Even better than blinds and a bang on trend at the moment, are wooden shutters. There are plenty of suppliers for interior shutters online.
These sites usually display shutters that cover the whole of the window or just the bottom half. Shutters serve a dual function, affording complete privacy and making it easy to regulate the amount of light entering the room.