Interior Design Tip: 5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space

Are you on the verge of cancelling your cable service just so you don't have access to HGTV? You know, because every time you watch it you want to sell all your furniture, tear down walls, and build a guest house? Here's the great news, you're not alone! In even better news, I'm sharing 5 ways to update a space without breaking the bank that will leave you feeling like you just did a major overhaul...

1. PAINT

A fresh coat of paint is the quickest and least expensive way to completely transform a space or piece of furniture.

{Click here for a tutorial on how to paint your table like the one you see below}  

5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space
5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space
5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space

2. Light Fixtures

Swap out builder grade light fixtures or simply update your current fixtures.

5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space

3. CHANGE THE LAYOUT

Simply rearranging furniture can open up a space and make it feel brand new! 

5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space

4. LAYERS

Through the addition of throws, throw pillows, poufs, area rugs and soft textures you create visual appeal along with comfort.

SAVINGS TIP:
Purchase down inserts for your throw pillows making it easy to swap the covers seasonally, or as your tastes change. Visit the pillow aisle at Ross and find down throw pillows with removable covers. Down inserts are typically $25 on their own, but you can find them at Ross with a cover on them for $10 and you just switch the cover when you get home.  

5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space
5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space

5. WINDOW TREATMENTS

Add curtain panels for warmth and texture or swap blinds for roman shades or black out drapes depending on the purpose of the room.

5 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Space

By implementing one or all of these methods, you'll end up saving yourself a lot of time and money and possibly push off the urge to start gutting your house.  At least until the next time you turn on HGTV. ;)

Is there a specific topic or tip you'd like me to talk about in a future post?  Contact me or leave a comment below!

XO,
Christina 

Comments

Hi Christina!
I'm doing my first decorating job and was wondering if you could talk about sofas. My client is wanting a light sectional that is pet and family friendly. Do you have any suggestions on a sofa brand?

Hi Jacqueline,

Congrats on your first decorating job!  That one is always exciting (and a bit nerve wracking). Wink  A synthetic fabric like microfiber or faux suede/leather seem to be popular choices for pet owners.  The tight weave is good for pets because their claws won't tug on it and the hair is less likely to embed itself in the fabric. It is also easier to clean up any messes. I wouldn't go too much lighter than the color on this sofa. For added protection, scotch guard is always a good idea. I hope that helps. Best of luck to you!

Christina

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