With the onslaught of home decorating and do-it-yourself programs in all forms of media these days, it is hard not to take notice. Often these programs are in the theme of “Before” and “After”, showcasing a finished product (usually completed in a weekend) that is trendy, stylish and inspiring. So, you look around your home and think, “I wouldn’t even know where to start!” or “I don’t have any money to make my home stylish and trendy!” Maybe it is both, or another reason based on your own personal situation. If you love your home, and stylists would say it is outdated, do not fuss- your home is your personal sanctuary and if the ducky, country decor of the 1980’s and 1990’s still makes you feel wonderful, then keep it. It is as simple as that.
If you are interested and enjoy maintaining a stylish up-to-date look there are a couple of terms you should familiarize yourself with: fad and trend. Generally speaking a fad only lasts 6 months to a year, while a trend could last upwards of 7 to 10 years. Whether you want to re-vamp your decor with one, or both, you might want to try some of these suggestions, especially if you are on a tight budget:
1. Paint color is probably the utmost important trend in home decor. If you don’t plan on painting every couple of years, then choose colors from an already established color chart, or create your own, on the conservative side of the forecast (you can check out forecast colors at your favorite paint company’s website, or at pantone.com) These will generally stay in trend longer, and are probably easier to coordinate with other colors and patterns. If you like to change up your paint colors frequently, purchase paint that you can afford. You can even get “boo-boo” or mistints for a deal. Mix your own colors. Check out a color wheel online and mix colors that will bring you the result you want. Use an old margarine container to measure parts, before doing the big mix.
If you love a fad color, then you could always paint one wall as a feature wall; A small project that can be done every season if you wish!
2. Sometimes all that is needed is a piece of furniture that says “wow”. Absolutely check out your local Salvation Army or thrift store. Remember that trends come and go, so you may find a piece that is dirt cheap that although from another decade is back in style! You can get deals from anywhere of $10 and up. If the style is right, then maybe all it needs is a coat of paint. This is where you could add your pop of fad color, if you desire.
3. Keep your window dressings neutral and classic. Window coverings can be expensive and if you are on a budget it is usually best to work around them, unless you find something that is both trendy and cheap.
4. Accessories like pillows are often used to change fads and trends. And, although this is a great idea, it is not always economically feasible. Pillows can be expensive! If you are good with a sewing machine, you can make your own covers that are interchangeable- using a fad color on one side and a more conservative yet trendy color and pattern on the other. You can flip back and forth depending on your mood or whom you are entertaining.
5. Scatter mats can be a useful way of incorporating a new trend in terms of pattern, texture and color. Whether for the front door or under the coffee table, you can usually find a variety of prices and qualities with this accessory.