Many times at the change of the seasons, during a
stressful time in our lives, or just when we need a
change we crave a redesign of our most precious
haven...our bedroom. I donít know about you, but I canít
afford to redecorate every time I want a little bit of
a different view! So here are some great low cost, easy
ideas to transform your haven. (And still be able to
transform it back...just in case you get bored again!)
Develop a box of items in your color scheme you can
interchange in your room. Keeping these items stored
prevents overspending later on expensive impulse items,
and allows you to gather things slowly throughout the
seasonal sales to save money. Throw pillows, curtains,
tablecovers, and accessories can all be interchanged
easily and cheaply for a whole new look!
You might consider having a Spring/Summer dťcor box,
and a Fall/Winter box. (Or a light hue and rich hue
box, a rustic and an elegant box, a contemporary and a
traditional box...you donít necessarily have to wait for
the change of seasons.) Sound expensive? Nonsense. You
can buy at clearance and save for next season, and you
donít have to buy everything all at once. Many things
can be stitched up to save money, or use iron on hem
tape for simple curtains and throws. Donít forget to
check garage sales in the Spring (many decorators have
spent the big bucks to redecorate, and you can take
advantage of their getting rid of last season's stuff!)
It is helpful to create a list of items you would like
to have, and even a swatch of paint or fabric from your
room. (Come on, you have everything else in that purse,
whatís one more thing?!)
Try a new direction. Literally. Move the bed, set the
dresser on an angle, lay your throw rug on the
diagonal...simple changes can make a huge difference in
ďfeelĒ in a room.
Change up the spirit of the room. If your room is rich
and cozy in the winter, strip down the accessories and
lighten up the color for the warm seasons. You donít
have to do anything as drastic as repainting, changing
the rooms accessories will do.
Donít think you have to change everything! Sometimes a
few key elements are all it takes for a new look with
little cash. If your budget is really tight,
concentrate on the bed, as it is usually the focus
point in the room. Stitch up a duvet cover from two
sheets, close at the end with Velcro, and you can just
cover up your comforter without having to buy new. Take
down your heavy curtains and just let the miniblinds
filter the light for summer, make a few flowered throw
pillows to take the place of the rich chenille onesÖget
Check out these before and after pictures of a recent
redo of mine...notice with a lighter bedspread, and a few
accessory changes, the room is lightened, brightened,
Give it a try, with a little treasure hunting, perhaps
in your own house, you can transform a room in just a
few hours. And who wouldnít want to wake up in a whole
Kathleen Wilson is an author, national columnist, and
editor of The Budget Decorator. You can find more free
ideas and projects, and info on her online workshop
based on her book at http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com.
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