Bedrooms and Bedding: Spruce up on a shoe string

Even with a bare-bones decorating budget, you can still give your home a fresh look.

It just takes a bit of creativity and an open mind, according to Ginny Bean, publisher and founder of Ginny’s catalog and “One of the easiest and least expensive ways to spruce up your home is to subtract from what’s in it,” says Bean. Removing clutter is just one of Bean’s low-cost, high-impact tips for giving your home a seasonal lift.

Clear the clutter. In the winter, it’s comforting to have stacks of books and magazines on coffee tables, and throws on couches. When it’s warm, you want open and airy. Put books on shelves, and magazines in a rack or basket. Tuck the throws in the linen closet, and pack away knick-knacks for a few months.

Rearrange the furniture. Try floating furniture in the room rather than hugging the walls. It’s a great trick for making the space feel different and less structured. Swap out an item in your living room for one in your bedroom, or slide something from the kitchen into the dining room.

Spring for some color. A few touches of bright, saturated color can refresh any decor, and distract the eye from items that might be a bit dated. No one will notice a worn coffee table if it has a bold, oversized vase sitting on it. There’s no need to break the bank. Think about pillows or placemats to incorporate the colors you want.

Accessorize. You can change your towels, shower curtain and bath accessories for less than $100. Jar candles are another inexpensive way to create an inviting room environment. Seasonal scents like honeysuckle, freesia and spring tulip add color, freshness and intoxicating fragrance.

Go sheer. Replace heavy draperies with bright, light-weight curtains or sheers. You won’t believe the difference it can make. Just let them hang and blow in the breeze.

Remake your bed. Put away that heavy comforter or quilt in favor of a lighter bedspread. Mix and match solid-colored fitted and top sheets with pillowcases in various patterns. Tuck the top sheet tightly all around and fold the edge at the head of the bed over your coverlet or blanket. Fold your bedspread down to rest across the foot of the bed. Add accent pillows to create an inviting, luxurious-looking bed.

Assess your art work. Is your wall decor warm and cozy? Switch out a few pieces for something lighter and brighter.

Plant an idea. Put at least one house plant in every room. Fill a low planter or kitchen serving dish with potting soil and some grass seed. When the grass is a few inches high, add seashells for a conversation-starting centerpiece.  To find more decorating ideas and bedding  click here.


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