How To Re-Decorate And Refresh Any Room Without Spending A Lot Of Money
If you’re anything like me, you don’t have a bottomless wallet. I’m always looking for ways to re-decorate and refresh a room on a budget – or sometimes with no budget at all. All it takes is looking at what you already own with a fresh eye.
The Power of Paint
Never, ever underestimate the power of paint. Its inexpensive and transforming power is nothing short of amazing. Paint a whole room, paint just one a wall, paint a piece of furniture, paint anything! It is the #1 way that I know of to instantly freshen the look of a room without spending a fortune.
All it took was one gallon of white paint and one can of high-temp spray paint (for the fireplace screen) to totally transform this dreary and dated fireplace.
Click HERE to see the BEFORE and AFTER transformation of this entire room.
The only thing changed in the room below, is the paint color on the walls. What a difference. Notice that the gray paint “calms” the orange tones in the wood fireplace surround.
LIVE LAUGH ROWE
It looks like this small chest had already been painted once, but giving it a new color and painting stripes immediately brought it from just ok to fab.
This one won’t cost you one red cent! All it takes is a little time and elbow grease.
If your couch and chairs are against the wall, consider pulling them out into the room closer to one another. Everyone loves the feeling of intimacy this seating arrangement can create and a bonus is that the open space around your furniture can make the room feel larger. This diagram is a great example.
THE YELLOW CAPE COD
Think outside of the box. There’s no rule that says you have to have a couch in a living room or family room. Move the couch to a different room and bring in chairs.
Shop your house and rearrange your accessories. Either move them around in the room or move them to a different room all together. Think about new uses for the same object – a basket that usually holds magazines, might make a great container for a plant.
Whether it’s just one or a whole grouping, mirrors are a great way to brighten and expand the appearance of any room. Just remember to be mindful of what your mirror is reflecting.
If you don’t do anything else, by all means – declutter. It’s easy to become “clutter blind” and get used to living with the things that accumulate as we live our everyday lives. We get to where we really don’t “see” it anymore, but before you know it, you can start feeling closed in, unsettled and dissatisfied.
THE EVERY GIRL
Rethink and Repurpose
I already mentioned above to rethink how your accessories are used. You can do the same thing when it come to furniture. Completely change the look of a room by rethinking how a piece of furniture is used.
NOT SO NEWLYWED MCGEES
Add Some Life
Whether it’s something small or a large tree, something real or something fake, adding greenery or flowers to a room is literally like giving the room a breath of fresh air.
Primp Your Window Treatments
Add ribbon, pompoms or even a band of contrasting fabric to existing draperies or roman shades for a whole new look.
If you want to really open up a room and make it appear larger, raise those curtains rods. Hang your draperies several inches higher and several inches wider that the window frame. It will instantly make your ceilings appear higher and your windows look larger. Plus, it will let in more of that all important natural light.
Light It Up!
If one overhead light is all you have in a room, that usually just won’t cut it. To make a room feel welcoming and be functional, you need multiple levels and types of lighting.
These are just a few ideas that will hopefully inspire you, if you or your pocketbook are in a bit of a decorating slump. How about you – do you have any favorite ways that you like to freshen your rooms on a budget?
Thank you for sharing!
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Wow. I have the same layout as the floor plan above (sans one couch) with same window and fireplace placement and our furniture was arranged so similarly. Last weekend i talked the hubby into arranging the furniture on the diagonal because we weren’t utilizing the focal point/fireplace properly and the windows were blocked by two chairs and an end table. It makes the room feel very spacious and so much brighter that everyone walks in and loves it!
Great tips Suzy! I’m itching to make some changes to rooms around here! Thanks so much for sharing my dresser rehab…that one was a super fun one 🙂 See you soon!
Thanks for the tips! So much cheaper than buying all new things!
Great tips, my friend! Now, when you’re ready to spend some money, call me. I’m feeling a HomeGoods trip soon!
Great ideas! I see several that I need to do! Love the ribbon on the drapes 🙂
I am painting some of my rooms and am going with several shades of gray and wow does it ever make my rooms look larger. Now I have to shop my house to change the wall arrangements. I am always looking for inspiration from your blog.
Wonderful post with very feasible suggestions. My current concern is choosing window treatments for use with horizontal wooden blinds (needed for privacy). Would you share ideas in a future post?
Hi Karen. I think just about any type of window treatment will work with horizontal wooden blinds! I’ve used valances, upholstered cornices and drapery panels. If you search around on the blog, you’ll probably see several different examples.
All great ideas! I usually just move my accessories around…or add/subtract plants. My furniture placement is pretty much stagnant, due to room size…but by rearranging just a few things, I can always give it a new spin! 😉
All excellent tips!
Great ideas – thanks for sharing!
I enjoy moving my knick-knacks and pictures from room to room. It’s free and I’m sometimes surprised how much I enjoy an item in one room even more than I did in another room. I have a couple of cabinets where I store knick-knacks and picture frames that I like but that I’m not currently using.
What a talented lady. Love reading your blog and the pictures you post.
Great ideas.especially since I am on a budget. This really helped. Very creative.
Thank you for some great tips on refreshing!!!!
Great tips! A simple change is a big change ina room.
Wonderful suggestions, thank you for a very useful post.
Love the idea of raising the curtains for height…Rearranging furniture always gives a lift
What a terrific. Post…thank you!!
Really great tips and ideas. Thanks.
All I can say is “Ooh!!!!!!” Where do I start!