Sometimes the appeal of a room in the house begins to fade. Nothing against the room, perhaps the color is not quite what was expected, or the carpet shows some personality (stains). Normal wear and tear on any room can result in holes in the walls, a nick in the trim, even holes in the carpet, and any number of small eyesores that may be invisible to the vast majority of folks who look at the room. However, because you know they are their they start to look bigger than they really are. Other times the flaws are easy to spot, but can be hidden by moving a picture or other piece of furniture to hide the imperfection. These easy solutions are nothing to be ashamed of, however, there are a few quick changes that can be accomplished inside of a weekend for the do it yourselfer.
The need for small changes that can be accomplished in a small amount of time with a small budget can be any number of things: perhaps a party is a few weeks away, maybe the holidays are coming, or a fresh change for spring is in order. No matter what the reason behind the change is, here are five ideas to help get you started.
A fresh coat of paint can solve a lot of problems. More than that though is patching holes and cracks. Every seasoned do it yourselfer knows that the vast majority of time on any paint project is in preparation, not in the actual painting labor. Take the weekend and move all the furniture into the center of the room, and set to work. For the easiest change and maximizing paint coverage, select a color just a shade or two off from the existing color. Depending on the size of the room, the furniture can be moved back into position Saturday evening resulting in pleasant quick change that brings the focus of the room back into order.
Area rugs are great for covering stains in the main carpet. However, they can also be strategically placed to break up the flow of the room. Long rugs or even runners can improve the flow of the eye through the room. If possible, move all of the furniture out of the room before placing the rugs and runner onto the floor. The majority of time moving all the furniture out of a room is not possible, which results in the back breaking work of tucking the carpet underneath the legs of the couch and than recliner that weighs five hundred pounds. Remember to use the rugs help define the room, not just as a cover up.
Small pieces of new furniture are great additions to any room. These pieces do not need to be huge monsters that cover entire walls. Small concise units, such as end tables or book cases, can be used to neaten areas and organize clutter at the same time. This results in handling two problems at one time. Be sure to take adequate measurements of the space available before shopping for any furniture, and take that tape measure along to the store. Measure any piece of furniture before putting it together and realizing it is too big or too small than what was desired.
Changing a light fixture takes just a few hours time. Replacing a ceiling fixture with a ceiling fan can really bring a room together, and changing the light pattern of any room can result in brighter surrounding and a more cheerful presentation. If changing the ceiling fixture or wall sconces is not an option, consider adding some lamps or floor lamps to the space. Use different powers of light bulbs in the floor lamps than the ceiling fixture, this allows to alternate the mood of the room according to use with just the flick of a switch.
Drapes and fabrics can change the appearance of room in virtually no time at all. Carefully selecting colors and patterns can enhance a rooms personality, and even change the atmosphere of the entire house. Even the use of decorative curtain rods can bring a touch of elegance and detail to space that otherwise never gets taken advantage of. Remember to save receipts for these purchases, as trial and error are often the best way to experiment with fabrics.