Decorating on a Dime

Domestic CEO has 4 easy ways to turn your drab home into a dream – for less!

Amanda Thomas
4-minute read
Episode #1

Decorating on a Dime

I often hear from clients who feel trapped in their homes. They may want a big change but can’t afford to move. Watching the news and hearing about the continuing recession and slow-to-improve housing market isn’t helping. If this sounds like you, why not start making some quick changes to turn the home you live in now from a drag to a dream?

Here are 4 tips that are easy and inexpensive, but can make a big impact:

Tip #1: Grab the Paint!

For less than $75 and 3 hours of your time, you can completely change the feel of a room just by painting the walls. If you aren’t sure what color to choose, here’s a tip from an interior designer friend: Look to your closet. If you know what colors make you look fantastic when you wear them, surround yourself with them in your home. Never paint a room in your house a color that you wouldn’t wear. If you look amazing in red, I wouldn’t necessarily advise you to paint all your walls red, but use that as your accent color. This means that your wall color needs to complement the red you love to wear. Or you can go dramatic and paint just one wall with your favorite red!

Tip #2: Clear the Clutter

Sometimes we end up hating our spaces because we simply have too much stuff! The least expensive way to start off your redecorating endeavor is to reduce the amount of stuff you have in each room. First, remove any pieces you don’t like or that give you a bad feeling. Things to look for are: gifts from past relationships, the lamp your parents gave you that you have always secretly hated, and most importantly, anything that you’ve “needed to fix up” for more than a month. Just getting rid of the items that don’t contribute to a positive, comfortable environment will make a big difference in how much you like your space.

Go through your home and find pieces that aren’t working for you in the room they are currently in. Maybe they don’t match the color scheme, are too big/small for the space, or just don’t feel right. Start putting those items into a “holding area.” Once you’ve gone through all the rooms, you may find that the perfect vintage lamp for your office was the piece of junk lamp from your bedroom. The chair that felt tiny and out of place in your living room may be the ideal reading chair for your den.