6 Ways to Update Your Home Interior on the Cheap

6 Ways to Update Your Home Interior on the Cheap

Tired of drab, outdated decor? Lacking the funds to redecorate with expensive furnishings? Update your spaces with inexpensive, stylish changes that don’t cost a fortune.

1. Paint

Paint is one of the quickest, easiest ways to update the look and feel of any room. It is also relatively inexpensive, requiring only a few supplies.

You don’t have to go to the extreme of hand painting a wallpaper pattern. Simply painting an accent wall in a space can up the design factor. Paint an entire room to really change things up. Just be sure to select the right color for your space or you’ll do more harm than good. You can also find stencils with cool patterns requiring far less from you artistically.

2. Rugs

Rugs add instant warmth to a room, and they also provide style. Functional and pretty, a new rug quickly transforms a room from bland to chic.

When shopping for rugs, make sure you’re properly sizing the rug you’ll need. For instance, in a living room, the rug should cover all the open floor space in front of your seating area and ever so slightly tuck under the front of your furniture. A good rule of thumb is that the front legs of all your seating should be on the rug. In a dining room, your guests should be able to scoot their chairs away from the table to get up without their chair legs falling off the rug. Choose the right size for your space and avoid your rug looking like its been shrunk in the wash.

3. Lighting

Switch out old lamps for new ones or replace a boring ceiling fan with a new chandelier for a fresh look in any room. Sometimes it is as simple as replacing an outdated lamp shade. You can usually find lamps on sale and keep an eye out for seasonal sales as stores clear the shelves for new merchandise. You can also pick up some great deals at outlets like Goodwill. Clean up your find, add some paint, throw on a new shade (or dress up an old one) and you have a new lamp!

4. Window Treatments

Adding a fresh window treatment gives new life to a dreary or dated space. For traditional options, try new curtains or drafts. Less expensive and also stylish, simple roman shades or blinds are also options. You can dress up less expensive options by adding details with glue. Try a grosgrain ribbon detail along the bottom or sides of a roman shade. Try using hem tape to add a wide stripe of color or to add patterned details to those panels. If you can hand stitch, try adding a decorative bead or fringe accent to the inside edge of your panels. You can usually score decorative trim accents in the clearance section of your local fabric store when stock gets low or an odd length is left over.

5. Table Linens

Dress up a dining room with stylish, contemporary tablecloths, placemats, runners and napkins. Cloth napkins are great for even everyday dining. They’re washable and reusable and relatively inexpensive. Table linens are available in a variety of patterns, colors and styles and can even be custom monogrammed for that extra special touch.

You don’t need to purchase a tablecloth, placemats, runner and napkins either. A single runner on a table can be all the design impact you need. For a contemporary look, keep it simple with a single runner or placemats only. For a luxurious and traditional look, you’ll want some of each kind of linen in order to create a layered look. The best part is, they’re easily changed, so you can really have fun and play around with different combinations of color and pattern.

6. Accessories

Candles, picture frames, vases and other small accessories easily add style to any room. They’re easily interchangeable, so when you get bored, you can relocate them to another room and fall in love with them all over again.

A word of caution: don’t just buy accessories to fill up your spaces. Purchase items that you absolutely love or will serve a distinct purpose. If you simply buy bulk accessories and set them around your spaces, it will be obvious – to you and everyone else. We have all seen how badly that can end. Hoarders, anyone? Be patient when looking for accessories. You don’t have to purchase everything in one trip. The best result will be when you slowly build up your collection over time.

Try some of these solutions to update and add style to any space without spending a fortune on redecorating.

About this Experts Contributor: J.D. Nesbitt is co-founder and Lead Interior Designer of Aesthete Designs, providing residential and light commercial interior design services in Brownsburg, Indiana. Since 2010, Aesthete Designs has specialized in helping homeowners live their best life at home by providing practical interior design solutions for the interior and exterior of their homes. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @interiordesignr.

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