starting slow, building style.
this post in partnership with state farm.
you know how When you’re just starting out decorating for the first time and you’re feeling a little cautious? maybe you’ve got boring budgets to contend with, or perhaps you’re in a rental so you don’t want to go too drastic, right? i think that’s quite alright — it’s sometimes wise to take things slowly, adding elements to our homes over time, rather than all at once. This process insures you make far fewer decorating faux pas, and get it just right, rather than wasting your budget with snap decisions. It can also be much more gratifying and fun to go slowly as you decorate, revising plans and tweaking your ideas as your awareness for your design aesthetic becomes more clear. you kind of grow into your space, or maybe you even move into your first owned-home and the design process can often be as fun as the outcome!
i thought since i’ll be leaving this home soon and moving into my new apartment i’d remind you what i did around here to give my bedroom a bit more style — some easy and inexpensive projects that you can do to completely change the look of a room without spending a ton of cash. and, they’re decorating ideas that are easy fixes — insuring that if you grow tired of them, or decide you want a change it’s no big deal. things like paint for instance are always an easy fix. i think i’ve painted my dining room three times since i moved here, so while the room may be shrinking (ha!) the mood change was always a pretty easy transition.
a few easy and inexpensive fixes:
• the dresser: i found it for $25 on craiglist. it was a beat up wood piece, so i gave it a coat of glossy black paint. a very small investment for a quart of paint and a little elbow grease.
• the gold gilded mirror: i found that at a fixture sale at urban outfitters. $20!!
• the bedroom wall: i painted the wall behind my bed with benjamin moore’s gravel gray. it gave the room drama and created a much more sophisticated look. again, 1 gallon of paint, about $40.
• the gold sconces: discovered at the flea market for $15! i love the way they look against the charcoal gray wall.
• the bedding: probably my biggest investment — some dwellstudio chinoiserie bedding that’s super comfy, great quality and makes a huge design impact. well worth it!
• an ikea cowhide rug: super affordable.
so it’s exciting to finally take some chances with your design plans as you get more comfortable with your taste — after all the hard work you put in to accomplish your goals around renting or owning your home, it’s time to start to have a little fun with your decorating — and without spending a ton of money.