Our homes are our havens, the place where most people withdraw into their own space so it is only fitting that that space should reflect individual taste and personality. Decorating a home is easy and even inexpensive. Any budget can stretch to finance a little home decorating.
Whether it is a first home, a new home, or just a re-do of the same old surroundings, home decorating is easy. Begin with one room. First, choose two things: a color scheme and a theme.
The choice of color comes first because matching other decorative items depends on the color. Bright colors like vivid reds or rich, deep blue are ideal to build a modern theme with or a Native American southwestern look. Cooler shades like lavender, peach, or aqua lend themselves toward romantic themes, softer, seasonal themes or ocean themes. New trends allow a single wall to be painted one shade while the other three are painted in another complimentary color. Paneling on a single wall can work well with a rustic theme and some paneling today comes pre-printed with designs that range from deer and forest styles to nautical themes with anchors.
Children’s’ rooms can be painted with traditional blue for boys or pink for girls or done in a contemporary theme that suits the individual kids style. One wall or the entire room can be devoted to a favorite character or them, whether it may be Disney princesses or Lightning McQueen.
Once the color and theme have been selected, it is time for a shopping trip. Look for items that compliment the theme. For example, an ocean themed bathroom can begin with light aqua walls. To compliment the ocean theme, look for items like a dolphin shaped night light, mermaid styled cups or toothbrush holders, shower curtains with sea life (fish, dolphins, etc) prints or even a palm tree print. Rugs can accentuate the theme by blending into the color or coordinating with it. For a seashore bathroom motif, cool blue rugs could mimic the look of ocean water or soft yellow rugs could look like the sandy shore.
Borders can intensify the look of the theme. Most home improvement and discount stores offer a variety of borders ranging from simple floral designs to borders with 1950’s rock and roll themes or favorite movie character themes. Another item also available is wall decals. These can be used to add to the décor by adding images or collages that suit the theme.
Framed paintings, family pictures, or posters can also enhance the theme of a particular room.
Budget conscious consumers can find that many accent items can be found in “dollar shops” (where everything is sold for a dollar or less), discount stores, resale shops, flea markets, rummage sales, and on close out racks. Last year’s popular theme may suit an individual fancy but if the current “in” items change, buyers can often pick up everything they need for a theme at marked down savings.
Don’t forget the floor. Flooring today comes in many different forms. Carpeting, room rugs, accent rugs, and tile are just a few of the many choices.
Although rugs can add color or style to a small space – such as Native American print rugs lending to a Native American theme – flooring can truly augment a style. A retro look is simple to achieve with new hardwood look floorings that offer the beauty of a traditional hard wood floor without the expense or fuss. Room size rugs in many shapes and sizes can change a simple room from mundane to spectacular. Bold colors, floral prints, decorative patterns, or traditional hues can all make a statement about the room. Floor tiles are another versatile way to change the look and mood of any room. Black and white squares summon up images of a 1950’s diner or malt shop while faux stone tiles can recreate the atmosphere of anything from a medieval castle to a Spanish hacienda.
In addition, while it may seem outdated, vinyl floor covering, often called “linoleum” is another option. Many of today’s vinyl floor coverings are not your grandmother’s linoleum. Today’s vinyl is easy to install, simple to clean, require little care, and have the durability that lasts for years.
Window treatments are another way to express a room’s style. Whether consumers opt for traditional drapes in solid colors, window toppers with bright prints, or simply mini-blinds in a matching shade that coordinates with the room, it is simpler than ever to use window dressings to match any look.
Combine the elements – color scheme, theme, and the decorating accessories – to make home decorating simple and easy, without breaking the budget!