New Year, Same Place, New Look!

You’re tired of your home surroundings, you don’t have the time or money to remodel and moving is just out of the question these days.  Don’t fret because there are plenty of ways to bring the life back into your home without breaking your piggy bank or your back!  


 

One of the easiest ways to change up your place is with paint.  Paint the walls and maybe even a piece of furniture.  If you’re feeling bold pick out a color that you like, but make sure you test it first on the wall because those paper paint swatches are often different than the actual paint on the wall.  Remember there are plenty of non-VOC paints to choose from.  Learn more about green paint at http://www.benjaminmoore.com/ 
 

If you’re in more of a non-committal design mode then just paint the walls a crisp white and add the colors with accessories.  You can find inexpensive décor at places like Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond, but don’t forget to check your local http://www.goodwill.org/ or other thrift stores to find one of kind treasures that will give your design that extra edge.  Plus you’ll be saving something from the landfill by repurposing it.  Some of my neighbors never quite make it to the donation center and just put things out in the alley. I do not condone this behavior, but I have been really lucky to find some of my favorite décor pieces toward the last weekend of the month when people are moving and just want to get rid of things.  Check out this mid – century library shelf, ceramic lamp and custom glass dish I found!  Score!!!!! 

 

  
 
 

Another easy-to-change design idea is wall stickers, which have come a long way since the days of ducks and milk bottles in your grandma’s country kitchen.  Now they have modern cutting-edge designs that are easy to apply and easy to remove when you get tired of them.  You can find them at your local craft store or go on line to Blik wall decals. http://www.whatisblik.com  In this room I painted the walls white, added new curtains and pillow sham covers, painted the picture frames silver to match the decals and used scrap wallpaper instead of pictures in the frames.  The new look for the room is simple and fresh, just by editing a few items.

 

I like to change out accessories more than I like to paint so I prefer white walls and then add color with curtains, pillows, pictures, etc.  This way I can change designs as often as I want or just for the seasons.  If your décor is not completely outdated you may just want to box it up for a while and bring it back in a few months to keep your home looking fresh. 
 

If you have the time to do one room at a time then the task is not so daunting.  Besides not everyone has the money right now and there are many simple room makeover projects that you can easily accomplish yourself in a relatively short period of time. Of course, if you can enlist the help of friends or, if budget allows, hire a pro, and you can complete your project even faster. 
 
Learn more about Beth at http://www.ecostyledesigner.com/  

 

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