Whether you plan on putting your St. Louis Park home on the market soon or you just want to freshen it up, DIY projects help save money. The bonus is that they’re sometimes fun as well.
Here are some creative DIY ways to add sizzle to your home.
1. Window Treatments
It's amazing what a simple curtain or valance can do to change the atmosphere of a room. Your bedroom can be transformed with sumptuous drapery fabrics, the kitchen can be taken country or sleek and modern with the right window coverings. Take a trip down the aisles of SR Harris Fabric in Brooklyn Park (they have fabulous sales) or Hancock Fabrics in Minneapolis to find fabrics to fit your decorating taste. Simple curtains and drapes are easy to make so even if you’re not handy with a sewing machine you can do this.
2. Paint and Wallpaper
Painting a room not only adds an air of freshness but can serve as a backdrop for your decorating ideas. If your home is on the market, your color choices are limited as its best to stick to neutral colors. If the home is one in which you plan to stay for some time, go wild with color!
Don't be afraid to experiment with your favorite colors or, take a tip from the color experts at big paint companies. Pantone, for instance, swears that the hot hue for 2015 is Marsala, a red-brown shade. The folks at Benjamin Moore choose “Guilford Green,” a soft, silvery light green. Finally, picture that pink flamingo in your neighbor’s yard and you’ll understand “Coral Reef,” Sherwin-Williams's color pick for 2015.
If you are decorating your home for selling, stay away from wallpaper. The patterns are a matter of personal taste and, again, you want to keep the walls neutral. If you currently have wallpaper in the home it will need to be stripped and the walls painted. If you’re spiffing up the home for yourself and find wallpaper you love, by all means, slap it on the walls!
So, ok, the budget doesn’t include new furniture. That doesn’t mean you can’t transform a room using your current stuff. Find the focal point of your room, usually an interesting architectural element, a fireplace or a view from the window. Rearrange the furniture to take advantage of that focal point. The most basic arrangement is to set the sofa directly across from it.
4. Bedroom Linens
Bedrooms can be so much more than repositories for a weary body after a hard day's work. Wouldn't it be wonderful to come home to an oasis in the middle of a hectic world? Bedroom linens are the first step in creating this relaxing atmosphere. From comforters and duvet covers with matching bolsters and pillows to bedspreads with dust ruffles, your bedroom can be transformed into your refuge.
If a piece of art speaks to you, if you enjoy looking at it, then buy it. It doesn't matter if it's an inexpensive reproduction or an expensive original, art is a personal preference. Art is fun, too. Groupings of small photos or paintings can enliven any wall. Large pieces over a sofa enhance the atmosphere in your living room.
The trick to hanging art work, even groupings, is to place it so that the center is at eye level. And, don't limit yourself to using only photos and paintings on the walls. Mirrors, in groupings or one dramatic piece, can make a room appear larger. Artwork can be anything from antique plates to Grandma’s handmade quilt.
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