5 Inspirational Styles To Steal Before You Start Decorating
Decorating, or redecorating, a new home can be an exciting and enjoyable experience. If you have the chance to bring some positive change into your life via a newly decorated living space, there are tons of things that you can do even if you are on a budget. First and foremost, any decision that you make should make both you and your family happy. After all, you will have to live with your choices- or rather live in your choices. Having an idea of what you want is crucial, but sometimes it can be great to investigate and experiment, at least conceptually. Whether you already have a plan, or are drawing a blank at the thought of change, here are some potential ideas to steal for your next big home makeover:
1. Media Room: Adding a media room, or game room, to your abode can bring great happiness to the movie lovers and gamers within your household. This can be done in a variety of home sizes and on a variety of budgets. If you have an extra room in your home, you can turn the entire space into a dedicated media room or at home movie theatre. On the other hand, you can get creative with your living room instead by mounting your television on a wall and adding to the atmosphere with some comfortable couches and a sound system. You’ll be surprised how affordable a media room can be and how simple it is to install everything that you will need. Finding a specialist in your area can be as easy as typing what you need and the name of your city into a Google search. For instance, if you live in Atlanta, try entering “tv installation Atlanta”, or “home theatre installation Atlanta GA” into your favorite browser, and you are sure to find plenty of qualified professionals near your home. If you are on a tight budget, make sure to shop around for your television installation, and keep the atmosphere open with simple furniture rather than a complex theater or living room setup.
2. Mounted Storage: Whether you have a small space, or just a lot of things, consider mounting a few shelves to help add some storage space. This can be a handy technique to employ for a garage, living room or kitchen, but will also work in bedrooms and bathrooms. Make sure that you mount your shelves in such a place, and in such a way, as to avoid bumping into them. For instance, if you need to add some extra space for your favorite bath products, consider a shelf that is no higher than eye level, but also no lower than your elbows. For places like a garage, the eye level rule is not as applicable- but you should still avoid storing big or heavy objects out of view. Mounting your storage can not only give you extra space, but also add charm and a sense of fullness to an otherwise empty room. For instance, you can even add shelves to your living room for books, plants, and other things that you would like to display.
3. Consider Conversation Pits: Once a relic of the 60’s, conversation pits are making a comeback. The idea is to have a circular or rectangular couch arrangement that is slightly less elevated than the rest of the living space. In some cases, these can be garnished with a coffee table or centered around a television set. Conversation pits are a great idea for living rooms, siting rooms and even outdoor patios. You can use your conversation pit as a space for an informal meal, conversations, parties, or even just lounging. If your home doesn’t have the difference in elevation, you can fake the look by arranging your furniture in a circle, or semicircle- depending on your specific plan.
4. Embrace Multipurpose Furniture: This one is great no matter how large or small your space. Repurposing your furniture is a great way to redecorate on a budget or to hang on to something that may have sentimental value but no longer matches your décor. For instance, you can consider bringing in lawn chairs and tables indoors to add a bit of summer to your life during the colder seasons. Not only will this save your furniture from weather degradation, but it will give you a fresh little corner to enjoy. On the other hand, you can take an old setup outside for a brand-new patio set. If you think that an idea will work, it is definitely worth trying. After all, you already have the furniture and so you won’t be losing money on this particular venture.
5. Add a Reading Nook: Whether you are encouraging your kids to become avid readers, or looking for an awesome place to curl up with your favorite page turner, a reading nook can be a great option. Choose a space that is secluded- or as secluded as possible, depending on the house or apartment size. If you are working within a smaller space, adding curtains or drapes can help make the nook more private and stringing lights can add to the magic and excitement of reading- in addition to providing extra illumination. The lighting of your nook is important. Ideally, your nook will be near a large window with plenty of light during the day, and a great artificial light source for nighttime. Make sure to choose furniture that is comfortable and consider giving yourself a chance to stretch your legs by either opting for a larger chair or adding a foot rest. A coffee table or large windowsills are crucial for reading nooks as these can be a place for tea, coffee or snacks. You should also add pillows and blankets to make the nook interesting and more comfortable. If you are embracing the multipurpose furniture philosophy, your Nook can become a more casual work space or a place for inspiration.
These are just some great ideas to consider. When decorating, you definitely want to stay true to your personality, and your budget, to avoid regrets. Whatever your preferences, it is always good to do a bit of research just so that you know your options. In some cases, a new idea can be the start of a new and improved home.