With planning, patience, and a lot of elbow grease, decorating your home is something you can do yourself. Here’s how.
A bare wood floor can be refinished and stained darker or bleached lighter. It’s your choice. A neutral floor usually goes better with dark furniture and vise versa. Take into consideration the floors of the rest of your house. They should be complimentary.
Curtains can match walls, floors or fabrics such as cushion covers or bed spreads. They can include colors of both walls, fabrics or floors. You can have long floor length curtains or short curtains that end at the bottom of the window. You can buy yards of low cost fabric and make your curtains yourself or buy them at a more expensive price.
When buying fabric to make slip covers, bedspreads or curtains remember that horizontal stripes make a piece seem wider,while vertical adds height. A small print makes a piece appear larger while a large print makes it appear smaller and cluttered. Large designs usually look better in large rooms. You can buy ready made couch and chair covers or you can make them yourself. Work the covers deeply into the crevices with a long wooden spoon but be careful not to get it too tight. If you decide to cover a leather chair cover it with carpet padding first.
As you arrange your furniture remember a room full of furniture feels smaller.
A door placed across two filing cabinets makes a nice large desk.
A low backed couch can be made look taller by placing a large painting behind it.
Consider spray painting a thrift store piece with a single coat that doesn’t cover all blemishes and you have a shabby chic piece.
Good luck with your decorating project. It takes patience, planning, and elbow grease but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I see beautiful old pieces at thrift stores that are better made than many new pieces of furniture today. I just wish I had room to bring them all home with me. Decorating can cost a fortune but it doesn’t have to.
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