After purchasing your new home, your remaining budget may be small, but that doesn't mean you have to postpone decorating. These projects are guaranteed to yield big results in a single afternoon without breaking your bank account.
Wall of Style: Create an Accent Wall
Focus your decorating efforts and dollars on transforming one wall into a wow wall. Good candidates for this project include:
- The first wall you see when entering your home.
- The wall behind a headboard, sofa or dining table
- A wall that bumps out or indents to form an alcove
Next, apply one of the following treatments, taking the style to the next level:
- Paint: Choose a brighter or richer color than you'd typically use. Or try a specialty paint with a textured finish or metallic luster.
- Wallpaper: Go for a bold pattern or color. Consider woven grass cloth, textured, flocked or metallic paper.
- Stencils: Try a wall-size design or use metallic paints.
Shelf Expression: Install Wall Shelving
Shelves can add style and function. Display photos and other keepsakes by installing shelves and ledges. Pre-made shelves are available in a range of styles, or you can combine planks and shelf brackets for a one-of-a-kind look. If you're designing shelving yourself, plan for supports every 36 inches if you're using three-quarter-inch plywood and every 28 inches if you're using particleboard.
Style Underfoot: Add Area Rugs
Unroll a rug and add both comfort and style to a room. Rugs warm up wood, tile and vinyl floors, and they also work well on wall-to-wall carpeting. While a solid or textured rug tends to blend with its surroundings, a colorful or patterned rug can become the piece you build an entire room around.
Use these tips when rug shopping:
- Wool and wool-blend rugs often cost more, but provide superior softness and durability.
- A 4 x 6-foot rug will look too small in the center of most rooms, so choose a 5 x 8-foot or 6 x 9-foot rug instead.
- Details matter. Check that all edges are fully finished, fringe is tightly knotted, and the back is smooth and free of imperfections.
- Use a rug pad on wood, tile or vinyl floors to prevent slipping and to extend the life of the rug.
Mirror, Mirror: Open Up Your Space
Think of a mirror as functional art. It makes a room feel bigger, brighter and just a bit glamorous. For your first mirror purchase, choose a rectangle with a classic frame. It will work in several rooms and hang vertically or horizontally as your needs change.