Since I started blogging, one of the areas where I have been the most inspired is home design. I love the way furniture, color, patterns and eclectic pieces can come together to make the most beautiful room. I always thought that rooms needed to be pretty matchy-matchy to look good, but my eyes have really been opened by interior design blogs. We are planning to move in the next 6 months, so lately I have been paying attention to rooms that I love so that I can remember them as I plan what our next house will look like. I know that I want it to have color and simplicity while still maintaining a home-y feel.
In the meantime, while we are still living in our current house I wanted to incorporate a few of my favorite design trends. We can’t afford to do anything major right now since we aren’t planning to live here long-term, but by adding a few things here and there we can change the look of a room at a decent price!
Using the above picture, let’s look at a few quick things you can do to change a room.
Framed Wallpaper – $44.98
This is a newer trend that has become popular recently for several reasons. First of all, it’s a lot cheaper than nice framed artwork. It’s also pretty simple: find some wallpaper that you love and put it in a frame. The picture above shows a pretty large piece, but you can also do several smaller frames of wallpaper and make a gallery wall. The nice thing is that you can customize it as much as you want and switch it easily any time that you need a change!
Flowers – $19.99
Fresh flowers not only add pops of color to a room; they smell amazing, too! Flowers placed around a room can really add to the design of the room by bringing the color scheme together and adding visual interest to a room. If you aren’t into fresh flowers or think they’ll cost too much long-term, artificial flowers can be just as pretty and they last a lot longer. Try to use flowers in contrasting colors from the furniture and accents in the room so that they will really pop!
Chandelier – $250
Okay, so this one seems a little pricier, but a change in the lighting fixture can drastically change the mood and design of a room. It’s definitely worth the splurge. A chandelier makes everything look modern and put together. It’s also a major piece of eye candy in the room and really draws the eye upward. It doesn’t have to be super fancy and made of crystal. I found an antler chandelier that my husband would just love. Remind me not to show him…I don’t really want that in my house! : ) Try to find coupons to help lower the price.
Colorful Pillows – $29.99
This is the easiest one of all to do. Buy a few new pillows and the room will be completely transformed before your eyes. The key is to look for pillows in bright colors or with unique patterns. They don’t all have to match, just make sure they bring together colors in the room! The picture above has 4 different colors of pillows, yet they all work together to complete the look and feel of the room. My favorite pillows right now are the chevron pattern. I just can’t get enough of them!
Those are just a few less-expensive ways to design a room. These have been great for us in our home. Since we are planning to move, we don’t want to put a lot of money back into the house by redoing floors or painting walls. Artwork and pillows have really helped us to add color and interest to our rooms.