Of course, as with many recommendations, there is a good way to accomplish it and a less satisfactory way to do it. So, here’s a step-by-step procedure.
1. Decide which room you wish to spruce up.
2. Decide what kind of change you’d like to make. Do you like it to be a little brighter, a little lighter, a little more elegant, or a little more casual? Do you want it to have a modern feel to it, or do you want it to be a little more exotic?
3. Take a careful look around the space and determine what doesn’t work with the new design/theme you’ve chosen. What seems shabby, out of place, or out of proportion?
4. Evaluate the space: Stand in each doorway and corner of the room and take a good hard look around. Is it possible that the furniture would appear better if it were angled? What is the flow of traffic? You don’t want furnishings to obstruct your ability to move around the room. Most of us cannot afford a space that simply sits and looks nice. A well-designed space is beneficial to you.
5. Make a list and measure the items you want to keep.
6. Go on a shopping spree around your house to see what you can salvage from other rooms. One key bit of advice: double-check the proportions and colors of the items you’ve “purchased” from other rooms. If you want to expand a little, there are frequently friends or relatives who have items in their houses that they would like to get rid of, so if you don’t have exactly what you want, look through the family cast-offs. Note: You may find that you need to repaint your walls, slipcover a chair or sofa, or purchase new lampshades, but expenses should be kept to a minimal, or your goal will be defeated.
7. Once you’ve decided on a look and know what parts you have, it is all down on paper. You’ll lose your ‘willing’ workers if they have to move a sofa six or seven times to achieve the desired design because you didn’t do your homework. Electrical and cable outlets, heat and air vents, and doors and windows should all be given specific care. You want to be able to get in and out of the room quickly and walk around comfortably in it unless you’re trying to keep the kids out the hard way.
8. Make sure your space is clear. Remove any unneeded pieces and accessories, and store the ones you want to keep in a different room.
9. Now is the time to paint the walls and, if necessary, clean the windows and woodwork. Make sure your background is shining and clean by shampooing carpets, cleaning floors, and making sure your background is bright and clean.
10. While everything is drying, go out and buy any minor objects you’ll need to finish the look. DO NOT go to the store without a shopping list. You’ve devised a strategy and determined which accessories are required to complete your ensemble. Going without a list is the quickest way to go over budget and end up with clutter.
11. Lay rugs on the floor once the paint and floors are dry (before you move in the furniture). While the room is vacant, it is also easier to do window treatments. They can be altered at any moment.
12. Assemble your team. Place the larger pieces of furniture in the room. Bring in the smaller pieces first, such as tables and ottomans, and then the accessories.
13. Lamps are quite crucial, so make sure they’re placed where they’ll be most effective. Check to see whether your room is too dark.
14. Adjust your window curtains and hang your photographs.
A word of advice: less is more. A space that isn’t cluttered will appear newer than one that has too much of everything.
15. Take pleasure in your new space. Throw a party and let everyone know how proud you are of what you’ve accomplished. With the money you’ve saved, you’ll be able to afford it.
Have fun with your decorations!