Feel the need to change your surroundings? Before committing to a major remodel, consider ways to simply change how each room looks.
To avoid feeling overwhelmed, a homeowner should first figure out which room he or she may want to redesign or redecorate. Some rooms are easier than others to redecorate, said Dustin Fowler of Fowler Interiors.
“Bedrooms are the easiest because simply changing the bedding will transform a room,” Fowler said. “Especially if you were to change the bedding and lamps, or bedding and art. These are small easy swaps.”
In addition to bedrooms, a living room or great room can be redone simply by replacing pillows with more current patterns or colorations, or by swapping out lamps or lighting fixtures, said Fowler.
Throughout the house, the homeowner may want to explore making small changes to a room to switch up its appearance.
“You can change a small rug, accessories in a bookcase,” said Terry Gillespie of Hennessee Haven. “Things like that can make a big difference without a huge expense.”
While switching out items in each room or updating lighting can help transform a room, painting can also completely change the appearance.
“Paint has a big payback with transformation and is not too expensive compared to other things,” Kim Jackson of Id Studio Interiors said. “I also think rearranging your furniture is an easy way to restyle a space. Painting and repurposing furniture in unexpected ways is always great and typically only costs the sweat equity you are willing to put in. Also, if you don’t have a lot of pieces, going to our local thrift stores is a great way to find a deal and then make it yours.”
While any updates may be done by the homeowner, he or she may want to explore the idea of hiring a professional decorator to help with redesigning rooms. Before calling a professional, the person should have an idea of what his or her budget is and the scope of the work being planned, said Fowler.
Once the homeowner has finances in place and an idea of which space is being redecorated, he or she may want to reach out to several interior design firms before picking a designer, Jackson said.
“Greenville has a lot of talent, and I always tell clients that if you wouldn’t want to grab a cup of coffee with me then I shouldn’t be designing your home,” said Jackson. “The chemistry and comfort level are paramount for both parties. Budget and workload are also smart items to discuss prior to committing to a design team. Your project should be made a priority.”
While picking someone the homeowner is comfortable working with is important, he or she should also ask about the kind of insurance any expert carries and request to see a copy of the insurance, as well as inquire about any guarantees that the person may make at the end of a job, said Gillespie. For example, when painting is completed, a painter may need to return to fix holes in the wall.
Ways to breathe new life into a room:
- Change bedding and/or linens
- Replace lamps or lighting fixtures
- Switch out wall art
- Trade out decorations on shelving
- Update pillows in the bedroom or living room
- Rearrange the furniture