Home Interior Design Tips – How to Make Big Changes Without Spending a Dime
Do you want to change the way your home looks but do not want to spend money? Believe it or not you can make dramatic changes without spending a dime. Of course, a fair amount work on your part will be required.
The tips in this article will exploit some of the basics of human perception. What exactly do I mean by this? Well, have you ever noticed how different your old home looks when you're moving? Everything inside has been boxed and is waiting to be placed into a moving van or truck. The inside of your home does not seem the same does it?
When we get used to the way our looks, we start to take it for granted. We stop noticing the details and they become practically invisible. So all you need to do is to shake things up by a strategic relocation of the furniture in your home. You will feel like you've moved to a new home without going anywhere.
The best way to do this is one room at a time. Once you decide on the room, you should get rid of the clutter first. Start with things laying around that have a home. Put them back in their closets, bookcases, drawers, etc. Then proceed to the items that do not have a home. Decide if they should be thrown out or placed somewhere. Deciding what to throw away is a difficult decision for many of us. If that is you, ask your significant other to decide for you.
After eliminating the clutter, it is time to rearrange the furniture. It would be wise to plan this out first by taking measurements of the room as well as the largest furniture. Then you'll want to make rectangular paper cutouts that represent your large furniture. These will be placed within a rectangle drawn on graph paper that represents the room.
Depending on the rooms dimensions, each grid line on the graph paper can represent 6 inches, a foot, or two feet. Use a second graph paper to make the furniture cutouts. You can try different furniture layouts on paper first before committing yourself.
Furniture arrangement tends to focus on a certain part of the room. For example, if the sofa is facing a TV set, then the TV is the center of attention of the people sitting on the sofa. You can change the center of attention to a different spot and then reorient the sofa and tables and chairs to face it.
For a more radical change, you could make a different object the center of attention. If you'd like your family to be more social, then make a coffee table the focus of attention. In this case the sofa and chairs circle around the table. This means that people will be facing each other.
Once finished with one room, do this with the other rooms. Now you have a 'new' home that has been transformed and revitalized.