Not all interior design projects require a home equity loan. The following is a list of just a few of the tricks of the trade – guaranteed to improve any room – that will result in a cash register receipt of $99 or less!
Update the paint
Paint a room a warm shade of black for drama.
Requirements: Two to three gallons of quality paint, brushes, rollers and nonstick tape
Float your furniture
Reposition the sofa away from the wall and cluster the chairs for conversation areas. Define the space with an area rug.
Requirements: A willingness to embrace the nontraditional and a strong back
Remove visual clutter
Remove stacks of magazines, remove shelf after shelf of family photos in assorted frames, store half of current “knick knacks” and remove school art from the refrigerator.
Requirements: Enough emotional security to allow such items to be stored out of sight.
Select a large gallery-wrapped art canvas (no staples showing on sides) and finish by stapling a fabulous piece of fabric from the under side.
Cost $45 and up, depending on size of canvas and fabric
Or, using a large gallery-wrapped frame, create art with the same paint used for the walls. Simply pour watered down paint on flat canvas and paint to move freely. After one color is dry, use a second, utilizing the same technique. More colors can be squiggled and swirled by applying paint with a squeeze bottle.
Grocery store accent color
Requirement: Fill a silver dish with clementines for an immediate dash of brilliant orange!
Remove all accessories from a room and consider the “bones.” Shop for a few fresh pieces with the bare room in mind. Before returning old accessories, place the new ones. Add only the best of the old ones to the mix.
Cost: $99, if budget was intact
New lamp with great shade
Requirement: Lamps are like new shoes – they always make a room feel better. Look for great lampshades rather than selecting on the merits of the base alone.
Permanent silk plants are not forever
Requirement: Fill the vertical void in height of a retired silk ficus tree with bamboo sticks in an urn.