>> May 7, 2013
Giving your home a fresh, modern look need not mean taking out a new mortgage. With a little imagination and touch of flair, the following tips will make it easy to transform your living space, no matter how small your budget is.Make the Most of What You Have
If your furniture is looking tired and old-fashioned, consider updating rather than replacing it. Re-upholstering a sofa in contemporary fabrics can make an entire room a more modern style. Wooden items can be sanded down to bare wood or repainted, as can mirror frames and headboards.
Add Unusual Accessories
From sea shells and oddly shaped pieces of driftwood to vintage typewriters or a stack of old hardback books, it is easy to find cheap accessories that will serve as talking points and add character to any room. You can also use fruit or flowers in a similar way, adding a touch of colour to an otherwise dull corner.
A new coat of paint is one of the cheapest and most versatile ways to transform the look of a room. Light, soft colours can create a feeling of space. Alternatively, using strong, bold colours can make a contrasting feature of one particular wall in a room.
If you can't afford to replace your kitchen cabinets, simply changing the door handles can often make a world of difference. From slick, modern designs to antique-style brass fittings, the choices and possibilities are almost endless and the effect of such a change can be surprisingly dramatic.
Light Up Your Life
Taking care to position your lamps so that the light cast best suits the room they are in as this can bring new life to an otherwise dull corner. If your lamps are long in the tooth, new shades can revitalise them. You can even coordinate the colours with the rest of your decor.
Hold a Decorating Party
Decorating a home can seem like a daunting task so why not get your friends to help you out. Holding a decorating party is a great way to make a lot of progress in a short time and you can also benefit from a range of different ideas and perspectives.
Mix, Don't Match
Insisting that your sofa matches your armchairs, or that your coffee table matches your dining table can lead to you spending more money than you would ideally like. Give yourself permission to mix and match items and you will not only save but will also end up with a far more characterful and interesting living space.
Wait for the Sales
Patience is a virtue but when it comes to updating the look of your home, it can also save you money. Not only are big ticket items such as tables and chairs available for less during sale time but paints and wallpapers can also be had for a discount.
Smith writes regularly on the topic of home and office furnishings for a range of blogs and websites. Having studied ergonomics, Smith is all too aware of the fact that if you make the wrong choice of items for the home or furniture at work problems with posture and back pain can be the result.