Tips for an Affordable Home Improvement
DO – get creative with your wall covering
Layer an assortment of maps using wallpaper adhesive. It’s great for camouflaging uneven walls and is a creative way to pay homage to the many road trips you’ve taken—or want to take.
DON’T – follow the crowd
Trends come and go, and easy updates are the best way to keep current. But you have to live with the look, so be sure you love it. Just because it’s in style doesn’t mean it’s your style.
DO – be a salvage specialist
Go home-goods shopping at thrift stores, garage sales and salvage yards. Often the most random, tossed-aside things—like assorted letters or an old school locker—can find the coolest purpose in your home.
DON’T – let small accents stand alone
Itty-bitty items can lose their impact, so when displaying mantel or tabletop knickknacks, give them some clout by grouping with other objects that are similar in size and style.
DO – look up
The ceiling is often a neglected design element, yet a simple coat of paint can give a room a bold new look—no structural changes required.
DON’T – paint before choosing accents
If you’re planning to add pillows or vases, select paint color after you buy them to ensure you get the perfect match.
DO – limit your boldness
If you’re painting a bright color over a large area, be careful with accents in other bold hues that might distract from the main attraction. Sometimes just one strong color says it all.
DON’T – hang onto stuff past its prime
Know when something has served its purpose—and donate it to a local charity.
The most important rule of all is to not stress about the room(s) you are trying to tackle. This is supposed to be a fun and experimental time where you can learn about your craft and what makes your home happy. If you like the color red, put it in a room where you spend a lot of time. If thoughts of ocean getaways relax you, create a coastal theme in your bedroom or bath.
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