Recently we had a bad time because of the financial crisis – we lost income and had to make some tough choices. Could we still tithe and put food on our children’s tables? We got through the worst of it but money is still tight. How can we live as one with God but still make our homes nice to live in?
You want to stay trendy and keep your home up-to-date but you have that sticky little thing called a budget. What can you do? Start with the basics. First begin with the room that most of your friends will see first: the entry. Area rugs scream with the latest trends and they can be very inexpensive. Don’t spend a lot of money on an area rug that in a few years you will replace with something that is more current. Typically, an entry will have some sort of table either close to the wall or in the center of the entry itself. This table is a core piece and won’t be replaced on a regular basis. This piece should reflect your personality ( traditional, contemporary, modern). Next is lighting, artwork, mirrors, faux finish for the walls. These are items that can be moved to other areas of the house when you just want to refresh your entry. Artwork is not an item that is trendy ( it is usually selected based on the owners taste) but lighting and faux finishes are. Wallpaper is making a come back and it is being used in any room that will fit your decor. Lighting is being manufactured in all of the latest finishes and an old finish can easily out date your entry. New finishes include: polished chrome, lacquered black and a new antique brass that has a wonderful warmth to it. Also, chandeliers are adding a lot of crystals for that extra touch of bling.
Next, move on to your family room. Apply the same basic principles as the entry. The core pieces of furniture being your sofa and chairs. Fabric coverings can be very neutral in color and pattern. Incorporate trends in your accents such as pillows and accessories. Todays trends in fabrics are big, bold patterns and bold, saturated colors. Chocolate brown is hot right now and it is being combined with blues, greens, reds and whites. Metalics are also very popular and can add that extra touch of bling.
The powder bath is the room that also deserves some attention. Because it is a small area, it is usually very economical to wallpaper and then re-wallpaper with the latest trend in design and colors. Wallpaper adds color and texture to any room and is an easy redo. Bath accessories speak volumes in a powder bath because there are so few accessories in that small space. When changing the wall color or hanging a new paper, replace the soap dish and glass tumbler with the current trend without breaking the budget. Even the best bath pillow comes in at around 20 dollars and will make bath time a treat.
These simple and inexpensive tips will keep your home looking fresh and updated with breaking that sticky little thing called a budget.