Everyone dreams of decorating her home with unique styles that can be found on the glossy pages of a designer magazine. So how do you give the interior of your house a much-needed makeover while adhering to a strict budget? Do the design work yourself, of course! The following is a series of simple do-it-yourself decorating tips that will help you turn your home into a showroom without spending a fortune or having to hire an interior designer.
Paint the walls
Perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to transform a room from drab to fab is to spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint. Start by choosing a theme for the room you are redoing, and pick a color that corresponds with it well. For example, if you're striving for the look of a cottage at the beach, select a light blue reminiscent of a clear sky on a sunny day or a vivid teal that will remind you of the sparkling waters of the sea surrounding a tropical island. If a beachy look isn't part of your plan, pick a paint from the warmer side of the color wheel, such as a rusty red or burnt orange to give your room the feel of a cozy cabin or country home.
Visit a thrift store or garage sale
When it comes to redecorating a room on a budget, the old adage "One person's trash is another person's treasure" rings true, and there are few better ways to stumble across a great buy that someone else has cast aside than by visiting a local thrift store or scavenging through neighborhood garage sales. From old chairs and chests of drawers to bookshelves and bedside tables, you can turn plenty of unwanted items into works of art for your home by simply sanding them down refinishing them or applying a coat of bright paint to match the color scheme you've selected for your redesigned room.
Upholster a headboard
For a simple and inexpensive way to create a brand new look for your bedroom, give your headboard a little more personality by applying an interesting fabric that expresses the look you're trying to achieve. Whether your current headboard is a little bit worn and you want to cover it up or you simply want to switch up its style on a regular basis, upholstering the wood is quite easy and won't cost more than a slab of foam and a few dollars' worth of fabric. Check out these step-by-step instructions for completing your upholstered headboard project.
Make your own pillows
If you really want to dress up a room without breaking the bank, you can continue your home's new theme by adding a handful of homemade pillows to your couches, chairs and even your bed. With hundreds of thousands of fabrics to pick from, you won't have any trouble finding one that suits your style and your budget. Purchase several pillow forms from your local craft store (or use the tired pillows you already have at home), and visit an area fabric shop to choose a pattern that matches your personality and the look you want. For an even wider variety of fabrics to choose from, search available options online until you find the perfect fit for your redesigned room.