If money is not an issue, feel free to max out on the latest home remodeling trends. On the other hand, if your budget is more limited (like many of us), you’ll want to pick and choose the trends you incorporate in your renovations, remodeling or interior decorating a little more wisely.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the designer looks you can create with less.
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Plan Ahead – View magazines or websites to determine the room styles and style trends you desire. Create a storyboard or moodboard with your favorite choices. Include several pictures of rooms that closely match your ideal space, color samples – paint swatches, fabric swatches, a floorplan with room dimensions, individual pictures of furniture and accessories.
Reduce / Reuse / Recycle – Before buying anything new, check your existing inventory. Clear the clutter so you can see what you have. See if there are items of furniture or accessories in other parts of your home that will work with your new design. A chest of drawers that is underutilized in a spare room could be repurposed for use in your new space. With a simple change of the shade, an old lamp might be a close match for the new one you were going to purchase.
Carry Your Storyboard/Moodboard With You – Whether you’re just off to the grocery store or going on a serious shopping foray, always have your interior design storyboard or moodboard with you. This will keep you on plan and help to avoid any guessing cames when it comes to color, style or size.
Carry A Small Tapemeasure – You’ll never be stuck wondering if an item is too small or too big if you always have your own tape measure.
Browse Before You Buy – Go on a fact finding mission. Take a trip for the purpose of browsing only. Make a list of stores and merchants, then hit them all. You’ll be able to compile a list of possible purchases, see what is new and check on availability. Based on the results of this exploratory exercise you’ll have a better idea of how to budget your expenses.
Be A Bargain Shopper – Stay on top of Floor Model clearance sales and become familiar with the times of the year specific things go on sale. eg. January White Sales are the perfect time to invest in new bedding and linens. Don’t be afraid to ask if something will be going on sale.
Just Say ‘No’ To Impulse Purchases – Unless it’s part of your overall design plan, one impulsive, snap decision could blow your whole decorating budget.
All easier said than done, but by following these simple guidelines your designs will always be right on trend and less expensive to achieve. Managing your spending and spending less on trendy items means it will be easier to let things go when the next hot home remodeling trend surfaces.
Using Trendy Colors In Your Home Decor
Just like any other trend, today’s hot decor colors could be passé by tomorrow. Well, maybe not that quickly, but because trends do come and go it’s important to put serious thought towards how and where you introduce them in your home interior design.
Here are some tips and suggestions on how and where to use trendy color in your home:
Smaller Doses / Bigger Impact
- Stick to neutral colors for larger, more expensive items that you plan to keep for a long period of time. (Your sofa would fall into this category.)
- Add trendy colors through the use of paint, fabric, area rugs, decorative accessories, and wall art.
- Apply a bright paint color to one wall. Paint will make the biggest impact for the least amount of money. (This is something you will hear over and over again.) If the current trendy color is turquoise, rather than painting all of your walls and over-saturating your space with too much color, consider applying that trendy paint color to one wall surface to serve as an accent wall.
- Repeat the color from your accent wall in toss pillows, curtain panels, vases, a throw or other accessories.
If you love a bright, punchy color, but aren’t sure how far you’d like to carry it, these color tips offer safe ways of introducing it with less chance of feeling overwhelmed.
Find Color Inspiration for Your Interior Decorating
Where do you find interior design color inspiration? Finding color inspiration is really as simple as opening your eyes and taking a look around! Color is everywhere, all the time. We eat it, drink it, watch it and wear it. You don’t need to go anywhere to find color inspiration, just open your closet door, look under your feet, or glance out the kitchen window. We are completely surrounded by a multitude of inspiring color palettes.
If you feel comfortable wearing a particular color, chances are that including that color in your interior decorating color scheme interior design storyboards will also work. What about those new shoes – are they the exact shade of red you have in mind for an accent wall?
Under Your Feet
Do you have an area rug that you are planning to use? Select colors that have been used to create the pattern of that rug for use in other areas of your interior decor – a paint color for your walls, a color for accent or throw pillows.
Outside Your Window
Colors from nature are beautifully coordinated – the brilliant blue of the winter sky, the green of the moss that spreads over the stones in your landscape. Then there are the stones themselves in shades of grey and brown. Bring the outside in by using these same colors in your kitchen or sunroom.
Because these items are so familiar and we are exposed to them everyday, sometimes we don’t actually see them. I encourage you to stop and take some time to really take in your surroundings – appreciate what is right in front of you. Don’t overlook the obvious as a source for your color inspiration.
And of course if nothing jumps out at you, there is always the paint department at your local home improvement store!