Call it decorating drain. Maybe it’s too much time spent on Pinterest or Houzz. Or, maybe it’s my magazine subscriptions to everything from This Old House, to Coastal Living, to English Home. Whichever is the culprit, suffice it to say that I am a little weary from all of the incredibly pricey “must-haves” trotted out by trend-setting interior designers each season. What I need are budget friendly home decorating tips!
Just when my eye was getting used to toile, toile is outré. And, heaven forbid I purchase lattice textiles. Suddenly, the simple geometrics are as old-fashioned as 1970’s shag carpet. Don’t even get me started on here-today-gone-tomorrow gallery walls, mid century modern furniture, or Edison bulb fixtures!
Still, I want my home to look it’s best. So, how am I supposed to freshen my home’s look without spending the kids’ entire college fund? In a word: camouflage.
No, I don’t mean the Duck Dynasty kind! Instead, I am just covering up what I don’t like, without ditching the entire kit and caboodle. Furniture, artwork, and lighting are all far too expensive to replace whenever a new style becomes popular.
After all, we aren’t talking about a new pair of capris or a cute handbag. Furniture is pricey! But, a refresh is simple, inexpensive, and makes the whole house feel (almost) like new.
Here are my Top 4 budget friendly home decorating tips for the New Year:
Cover it! My couch and loveseat are done an overall paisley pattern in beiges, brown, and burgundy. The fabric is virtually indestructible, which means I have held onto them longer than I wanted to. A great solution is a white Cotton Duck Sofa Slipcover from Wayfair ($90.99) and a few Lovinghome pillow covers from Amazon Prime (only $6.99 each).
Paint: It’s not just for walls, anymore. When in doubt, a coat of paint can work wonders. Freshen up heavy, dark wood furniture with a coat of white chalk paint for the chippy, worn-in look that is dominating home magazines. Paint or whitewash also can completely change the look of baskets, candlesticks, and even decorative dishes!
With curtains and drapes, less is more. Swags, jabots, and multiple layers of drapery instantly date your home (circa 1987). Pare it down to just the essentials for a fresh, clean look. If you have no near neighbors, leave gorgeous windows completely bare to take advantage of great views and natural light.
Brass is back! According to DecorAid, “This year is setting up to be a year where we wave goodbye to stainless steel and polished nickel, and welcome brass accents back into our homes. Brass is a surprisingly warm and subtle alternative to the expected steel accents.”
What to ditch? Faux flower arrangements, silk ivy, and Tuscan-inspired clusters of grapes all need to go immediately.
And, some of the most overdone trends (think Edison bulbs, Mason jars, and faux, aged country accents) will be heading out soon.
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