Renovation ideas – 7 fastest and cheapest ways to transform a room
When you renovate and renovate your home it is easy to go over budget. Cutting corners to save money is never a good idea because you can end up with a poorly built renovation that will eventually cost you significantly more to fix. Instead of undergoing a major renovation, you can try to look for small and cost-effective ways to change your space. It can actually be relatively inexpensive to create something that feels like home and works well for your family. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Painting your walls is one of the cheapest ways to completely change a space. Even another white shadow can give a room a whole new feel. Think about your personal style and color palette you want to use in space and choose a softer, neutral tone that is easy to match. You also want to make sure it is something you like long-term and not compete with other decor items that you will eventually add to the space. Painting walls requires some manual work so it's not something you want to do often. Think about the mood you want your room to convey. Bright, airy colors encourage tranquility and relaxation, while bright and bold colors should be used for active and engaging spaces.
When you look at interior magazines you will notice that there is usually a repetition of colors in a space. In order to keep your design coherent, it is important to choose a color palette. Try to limit yourself to one or two main colors and some accent colors. Use these colors as a base for any purchases you make for the room. If you are struggling to get a palette, look at your wardrobe; it gives you amazing insight into the colors you like and are drawn to. You can also get inspiration from a print, carpet or even a flower.
Create a contact point
Like a painting, you should have a focal point in your room. A place where the eye is drawn that you can center your space around. Things like a fireplace, TV, accent wall, and even a water feature or a fireplace outside, are great points of contact. Basing seating around a contact point helps to mark the space. When you have a center, you will find it easier to know how to arrange things and everyone who comes into your house will have a clear idea of what the space is used for. Clarity and uniformity are crucial when designing a space.
It is easy to get used to the lighting in our rooms and overlook it completely when remodeling, but changing a single fixture can be a cost-effective way to make a big difference. A more stylized fixture can help to solidify the style and feel of your room. Look for fixtures that are both interesting and practical. Hanging chandelier-style lighting over your dining table gives the room a formal feel, but be careful of its size. Make sure it fits proportionally in both the room and your furniture. You should also think about what types of light bulbs you have in the fixtures. Different light bulbs emit different light tones that may not be ideal for some rooms. Blue shades tend to be tougher on the eyes and should not be used in bedrooms. Also consider switching to LEDs in your home, they can help lower energy costs and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Texture is another great way to put a visual interest in a space. A room full of similarly structured objects must not feel "come in and sit down". To add texture, use objects with different patterns, textiles and surfaces. Incorporate both organic and inorganic objects: think wood together with acrylic. Don't be afraid of patterns, this is one of the biggest ways to add space. Blending patterns can be a more advanced step to take because you will still stay within the same color palette, but things should still feel connected.
Be careful, however, to overdo the structures. Just like your colors, you should limit yourself to a few and repeat them around the room. You will find that this step can be really fun, it gives a little more freedom to go into a store and find things that appeal to you. Be careful about ways to save money when looking at furniture and accessories. Many stores offer price matches, and if you have a smartphone, you should look up the product to buy and see if another retailer offers it cheaper. More stores than you would think are willing match a competitor's price.
When looking for different structures for your room is a good place to start with plants. Plants can add a lot of color and texture to your room with just a little effort. Not only that, but it helps keep your space healthier by taking in carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. There are so many types of houseplants, some even the least garden-based individual can stay alive. Succulents are a good introduction plant because they are quite elastic and do not require much water. Be careful about ferns and other plants that can be toxic to pets.
Creativity can go a long way in customizing and transforming your room. A cool way is to find unique features in your home and create interesting spaces. Things like an inconvenient teal under the stairs can become cool features and find a purpose in your home. Look for unusual architectural details, brainstorm what type of space you lack in your home and see if you can find a way to create it with that area. A window seat is a great place to open up and read a book, an unused corner of your kitchen can be a coffee shop and the closet in your spare room can make a cozy craft area. These types of conversions are cheap and make a big difference when it comes to customizing a room.
These are just a few places to start when looking for low budget ways to change your room. A small change can really go a long way. Remember that your inner spaces can be constantly changed and that you do not have to do everything at once. Let decorating be a long-term process where you are constantly looking for cool items to add until you feel you have reached a look you like. There is no need to go out and buy everything at once to do a complete review. Many times you find great items that only come around seasonally, so you never feel that you have to rush or buy something you are not 100% in love with just to "finish".
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