7 Budget Tips for Dabbling in a Color Trend

Ringing in the New Year with a New Color!

New colors come into fashion with every season change.  Keeping up with color trends is a great way to help a home decorated on a budget look fresh and current.  Before jumping in, consider these tips to help keep you in style yet on track with your budget decorating goals.

  1. One surefire way to incorporate new colors each season into your home is to have the major furnishings and walls in a neutral palette.  This will allow you to bring in new colors without clashing.
  2. Make sure that when you use the latest color in your home, it works with your other items.  A well color coordinated room can make even the shabbiest of interiors look expensive.
  3. Do not feel like you absolutely have to use the latest and greatest color in your home.  Just because a color is in style, does not mean that you must like it or use it.
  4. Think very carefully about investing money into a piece of furniture or other large item in the latest and greatest color.  You don’t want to be stuck with a sofa for 20 years date stamped spring of 2012.
  5. Think small and cheap.  For example, an inexpensive lacquered bowl in a fresh color brings the trend into your home for a small monetary commitment.  A single throw pillow in the season’s hot color is another budget friendly way to dabble in a new color.
  6. Consider painting a small table or other furniture item in a new hue.  A quart of paint is very inexpensive; the only real investment with this option is your time.
  7. Think practicality when purchasing something simply to partake in a trend.  You might consider purchasing an item for your Kitchen such a set of plastic tumblers or coffee mugs.  This small purchase will give a taste of the color you crave with the ability to store the items in a cabinet once trend has passed.

Remember these seven tips the next time you see those great new colors.  If possible, bring new colors into your home regularly for a true designer look.  Just remember that you can participate in a color trend without sacrificing your decorating budget.

Small Items That Pack a Big Punch

 Who says good things don’t come in small packages?   Sometimes a small item can add a lot of style impact to your home.   Small items can be great looking and budget friendly; in fact, some of these items are even free.  Check out these undersized items that deliver big decorating impact.

Produce:  Yes, you read correctly, produceDisplay colorful, fresh fruit or vegetables in a bowl in the Kitchen or Dining Room.  When used as an edible accessory, produce adds color and a delicate smell to your home and is great for your waistline.  Some varieties to try include pears, apples, lemons, limes, pomegranates, artichokes, and eggplants.

A Tassel:  Use tassels in unexpected ways.  Add a single tassel to the end of a pull cord on a ceiling fan or light fixture for a touch of color and instant sophistication.  Tassels can also be hung over a knob on a dresser or armoire to freshen the look of an existing piece of furniture.

Three Way Light Bulbs:  Replace a standard light bulb with a three way light bulb in a lamp that accommodates such a bulb.   The smallest wattage can be used for soft lighting to create instant ambiance.  The highest setting can be used for task lighting and reading. 

Throw Pillows:  Use throw pillows as a small yet effective way to add color, pattern and texture.  Adding a throw pillow in the season’s hot color, this spring the color is yellow, instantly updates a room.

Door Mat:  A new doormat welcomes guests to your home.  Rather than the basic green or tan color mat, look for a brightly painted mat to add color and warmth to your entrance.  First impressions last, so make yours representative of the details inside your home.

New Cabinet Knobs:  Replace your old cabinet knobs for a quick and effective transformation.  New knobs can transform the look of Kitchen cabinets from old to new.  A modern knob on older cabinets can result in an instantaneous updated look. 

Lamp Shade:  A tired looking lamp becomes new again with a fresh shade.   Seek to change both the shape and color of the old shade, and you will feel like you purchased a new lamp.  Bring your lamp base to the shade store for the most successful results. 

Fresh Flowers:  Flowers add color and smell to your home and help to brighten just about any room.  Pick flowers from your garden or purchase stems from growers at local farmer’s markets for a fresh and budget friendly alternative.

Hand Towels:  Perk up a Kitchen or Powder Room with hand towels.  These objects of necessity can do much more than simply dry your hands.  For just a few dollars, colored or patterned hand towels add a bit of interest in these utilitarian spaces. 

Paint:  One gallon of a new paint color can dramatically change the look of a small room or piece of furniture.  Drab walls can instantaneously change to stunning and a piece of furniture can be given a whole new personality with paint color.

Child’s Artwork:  Nothing adds character and color to home like a picture made by your favorite child.  Simple artwork can be transformed to look like a masterpiece when placed in inexpensive frame.  You can even commission your child to color a picture for you to fill a specific place on your wall or add a needed touch of color in a room.  

These ideas are simple and inexpensive.  Go ahead and give one a try, you will be impressed with how big of an impact the addition of one small decorative item can have in your home.