Some people spend a fortune to have their houses decorated by professional interior designers. However, as a result of the economic recession, most of us can not afford to spend thousands of pounds on furniture, which does not mean that we should abandon the idea of improving our homes.
If you intend to give your home a makeover, it is important that you ask yourself two simple, yet essential questions before rushing off to the nearest IKEA store:
– What is it you really need?
– What makes you feel comfortable?
According to interior design experts, the financial crisis has contributed to making people appreciate severe and simplicistic designs that combine the high tech with the basic.
And, seeing as simple has become trendy, transforming your home from dull and outdated to fabulous and comfortable is not going to take a lot of effort.
Here are a few low cost ways to transform your living space.
- In the first place, you should go through all of your possessions and recognise their potential. By doing so, it will be easier for you to decide where to put them, in order to show them off.
- Change your window dressing: opt for modern and light-coloured curtains or blinds. Avoid dark colours as they reduce perceived space. Remember that a luminous space will help you save on your electricity bills and, most importantly, will bring joy into your life.
- Optimise and maximise space by purchasing multi-purpose items. Not only are they useful and space-saving, they are also very fashionable nowadays.
- Replace your current kitchen table with a square glass dining table and match it with either glass chairs or neutral-coloured ones (e.g. beige, white, grey…). If you want to create a modern atmosphere, opt for black chairs.
- If there is a particular item that you would like to purchase, eBay, gumtree, Amazon and Craiglist might sell it for less so make sure that you have a look at these websites before visiting every furniture retailer in town.
- Carpets can really make a huge difference. Stay away from bold patterns and colours, as, unlike you think, they won’t create a warm atmosphere. If you want your home to be modern, yet cosy, place a beige carpet in the sitting room, preferably in front of the sofa and finish off with a few scented candles, which you may also put in your bedroom and bathroom if you like.
- Stick with light colours for your walls, such as white or eggshell, to give your home a sophisticated look.
- Decorate with bold coloured vases, flowers, lamps and a few eclectic pieces which will contrast with the neutral backdrop of the walls.
- Always keep your home clean and tidy.
- Decorate walls with large abstract paintings.