Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Inexpensive Home Decorating Ideas - South Beach Style

Inexpensive Home Decorating Ideas - South Beach Style

Home decorating is not something that requires a vast fortune in order to achieve the look you want. Nor is it something that you must complete all at once. The ideal way to decorate your home spaces is one step at a time, one room at a time. The process will be much less stressful, much more enjoyable, and imminently more affordable. Start small then work your way up to the big items or projects.

Painting a room is one of the least expensive things you can do, and it will often have the most immediate and profound impact on the overall look and feel of the space in question. Select your paint colors and paint the walls first. In this way you have a background for the space that you can work with when you select other items for the room. More importantly, paint is something that the average person is capable of doing on their own rather than being forced to hire experts in order to get it done. Any home improvement project that you can do yourself will save more money than you can imagine along the way.

Once you've changed your wall colors, look at your window treatments. Do they need to be changed or updated? Roman shades are an excellent choice as they are rather simple to make (which would leave you only the cost of the fabric and supplies), however they are not the only option. Personally I prefer mini blinds or shutters to achieve the breezy South Beach style that we enjoy here on Miami Beach. They the rooms appear uncluttered, and airy. Depending on your individual style, whether the room is more formal (drapes are best for the most formal settings), or more casual, you will be the best judge of what type of window treatment will be bests. Curtains, Roman shades, and mini blinds can be purchased to match the colors on your walls and should not be a terribly expensive investment.

Flooring has in the past often been out of reach of those seeking to casually improve the look of a room. New technology and materials have made new flooring a valid option even for those who are on seriously limited home decorating budgets. Laminates are a good option for those who love the look of hardwood but cannot afford the expense of materials and/or labor for these floors in their homes. We like bamboo laminates. These floating floors can often be installed by even those with limited skills and make a very noticeable change in the look and feel of a room. Peel and stick tiles are another option for those whose budgets will not accommodate laminate flooring. Check out the options and the prices at your local home improvement store. You just might be amazed at what you can afford.

While new furniture can be expensive, try adding just one quality piece at a time. Or visit your local consignment furniture store. They often have furniture that is very lightly used, or may not have been used at all, at deep discounts to the furniture stores. If you are good at fixing things, you may find some good options at second-hand or used furniture stores. These items may need just a coat of paint, or other small repair, but can change the look of your room drastically.

Mirrors are excellent objects to use when decorating a home. More importantly, they tend to bee rather inexpensive. Mirrors also lend the appearance of a much more wide-open space. If you have a fire place, strategically located mirrors can spread the warmth and coziness (if not the heat) of a fire throughout the room making the room as a whole seem like a much more enjoyable place to escape the winter "blahs". We use mirrors to bring the ocean and beachscape inside. They are also good tools for bringing more light into darker corners.

Artwork, candles, vases, and floral arrangements can be purchased one piece at a time in order to give the room a more polished look. Once you've decorated one room in your home with these budget tips in mind you can move on to other rooms in your home and incorporate the same ideals as you go. Remember that decorating your home doesn't have to cost a fortune but it will require some patience and planning on your part. With this in mind, there should be nothing to stop you from heading out today and getting to work on your new home decorating plans.

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