Decorating when you’re starting with a blank canvas is easy. It’s redecorating that’s the challenge. Creating something unique with the furniture and accessories you already have while buying just a few new things can be difficult but it’s also incredibly rewarding when you can do it on a budget, without too much stress and so well that your home feels like an extension of yourself. Here are five redecorating tips chosen to help you revamp your spaces like a pro:
Keep Big Stuff Neutral
If you’re investing in fresh furniture consider sticking with neutral colors and classic styles so you can rotate color schemes and décor easily. This goes double if you’re on a budget. Classic black, white, cream and tan are the safest choices for the most expensive pieces in your home.
Mix It Up
Myth 1: The best way to tie a room together is with matched furniture. Myth 2: Most people have perfectly coordinated bedroom, living room and dining room sets. The key to imbuing a room with your personal style is to pick pieces and accessories that speak to you – one at a time. Mixing furniture and accessory styles will make your spaces feel welcoming and real.
Unify With Color
The key to combining different furniture and accessories harmoniously is making color the unifying factor. This isn’t always an issue with wood pieces but couches, rugs, and curtains are a different story. When you have a colorful piece that you absolutely cannot part with decorate around their dominant colors. For instance, if your couch or favorite armchair has a stand-out hue try to have a few accessories and artwork that feature the same color plus pieces in complimentary colors.
Alternate Saving and Splurging
Investment pieces make wonderful additions to your home. On the other hand, people’s tastes change every few years and if all you buy are investment pieces, you might just go broke. Decorate around big splurges with cool bargains from IKEA or Target or hit JC Penney’s Black Friday sales so you don’t have to refi your home to afford to change things up.
Invite Inspiration In
Everyone’s ‘must-haves’ will be different. Find out what yours are by signing up for Pinterest and creating inspiration boards with your favorite pieces. If you’re still unsure what to put on your shopping list after that, here are five suggestions that will look amazing in almost any home:
- Ikea’s FRIHETEN corner sofa in dark gray has classic lines, beautiful fabric and on top of it all turns into sleeping space for guests.
- Arteriors Costello side table combines traditional shapes with modern materials in a gorgeous merger of industrial and orthodox.
- Klaus Haapaniemi’s rabbit cushion brings fun and color into the living room with grownup designs based on fairytales.
- ET2’s Inca flush mount lamp makes a statement with its bright shimmer and playful detailing. Forget the usual half dome shade.
- Elina Helenius’s Lusto jacquard chenille rug brings the outside in with an archetypal wood grain pattern inspired by the beauty of Finland.
One important thing to remember while redecorating the home is to take a lot of before and after photos to track your progress. It is always fun to see how things improve, and when you throw the next house-warming party, the photos make great conversation pieces.