I had been living in my condo for several years when I decided I wanted to redecorate. My job was going well and I lived near the office, so I decided that since it looked like I would be there for a few more years at least that I would spruce it up a little bit. It had the same paint job, window treatments, and tile that had been there when I moved in. The only thing I had done to personalize it was add my own furniture, decorations, and wall hangings. It was time to finally make it my own.
First I spent a lot of time on social media and online looking for inspiration. I knew I wanted to make it something special but I also did not want to spend a fortune or end up doing something permanent or expensive that I was going to end up hating later on. I looked for color schemes that I liked, finally deciding on a grey and white for the kitchen, and a light summer green with neutrals for the living room. Those were going to be my two places I started, and hopefully with enough “do it myself” tips, I could keep the costs down and look into doing the bedrooms and bathroom as well.
First, in the kitchen I purchased new white Hunter Douglas window coverings for the two windows above the sink, and painted the wall behind the windows and cabinets a beautiful slate grey. I then painted the cabinets white myself, with tips I found online. Since new tile and counter tops would cost a fortune, I instead focused on adding plants, lighting, and art that would highlight the white and slate grey. With the new window treatments, paint, and painted cabinets, it looked really elegant in the kitchen. Once that was finished, I could not wait to start on the living room!
I already had nice wooden slatted blinds in there that I loved, and I painted the two walls with windows the light green I had picked out. Again I focused on lighting and greenery, along with some yellow and light green accents. The couch was already a nice neutral but I bought throw pillows and a rug to help bring the whole room together. Between the fresh paint, flowers, and accents, I basically had a whole new room and for pretty cheap! These two projects, while affordable, left me exhausted so I decided I would take a break for a while before tackling any of the other rooms in the house.
Redesigning the interior of your home can be a great way to perk it up, freshen your palette, and make you fall in love with your own home all over again if you were getting bored. If you love do it yourself projects and can follow instructions, there are a lot of affordable ways to decorate out there, and lots of people online with helpful advice and hints. Take advantage of other people’s mistakes and hidden gems and save yourself a lot of trouble and money.