If the mere thought of waking up and having to stare at a floral-printed wallpaper fills you with dread, or the magenta color palette that the walls sport have started giving you headaches, then it is time to give your home a makeover. But don’t feel obliged to brush up on Louis XIV, Queen Anne, Georgian, or Jacobean- that is, the period furniture styles. Instead, give your imagination a free rein and you will come up with quirky home decor makeover ideas.
Not many people realize that getting rid of the clutter is one of the most effective ways to spruce up your home. Clutter is the most obvious fallout in a bustling household. You are busy with your kids, they are busy with their homework and football games, and before you know, the wardrobes and the drawers are spilling over and there are piles of clothes, books, and folders clogging up the space under the stairs. Take some time off and rummage among these piles. These are various odds and ends that you have lovingly allowed to accumulate with the hope that they will be of use some day. Pick up each object and reconsider; you can do away with most. Go through this exercise meticulously; you may also have to be harsh on yourself at times. But the results will be worth all your efforts-wardrobes with more storage spaces and drawers where things are easy to locate.
Look around your house first before you head out for the scrap yard. There are sure to be objects and pieces lying around that you can re-use, after of course, tweaking their looks. For instance, a snip here or a stitch there, and you can change your grandmother’s heavy brocade bedspread into an elegant throw for the sofa or a set of curtains to adorn the study. Or retrieve that antique dresser from the attic, dust, and paint it in your favorite color, if it is looking too worn out. Chop off some portions of the legs to turn it into a classy coffee table and of course, a conversation piece.
Contrary to popular myth, home decorating tips needn’t pinch your wallet. Some very pocket-friendly solutions can be painting only one wall of a room with a contrasting color, throwing around some colorful rugs and cushions in the seating area, getting more potted plants, or adding a few lampshades or wall hangings. Changing the curtains will also help give the home a fresh look. Even small additions and alterations like putting up a mirror in the hallway or lining up heavy furniture against the wall will bring in an illusion of space. Your rooms will certainly look different too.
Browse through the many interior decoration periodicals, peep into the homes that are featured in these, and pick up ideas that you think will suit your home. You of course, have your aesthetic sense and imagination to fall back on or add that final flourish to the home decor tips from your friends and relatives.