If you’ve been spending a lot of time in your house and are feeling like giving it a facelift, this is your moment to start decorating a house! You can make simple choices that will allow you to refresh, tidy, clean and redecorate your space. Even better, many of these changes are budget-friendly!
What is the first thing to start decorating a house?
The simplest way to redecorate any space is to paint the walls. Of course, to paint effectively you have to prep, so get some help and start moving. Move furniture away from the walls and take down paintings, pictures and shelving. Wash the walls with a damp sponge dipped in a mild soapy water, then rinse with a clean sponge and plain water. Patch the holes with spackle and lightly sand, prime the patches with a fine roller, mask the baseboards and floor, and paint your walls. Even if you don’t make a huge color change, fresh paint means a fresh space. After painting, put pictures back on the wall in a new pattern. You’ll get all the benefits of moving house without the hassle of boxing things up.
How can I decorate like a pro?
Find ways to reduce clutter. If you don’t like a completely minimal look, make sure that flat surfaces only have one or two decorative items. A pretty bowl loaded with fresh fruit is a nice accent piece; three bowls and a vase of flowers is cluttered. Be ready to repurpose things already in your home. For example, if you have a small chest of drawers in a bedroom that’s just out of season clothes but you need a sideboard for dining room linens, move the chest of drawers. Drape it with a table cloth or cover it with a piece of mirror or glass. You’ll free up kitchen drawer space and have a new-to-you piece of furniture. Additionally, you can review the out of season clothing to see what you want to keep, what you can sell, and what could be donated.
How can I motivate myself to decorate?
Start by decluttering. Often, we get tired of a space and want something different, but what we really need a clear space of mind to enjoy what we already have. Use a laundry basket in each room and sort through what’s out of place. Go through your living room. Shoes on the floor become shoes in the bedroom or by the front door, magazines in a messy pile either go in the rack or the recycling. Messy cables hanging out of the entertainment center go in a cable sleeves so you can close the doors, and all the remotes go in a basket or box on the coffee table.
How can I make my bedroom look nice?
Keep your bedroom focused on what you need it to do, which is to provide you with a nice space to sleep. Avoid overloading the bed with decorative pillows if they’re in the way when you try to sleep. Instead, consider getting big pillows that you can put in a color-coordinated sham to center on the bed, then invest in a plush throw to drape over the foot of the bed. If you also work in your bedroom, consider investing in a screen that you can open up to give you some privacy from your spouse or partner while allowing them to rest. Keep your computer space tidy with cable sleeves, baskets for papers and cups or tins for pens and pencils.
If you have to purchase something to help you redecorate your home, buy paint. Avoid adding new things to a cluttered space. Instead, set up four containers as you move through your home. Use a black bag for trash, a white bag for things to donate, a box for things you want to sell and a storage bin or plastic clothes basket for items that are out of place. Make these decisions quickly; if you’re tired of stumbling over something you don’t use, quit fighting with it and get it out of your home. Finally, don’t forget to make cleaning your first step before you start decorating a house. Sometimes a good scrub can make all the difference.