As seasons change, so can our home décor. Problem is, it can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.
We consulted some interior designers and asked for their best tips for freshening a home without spending a bundle.
Here are some of their suggestions:
Some of the biggest impact in a room comes from fabric – bedspreads, curtains or draperies, rugs and such. Many people have a “winter” and “summer” comforter – one heavier and in richer colors, one lighter in pastels. That can completely change how a bedroom looks.
A different rug has the same effect. On your neutral floor, put a richer-toned throw rug in fall and winter, and a lighter, brighter color for spring-summer. They need to be in the same color palette, of course, as the other things in the room with color. They don’t have to cost a fortune.
You might want to cover your sofa with a light cotton or linen slipcover for summer, then remove it as the weather turns chilly.
And if you use a tablecloth regularly, save the autumn leaves for October and break out the flowery one for April. Holiday cloths aren’t expensive and can make the whole room look like Christmas.
Throw pillows can completely change the look of a room. Your taupe/beige/cream color scheme gets a summer lift from turquoise or hot pink pillows. Come fall, switch them out for rich rusts, oranges or reds. A comfy throw in a seasonal color also can enhance your color scheme.
Lampshades can even be switched out seasonally. Another cheap trick is to change the bulbs in your lamps – they come in colors now! And different bulbs can give off warmer or cooler light.
And if you have silk flowers, change from bright spring tints to richer fall tones – whatever goes with your pillows.
One woman I know even has “summer” and “winter” art for her walls. Inexpensive prints or other wall art can be found at discount stores.
Find things around the house or in storage that you’re not using and bring them out. You old wine rack can become a magazine rack. You liked them once for a reason. Maybe you just got tired of them?
Vases (we all have a bunch stored somewhere) can make great accessories and don’t necessarily have to hold flowers. I have a fat, round one I fill with red glass Christmas tree ornaments for the holidays and it looks gorgeous. A pottery vase given to me by a friend holds kitchen utensils on the counter by my stove. It’s really cute.
You might not think that a scent can make a difference, but if you burn candles, go for pumpkin pie spice in autumn and winter, and a light flowery scent like lilac for spring and summer.
If you’re really ambitious, paint a single wall as a focal point in a room. You can go bold with an accent wall. Have a battered old sideboard in the dining room? Refinish it. Stain or paint and some new hardware will make it look like new.
Check out garage sales, Goodwill or Salvation Army and other thrift stores for “finds.”
If slipcovers turn out to be too expensive, you might actually be able to buy a better (gently used) sofa or chairs for not much more than the covers.
Look for fun accessories you can transform. One designer says she buys every single hobby horse she can find and repaints them for a decorative touch in children’s bedrooms. She also buys old cowboy boots and paints them in wild colors as accessories in Western-themed homes. They are definitely conversation pieces.
If you sew, that’s a bonus. You can make your own slipcovers, pillows, tablecloths, curtains and more.
Don’t be afraid to try crafts (like painting those cowboy boots) with a little advice from your local craft store. Staff is usually helpful and advice is FREE.
Here are a few websites that also have great advice for novices:
And for some visual ideas, also check out Bing Images. Sometimes a picture is worth … well, at least 500 words.