Shoestring Decorating Part 2

Go for a Theme

For the room you want to update, choose a theme whether inspired by a favorite color, vacation photo, hobby or a decorative accent. Create a vignette of this theme for your fireplace mantle, book shelf or console table. A quick rule of thumb is to think in vignettes of 3 – items of different colours, heights or shapes. For example, if you want to create a vignette using candles, use 3 candles, each of a different colour or height, but of the same shape. For something like vases, you may to use three different shapes but keep the height and colour similar.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is the most overlooked way of transforming a space – it can be as easy and cheap as moving a lamp. The right lighting is not only functional, but can act as a powerful mood setter. One of the first things I look at when I walk into a client’s home is whether they have dimmers! Adding dimmers to a ceiling light fixture or floor lamp will allow you to create and control mood and light levels. And please, don’t forget to buy energy efficient light bulbs!!!

Create an Art Wall

If you have lots of wall space to fill but no money to invest in artwork, consider large groupings of photos framed in all black or all white frames….IKEA has the best frames for this low-cost effect. Group together photos from a similar collection (or that have the same size and theme) in order to create a symmetrical, uniform look on your wall. This will create huge impact for little money.

Flower Power!

And here’s one last easy home remedy for drab rooms on the cheap? Add color and style with live houseplants or flowers — an instant pick-me-up! I personally love Hydrangeas because they are so big and full….2 will easily fill a small to medium vase and add immediate colour and impact! Or imagine adding some flowers to gramma’s old silver teapot hidden in your kitchen cupboard that you never use….gorgeous! I hope these tips inspire you to unleash the interior decorator that I know resides in all of you!!


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