MAKE YOUR HOUSE LOOK
PUT TOGETHER AND DECORATED.
I decided to do this post last night. I had pinned a few websites on pinterest that promised to give me 75 ideas to spruce up my home or a blog that was loaded with great interior ideas and inspirations...I was kind of disappointed that not even a quarter of it was what I was looking for.
Then I remembered that not too long ago a friend asked me to help her to decorate her home. She has a fairly new house. It's not extremely fancy or any sort of outstanding, but the walls are recently painted, the furniture isn't too dated and all the cabinetry is gorgeous. What she need,s is a little bit of decoration that makes her space inviting, cozy and personal. I've also noticed that a lot of people just don't know what to do with their slightly dated houses and not always up to date interior.
Well, living on pretty much one income, I am the last person that is able to get new furniture, the newest decorations and all the pretty stuff that is out there as soon as I see it. So everything that I've done in the past three years, we've lived in our first (used) house, had to be on budget or preferably free ;). And it's not like artsy people like me do everything over night. It's a little at time and it changes all the time.
So here's what I've come up with:
THROUGHOUT THE OLDER HOUSE
And the smaller ones in secondary rooms, I simply spray painted the base either a nickel or a bronze.
(Also, if you exchange smaller table lamps to bigger, almost over sized light fixtures and shades, it will update your decor a couple notches.)
It can get a little expensive to exchange all the hardware throughout the house. Especially if you do all the door knobs, the kitchen cabinets and any closet and cabinet doors in the house. But this also adds to a better looking foundation for all the decorating elements you choose afterwards.
Anyways, I have a little secret that I learned from a wonderful friend. And I've used it in every room I've repainted ever since. So when I paint a ceiling a always paint the walls at the very top probably 5 inches down with the same white paint. Once that is dried I simply tape it along the edge with (any size) painters tape and then paint the walls with the paint of my choice. I just think it gives it a nice clean touch and saves me from cutting the edges with a brush.
LITTLE HABITS THAT MAKE EVERYTHING LOOK PRITTY
6. Trays and Plates do the trick.To make things look organized and pretty, I usually put everything, that has to sit on the same surface, in a tray, a nice plate ore anything with lower edges that defines clean
lines around the clutter we use in every day's life.
9. Everything you frame, looks instantly more expensive and special. It can be you're kids art work like I did here, but it can also be a simple photo that you took (in black and white), a collectable or simply a pretty napkin or scrapbook page. The options are endless. The key is to use nice looking, matted frames and not flimsy old fashion ones ;). But I have used a lot of frames from the dollar store or spray painted fancy old frames.
10. Treat your windows well! Every window needs a covering of some sort to make a room look finished. Even the laundry room is worth putting in effort. And using fabric, again, will soften a room. Using TRENDY fabrics will make the room outstanding!
INEXPENSIVE LITTLE CHANGES
(Here I've used, canvases, frames and a wooden letter.)
16. Lanterns and candle holders are one of my favorites to decorate any space. There are so many beautiful ones out there. I would suggest to buy these new at a place like homesense. They have a number of beautiful reasonable priced ones and they know whats "in" right now. So you can't go wrong. :)
18. Letters and fonts. It doesn't have to be vinyl on the walls all over place (which I have on a couple walls as well). But nicely stenciled words on doors, a large wooden letter on a side board or a framed letter on a little shelf somewhere, will personalize your house throughout.
BIGGER DEAL BUT BIGGER IMPACT
I like to use them on tall narrow walls like this corner in my bedroom, the hall way or the entry way. But they look very stunning above a high tufted head board as well. (You can get some from $39.99 at either homesense, superstore or walmart)
So, that's my little list of rules for a better decorated interior on a budget. But I have to add, every house looks a lot better, when it's clean and cared for. I make sure to declutter as often as I can, to purge on a regular basis and try to vacuum and wipe things off a few times a month ;).