• Prioritize your wants over your needs: the idea of decorating your home can be overwhelming, and every room seems like it needs something.  Determine what rooms need the most focus first. If you entertain or spend most of your time in the kitchen and dining area – this becomes your focus. Instead of decorating all the bedrooms and it’s only two of you living at your home.

  • Determine the new theme or tone for your new look home: First of all you need to have a clear idea of what theme or new look you want for your home, i.e, traditional, modern, contemporary, vintage…  There are numerous Interior decoration magazines and other sources available in the market today. Do glance through some of these material to determine what theme or look you want for your house.

  • Determine your budget before you begin: Now that you have decided or have a rough idea of the new theme for your house it is time to set a budget before you start your interior work. Budget preparation will help you define the boundaries of work and the toll on your wallet.

  • Commence work at front door/entry: First impression is the best impression. Entry room should give your guests a sense of your style instantly. Do not clutter your foyer, maximize space without over cluttering. Adding a mirror will always open up your foyer by reflecting the décor of the room. Use a chest or decorative baskets to hold house keys or mail.
  • Save money by using vases and decorative urns from other areas of your   home that already exist.

  • Maximize your existing furniture: Room makeover doesn’t mean you need to replace furniture and other accessories. Consider re-upholstering furniture with updated coloured and styled materials. Use a fresh coat of paint on headboards and mirror frames.  Re-stain wood furniture to give it a new look. Slip covers offer a quick and easy solution for changing out furniture for different seasons and or occasions. 

  • Re-Arrange your furniture layout: Re-arranging your furniture and accessories will bring a huge change to the look of a room. Try complimenting your key features in the room by placing furniture around it. Assess each item in the room, how it being used and how it adds value to your room. Where an item is not being used, try replacing it and add more space.

  • Paint a room or accent wall with a bold colour: Add life into a room by using bold colours. Paint is the most affordable decorating tool you have. Paint an accent wall in a contrasting or complementing colour to your furniture.  Sometimes it is not easy to choose a colour. These days you get to buy sample paints. Try few colours on the actual wall and then decide on the colour.

  •  Add accessories to bring a new look to your furniture: Use throw pillows, throw blankets, and rugs to give your old room a new look and feel. If you have a worn area on the floor, see whether it can be covered with a rug.

  • Lighting to highlight décor and interiors: Lighting is a very important component to enhance the look and feel of your room. Lighting in excess or inadequate lighting will have an negative impact on your room. Lamps and lighting can make or break a space. The amount of lighting you add depends upon the room size, corridors, windows, etc..Also, keep in mind electricity is not cheap these days, so use wisely. Preferably have two tones of lighting. One where the room can be well lit for functions or special occasions. Also, the use of just table lamps to give a very warm and cosy feeling. Replacing your existing lamp shades in itself will make a huge change to the ambience. Use simple up-lighting to give visual interest to house plants and atrium areas in your home.

  • Wallpaper for your home – Try to have each room in different themes. That doesn’t mean themes which are very extreme, with slight variations, and a smooth transition from one theme to another. Using different colour paint for each room will bring a change, however use of wallpaper in one room will bring in a different dimension to your home. There are some fantastic products that are available in the market today.

  • Update your bathroom with new accessories – Consider changing the theme of the bathroom by changing the paint. Also, change towels, shower curtains and bath mats to compliment the paint colour. These are simple and inexpensive ways to bring a change.

  • Kitchen – Replacing kitchen cabinets is an expensive affair. If the kitchen cabinets and the countertop are in good condition then try not to replace the entire kitchen. Install new door pulls and handles to give a new look to a previously boring or out-of-date door pull. Also, try changing the plumbing fixtures to more modern ones. You may also replace couple of kitchen cabinet doors with glass. Another alternative is refacing the cabinet doors with veneers.

  • Bring in a homely touch by using your family’s artwork/collectibles as art: Display good family pictures, it always brings back good memories. Also, display your kid’s artwork, camp projects, and sports medals/awards around your home.  Instead of throwing them in a drawer, choose ones that have lots of colour and display them on a contrasting colour wall. Frame milestone memorabilia and see the pride your kids will take in having their work displayed.

  • Kid’s room: Children’s rooms can be expensive to decorate.  For creative and cheap wall ideas consider using chalkboard paint and stencils.  Chalkboard paint can be mixed into any colour, and when used with stencils can give a custom look for your kids. Paint a whole wall, or paint their favourite animals and sporting goods for hours of fun later.