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Pooja Solanki: change the look of a room in your home on a small budget

For most of us, replacing all of your furniture room by room isn’t feasible. That doesn’t mean you can’t make simple, easy and often-inexpensive changes to rooms in your home. Here are some easy ways to change the look of any room on a small budget. 

Give your windows something new to wear. Ready-to-hang window treatments are easy to install and yield dramatic results. Windows can be dressed to perfectly suit your style and taste. You can go bold and graphic with geometric curtain panels, or beachy with gauzy white sheers, or minimalist with bamboo shades — the options are endless.


Place flowers with a flourish for an instant breath of fresh air in any room.
However, if you prefer, potted ferns, wreaths, and potpourri, that can also make a statement. The focal point of the display doesn’t have to be only the greenery — give thought to the vase, as well.


A simple area rug can dramatically change the feel of a room.
Dress it up with an oriental rug, or lighten up a dark room with a light colored rug, or add colors through a funky patterned rug.


Brighten up with new lighting.
Proper lighting can truly bring a room to life. A poorly lit room looks small, dark and cramped, while a brightly lit room appears open, airy and welcoming. Strategically place a couple tall floor lamps in dark corners, Layer this lighting with lamps on side tables, or you can replace all those outdated ceiling fixtures with the stunning modern masterpieces. All this makes your room feel welcoming and cozy.



One word: Paint.
“Paint it” is the most common suggestion you’ll hear to update a room. It seems obvious but a clean coat of paint can take a room from drab to fab. Consider adding a punch of colour on an accent wall, or just touch up your trim with a clean coat of white paint. If your home already has a fresh coat of paint, then look to other things that could use a touch-up. Maybe paint your ceiling a cool blue, or bring new life to an outdated piece of furniture with a new coat of paint. A deep clean and a new coat of paint can go a long way when it comes to revamping our rooms without major renovations.


Install decorative display shelves.
You’ll solve storage and decorating issues at the same time. If you collect shells, matchbooks, or family photos, don’t hide them away. Give each their own space to shine, and give your room a new vibe in the process. Mirrors when placed opposite windows reflect light into the room and make the room seem more open.


Wallpaper an accent wall.
Consider covering the main wall of your bedroom with a peaceful pattern, or consider a living room update by covering one wall with a funky geometric patterned paper.



Last but not the least, add
 colourful cushions. Cushions are significant decorating accessories that make your space look stylish and versatile and are light on your budget of home décor. If you lead a very casual/informal lifestyle, funky/jazzy designs suit you the best. Then create a good mix of colourful and decorative cushions in unusual shapes and create a delightful atmosphere.

  

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