Five Ways To Update A Room For Less Than $50
You don’t need to spend a ton of money on redecorating your home. Choose one room in your home that needs a little updating. Take your time, get creative and have fun with some of the tips below!
1. Paint an accent wall.
New paint is an easy way to bring new life to your home. Pick a color that compliments your decorating scheme, or a bright color to bring energy to a neutral room. If you are a little color shy, pick a wall opposite of the focal point of the room (for example, behind the sofa). Just one quart of paint will be enough to cover one wall. On many websites you can upload a photo of your space, and apply your chosen color digitally to see how your new color will work before you buy. Renters can achieve the same look by hanging fabric or a tapestry.
2. Spend an afternoon at the thrift store or flea market.
With a few hours and a little patience, you could find a number of treasures. Look for interesting accent pieces, lighting fixtures, and wall décor. You may also be lucky enough to find vintage or almost new furniture in great condition. Remember that many items can be given a second life with a little spray paint. Many thrift stores have discount days where certain items can be up to 50 percent or more off. Do not be discouraged if you do not find a score right away, and remember that the inventory changes often. With a little time you should be able to find a one of a kind piece perfect for your home.
3. Bring a little of the outdoors indoors.
Healthy potted plants can freshen up a stale space. Choose interesting house plants such as a jades, cactuses or orchids and group together near a sunny window. Or, set up a small herb garden for your kitchen. To create an herb garden, pick several herbs that you use often for cooking (A good start is basil, rosemary and sage). Try placing your new plants in hammered metal containers for a modern look, retro milk glass planters for a vintage feel, or bamboo containers for an earthy feel.
4. Make use of blank wall space.
Purchase frames of several sizes and styles and spray paint in a favorite color. Group these together and leave them blank, or, place pretty paper or coordinating art prints in a few of the frames and hang. For rented homes, vinyl wall decals are perfect. They are inexpensive, and very easily applied (and removed.) Etsy.com and Vinylwallart.com have a huge selection of decals in all kinds of designs, colors, and designs; and many can be customized for your home. For smaller spaces, inexpensive art prints can be purchased on Art.com.
5. Replace accent pieces.
Replacing small pieces around the room will rejuvenate a space quickly and inexpensively. A sofa cover, new throw pillows or window treatments can completely change the feel and look of your living space. A very easy project is replacing your light switch covers. Look through wrapping paper or old magazines for a pretty pattern. Cut to fit the cover and glue with glue spray. Let this completely dry, and coat with a clear acrylic sealing spray (available at craft and hobby stores) to make sure the cover will hold up over time.