How’s your dec­o­rat­ing bud­get?

Bray People - - HOUSE & HOME -

NOT THAT good? Not to worry, there are plenty of ways to up­date any room in your house with­out break­ing the bud­get.

The first thing to do is try just re­ar­rang­ing the fur­ni­ture. It’s a sim­ple change that might amaze you with its ef­fec­tive­ness. Try tak­ing some of the fur­ni­ture away from the walls per­haps. You don’t have to limit your­self to the ba­sic lines of the walls. Set­ting the room up at an an­gle to the walls can some­times make the room look big­ger.

Paint is very affordable, and an­ther way to freshen up a room. Are your walls still a ba­sic off-white? Try a lit­tle color. Many of the medium to lighter shades of brown will go with just about any decor. Al­ter­na­tively, if you want a brighter color, try paint­ing just one wall for a fo­cus point. Place some nice art on that wall or per­haps fam­ily pho­tos, and maybe some of your fur­ni­ture, and you have some­thing that re­ally stands out.

How’s the car­pet? Get­ting old but you can’t af­ford a re­place­ment? Maybe you’re just bored with it but it’s still in good con­di­tion? Bring in an area rug. You can find one that com­ple­ments what is al­ready in the room. These are most of­ten placed to em­pha­size the con­ver­sa­tion area.

How do your sofa and chairs look? If they’re a lit­tle plain, a throw pil­low can help. Pil­lows are also a nice way to bring in a new, com­ple­men­tary color to the room. What about the light­ing? Is the room too dark? How do the lamps them­selves look? Bring a lit­tle life to the room with real or silk plants. A lit­tle na­ture in the room al­most never hurts.

Re­ar­range the pic­tures on the wall and maybe up­date with new ones. Whether you like to show off fam­ily pho­tos or love art, mov­ing things around on the walls can make a real dif­fer­ence. While you’re at it, con­sider adding a good mir­ror if the room doesn’t have one al­ready. Mir­rors can help make the room look big­ger and brighter.

Fi­nally, al­though per­haps this should be first, de­clut­ter the room. Clut­ter can make even the best dec­o­rated room look bad. Find more ap­pro­pri­ate places for all the stuff and de­cide what you want to keep, then get rid of the rest.

How’s the car­pet? Get­ting old but you can’t af­ford a re­place­ment? Bring in an area rug. You can find one that com­ple­ments what is al­ready in the room.

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