Big Decorating Ideas For Small
Rooms On A Tight Budget
By Kathy Wilson
Decorating a small room is one of the biggest challenges many
families have in their homes today. Making a small room work for your loved ones
can be frustrating and confusing. Here are some great low budget ways to simply
transform your small rooms no matter what your budget!
1. First of all, determine if making your room look larger is really the way
to go. After all, what's so great about large rooms? Maybe you want your living
room to be comforting, and to wrap people with warmth when they enter. Or your
bath to be charming, filled with personality everywhere you look! So don't be so
quick to assume bigger is always better...you might just be creating a problem
where there is none!
2.Make the most of a small room you wish to make cozy by using warm rich
colors. Drape the windows with fabric, and add throw blankets and pillows to
cozy up with. You can buy inexpensive muslin and twist and swag it over a
curtain rod for a casual but stunning frame to your windows. Buy flat sheets and
sew up pillow covers, and make throws from fleece fabric from the craft store.
Make your room cozy deliberately, and its special style will show through, not
the size of the room.
3. Reduce the clutter in a small room! This is the #1 problem within small
spaces, and also the fastest to fix. Take a box and remove all clutter from the
room. Move out accessories, pillows, everything! Now bring things back one at a
time, and stop when it's perfect. The key here is restraint!
4.Use large scale items in a small room. Now, traditional rules about scale
in a room would lead you to believe a small room needs small scale furniture,
but the opposite is true. Using just a few larger scale pieces reduces clutter
and gives the eye a smoother trip across the room. The same goes for artwork! If
you are trying to make a room look larger, go for one large print on the wall,
or hang a decorative rug, instead of small collections.
5.A simple tip to make rooms look larger? Keep your windows and slick
surfaces sparkling clean! Believe it or not, the reflection of clean will make a
room look brighter, fresher and larger. Try it!
6.Paint just one focal wall a rich deep color to add depth to your room.
Leave the other walls either white, or a much paler version of your accent wall
and those walls will appear to fall away. Also keep in mind that cooler colors
such as greens and blues tend to recede from the eye, while warmer colors such
as reds and yellows seem to close in a room.
7.Finally, remember to use as many double duty items in the room as possible
to reduce clutter. A chest of drawers can hold a tv, and store all your
magazines and games, a futon sofa can double as a guest room, and a pine chest
makes a great coffee table, while storing extra linens!
Remember, itís not the size of the room, itís the size of the heart who
creates the room. Let yours show through with personality and creativity, not
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