Decorating on a Budget - 15 Easy Steps




Article by: Indra Books

Many years ago I was told that the least expensive way to redecorate is to rearrange what you have. It was one of the best decorating , The Benefits of Choosing Black Bar Stools suggestions I've ever had-not to mention the one that can be the most fun to implement. How can you beat it? A new room-practically free! You get such a feeling of satisfaction when you accomplish something spectacular using your imagination and what you already have.

Of course, like many suggestions there is a good way to do this and one that isn't quite so satisfactory. So here's a step by step.

1. Choose the room , Practical Furnishing Ideas For Kid s you want to give a new look.

2. Decide on the type of change , Tips For Decorating A Large Kitchen you would like. Do you want it brighter, lighter, more sophisticated, or more casual? Do you want to give it a contemporary flavor or make it a bit exotic?

3. Take a good look at what is in the room , Different Types of Contemporary Chandeliers and decide what doesn't fit the new look/theme that you chose. What is worn out, out of place , Glass or out of proportion?

4. Assess the room: Stand in each doorway and in each corner of the room , Storage Ottomans and give it a good hard look. Would the furniture , Starting Your Own Redecorating Business: The First Key Steps look better on an angle? What is the traffic pattern? You don't want furniture , Buying Custom Wood Blinds sitting in the way of how you need to move about the room. , The Beauty Of Handcrafted Custom Made Furniture Most of us can't afford to have a room , Bar Stools Add Interest To Any Kitchen Decor that just sits and looks pretty. A well designed room , Antique Door Knobs works for you.

5. Make a list of the items you want tokeep and measure them.

6. Take a buying trip through your house , Bar Stools Add Interest To Any Kitchen Decor and see what you can use from other rooms. , The Beauty Of Handcrafted Custom Made Furniture One very important suggestion: double check measurements and colors , Slow-Down in Real Estate Market Not Slowing Furniture Sales of the pieces you have "bought" from other rooms. , Cottage Style Home Decorating: Cottage Cozy in the City If you want to expand a little, there are frequently friends or relatives who have pieces in their homes , Kitchen Decorating Is Easy To Do they would like to get rid of, so if you don't have quite what you like, check the family cast offs. Note: You might find you need to freshen your walls , A Look at Luxury Down Comforters with a coat of paint , Shedding Some Light on Lantern History or cover a chair , Venetian Blinds or sofa with a slipcover or purchase new lampshades, but expense should be kept at a minimum, or you defeat your purpose.

7. Once you have your look and know what pieces are available to you, put it all on paper. You need to have a plan, , Practical Furnishing Ideas For Kid Rooms because you could lose your 'willing' helpers if they have to move a sofa 6 or 7 times to get the right look because you didn't do your homework. Pay special attention to electrical and cable outlets, heat , Tips For Decorating A Large Kitchen and air , Bar Stools Add Interest To Any Kitchen Decor vents and doors , Amish Furniture For the Home and windows. , Shower Stalls and Ideas to Showcase your Bathroom Lighting is important and unless you're trying the hard way to keep the kids out, you want to be able to get in and out of the room , Thomas Chippendale and His Legendary Chairs easily and move around comfortably in it.

8. Clear your room. , Log Home Interiors and Log Home Interior Design Ideas Take the unnecessary pieces and accessories , Interior Redesign: How To Choose A One Day Decorator away and put the pieces you want to keep together in another room. , Are Candles Safe?

9. It's time to paint , Different Types of Contemporary Chandeliers the walls , Venetian Blinds and clean the windows , Cottage Style Home Decorating: Cottage Cozy in the City and woodwork if needed. Shampoo carpets, , Which Air Purifier is Best For You? wash floors , Practical Furnishing Ideas For Kid Rooms and make sure your background is sparkling and clean.

10. If there are any small items you are going to need to purchase to complete the look, go do it while everything is drying. DO NOT go shopping without a list. You have your plan , A Guide To Discount Bedroom Furniture and you know what accessories , A Guide to Kids' Shower Curtains you need to complete your look. The easiest way to get off budget and end up with clutter is to go without a list.

11. When the paint , Learn Your Way to a Successful Interior Design Project and floors , Condo and Small Space Living are dry, place , Choosing the Right Sheets rugs on the floor , The Advantages of Ionic Exchange Water Softeners (before you move in the furniture). It is also easier to do window , Antique Door Knobs treatments now while the room , Practical Furnishing Ideas For Kid s is empty. They can be adjusted later.

12. Gather your helpers. Move in the larger pieces of furniture. , Slow-Down in Real Estate Market Not Slowing Sales Add your smaller pieces such as tables and ottomans and then bring in the accessories. , Bedroom Decor and Furniture: Tips from the Professionals

13. Lamps are very important, so make sure they are located where they will work the best. Don't under light , The Beauty Of Handcrafted Custom Made Furniture your room. , Home Office Desk Furniture

14. Hang your pictures and adjust window , A Guide to Kids' Shower Curtains treatments.

A note: less is more. An uncluttered room , Antique Furniture: Appealing to Your Aesthetic Tastes With Their Grandiose Designs! will give a more of an impression of newness then one with too much of everything.

15. Enjoy your new room. , Cottage Style Home Decorating: Cottage Cozy in the City In fact throw a party and let everyone admire what you've accomplished. You'll be able to afford it with the money you've saved.

Happy decorating! , Antique Picture Frame
EzineArticles Expert Author Indra Books
This content for this article was provided by design , A Guide to Kids' Shower Curtains consultant to ON THE GO 4 U, Suzanne Copenhaver. Suzanne has years of experience dealing with less than perfect home , Interior Decorating With Picture Frames interiors and infrastructures. She provides in-home consultations on color, , Log Home Interiors and Log Home Interior Design Ideas space, and design , Antique Furniture: Appealing to Your Aesthetic Tastes With Their Grandiose s! and teaches workshops on decorating , Tips For A Large Kitchen for ON THE GO 4 U.

Indra A Books, author of many other lifestyle articles is also the owner and founder of ON THE GO 4 U, Personal Shoppers & Concierge Service in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The company's creed is to provide its clients with the ultimate life management experience. In addition to its shopping and concierge services, ON THE GO 4 U also publishes a monthly e-zine and conducts workshops on wardrobe, entertaining and decorating. , Cottage Style Home : Cottage Cozy in the City For more information , The Advantages of Ionic Exchange Water Softeners about the author and ON THE Go 4 U, please visit http://www.onthego4u.net

© 2004 Indra A Books, ON THE GO 4 U.

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