Get ready for 10 simple tips for designing the room of your dreams!
Many times when people come to my house, they comment on how I have it decorated or on particular pieces that are hanging on the walls or that I have made. Sometimes these comments are followed up with ones about how they couldn’t decorate their houses this way or asking for my help or advice. I don’t have any formal decorating training, although I wish I had discovered my love for decorating before I went to college for something completely different!
Because my design style is inexpensive, livable and casual, I believe that anyone can achieve it!
We moved several times early in our marriage, so I have had plenty of walls to paint and rooms to decorate. My design style has definitely evolved over the years, from dark, cozy colors to now more light and airy. One thing I love about decorating and design is that I view it as fluid and ever-changing.
When you think of decorating as something that you are going to do now, all at once, and not change for ten years, it can seem daunting and intimidating. I’m always changing something a little at a time. I rarely do a room and leave it completely the same for long periods of time. When you see fun pillows for the couch at the store and change them out with your old ones, it keeps things fresh and fun. You stay inspired because you’re seeing things you love on a daily basis.
And because I believe that you (yes YOU!) can make a comfortable space inexpensively in your home, here are 10 simple tips for designing the room of your dreams!
1. Think about how you want to FEEL in a room
When you are in the room that you are decorating, how do you want to feel? Relaxed and calm, cozy and warm or energized? If you are going for relaxed and calm, you might choose lighter, less saturated colors such as tans, off whites or light blues.
If you are thinking cozy near a crackling fire, you might try darker, more saturated colors like burgundy or a putty color.
If you want to feel creatively inspired and energized, you can opt for pops of vibrant color against a neutral backdrop, maybe a white room with pops of red or orange.
You can put the color on the walls or bring it in through furniture, art, pillows or blankets. Remember to vary the textures in the room!
2. Discover Your Style
How do you do this? Take a look at your Pinterest boards, your wardrobe or customizable jewelry such as a Pandora bracelet or Origami Owl necklace that you have. Often you will see a theme. Those are the first clues to your style!
I have been decorating for a while now and pinning inspiration on Pinterest for a while, so it is easy to see a pattern of the types of things that I like. Even my Pandora bracelet is similarly inspired. My three biggest inspirations for decorating and design are God, Family and Nature.
You can click to follow me on Pinterest and see where I get some of my inspiration!
3. Find an Inspiration Piece
Go to Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Kirklands or somewhere similar (these are just a few of my favorite places.) Find a piece that you feel emotionally connected to. Something that you love. It might be a quote that has special meaning or a painting with your favorite flower or type of bird.
Find something that you love and then decorate around that.
4. Splurge Occasionally, but not too Much
My decorating and projects are done on a budget. I pretty much don’t buy anything at the craft store that is not on sale or without a coupon.
But, from time to time, I’ll see a picture or wreath…something that I LOVE that is somewhat more than I’d like to pay. Occasionally, I will go for it. In these instances, I have been happy that I did because I am brought joy whenever I use or see that item.
However– don’t way overspend or you may regret it. If the item is way out of your price range, keep looking using the original piece as inspiration.
When we found this kitchen light, we weren’t exactly looking for a kitchen light that day and it was a little more than we really wanted to pay. It was unique and we had been talking about replacing that light, so in this case, we bought it and we love it. We enjoy it everyday!
5. Forget the “Rules”
Don’t get so caught up in rules of decorating. This can be paralyzing and cause you to never move forward with your project. And honestly, the only “rule” that I ever really follow is hanging wall art at eye level. Well a little higher than eye level in my case because I’m short.
The same way you can now wear silver and gold and black and brown together and white pants before Memorial Day or after Labor Day, you have a lot of creative license of what “looks right” when decorating.
You might try a kitchen table with non-matching chairs, an oversized clock or mixing rustic and modern pieces together. How does it make you feel? If it feels good, go with it! It is all about making your space comfortable and enjoyable for you and your family!
6. Repurpose Old Stuff
When I take something down in a room, unless I am totally over it or it is broken, I’ll often keep it and bring it out later to use in another room. Sometimes I will repaint a mirror or table. And as you can see here, I repurposed this blue medallion thing (I know, very technical decorating term…) by attaching it to a pallet that was aging under our deck (actually I had the idea and my husband did the work on that one 😉 )
7. Don’t Be Afraid to Paint!
Paint is not a life sentence! It is an inexpensive way to completely or subtly change the look and feel of a room! If you don’t like it, you can always repaint.
You can paint the walls in a room, furniture, picture frames or other items. Paint can completely change the look of a room or piece and can save some major cash!
8. Wait a Day or Two
If you paint something, rearrange furniture, or buy a new item and you’re not immediately in love with the way it looks, wait a couple of days!
There have been many times when I haven’t initially liked the way something looked, mainly because I had something different pictured in my mind. But, after waiting a couple of days and getting used to it, I have ended up really liking it when I would have initially scrapped it if I hadn’t waited.
9. Recoup Cash for Your Next Project by Selling on Craigslist
If you are replacing furniture or bigger decor items with something new, you can sell your old stuff on Craigslist. I have done this multiple times. It is a great way to get a little cash to put into your new decorating project.
10. Ask a Friend
If you admire a friend’s style, ask her to shop with you. Show her pictures of the look that you’re going for and take her along! Sometimes a friend will help you pick great pieces that are a little out of your comfort zone, but that you’ll end up loving in your home.
And remember, most things are returnable! You may love it or hate it once it is in your house. Sometimes you just have to bring it home to try it out in your space. Keep your receipt and if you don’t love it (after a day or two), return it and try something else.
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