Redecorate on a dime
Changing your environment can greatly improve your outlook. The key to great decor isn’t how much money you have to spend. It’s seeing possibilities in what you have.
1. Use what you’ve got. I have a friend who calls herself a professional arranger. People hire her to come to their homes and redecorate with the things they have.
She goes through every room, cupboard and closet, taking inventory of everything available for her final designs. Then, she completely clears the room and starts from scratch to furnish and decorate with only the things that she found in the home. The results are amazing.
2. Paint is cheap. Changing the color of one wall can change the entire mood and look of that room. One quart of paint is all you need. Cool colors and lighter tints make walls look farther apart; rich, dark colors bring walls dramatically closer, creating an intimate look in a large room. 3. Strategic placement. The furniture you use most should be farthest from the entrance. If possible, avoid positioning couches, chairs, dining tables or desks against walls. Give yourself at least 3 feet between the furniture and walls.
4. Pictures and art. Most people hang pictures and art too high. The focal point for a single picture or the center of a group of pictures should be eye level for a person who is 5 feet 7 inches tall.
5. Groups of pictures. Gather the pictures you want to hang in a particular grouping. Then, get a large piece of paper the size of the area where you will hang these pictures, and lay it on the floor.
Arrange the frames on the paper the way you want them hung on the wall. Use a marker to draw around each item. Remove the pictures, and tape the paper to the wall. Now you can easily see where to put each nail.