Inexpensive Spring Decorating

April 19, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

INEXPENSIVE SPRING DECORATING 

by Nicole Wexler 

After the customary spring-cleaning that goes on at this time of year, many of us feel like reflecting a new beginning, or at least, a change, in our homes.  This is the manifestation of the natural rhythm of emerging from the dark Winter months to throw open the blinds, let the light in and bring some of bursting color from nature indoors. After two years of recession, many of us can’t afford to do a complete home, or even room, make-over but the good news is that there are budget-friendly ways to freshen up an existing room arrangement. 

The best way to do this is to change out the less expensive décor accessories in a given room. In a recent lecture by Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute (as well as Director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and a color/design consultant to many industries), I learned that the large home goods manufacturing companies have been advised to retain the same color palette for their products over a successive number of seasons to enable people in a cash-strapped economy to simply add to their existing scheme. You don’t, therefore, necessarily have to change your whole color scheme, you can simply go for a fresher look by adding to or changing out some of the accessories in your existing scheme. 

The most cost-effective accessories to change are smaller items that have a large impact on the eye:  pillows, lamps, area rugs, vases, art on the walls. To bring Spring inside, leave behind the heavy colors of winter and go for fresh colors that pop against whatever background you have:  bright greens, corals and, of-course, the color of 2010:  turquoise. If you have the time, you can trawl thrift stores for almost-new bargains (thrift-store finds always amaze me!) – but for those of us with full-time jobs or a family, hours of shopping are not always an option and by far the easiest way to shop is online. Many stores offer free shipping for orders over a certain amount and in Spring there are tons of sales going on. 

For bedrooms, you don’t need to buy a completely new set of bedding or an expensive new comforter – instead, change the look of the room by bringing in new texture or pattern with pillows and a throw. Some great options can be found at www.TheCompanyStore.com (I like the Vista Matelassé Coverlet and matching shams available in no less than 9 Spring colors $24-$119; ), and Ikea – their duvet sets start at only $9.99! If you are able to spend a little more, Target have a great new collection of bedding called Bed by Conran – if you want to invest in a new duvet set, take a look at the Domino Duvet Set for a bold splash of color $99-$149.99.  Often overlooked as an affordable renovation are area rugs. You can insert a pop of color and texture quite inexpensively with Pier 1’s Medallion Hooked Cotton Rug now $44.96 (32″ x 56″) or the Company Store’s Mirage Rug $19-$59 (2×3’, 4×6’, and 2½x9’). 

In the living room, new sofa cushions, and some strategically-placed new accessories like vases or a lamp can liven things up considerably. You can’t update your cushions any more cost-effectively than from Ikea: their floral Spring cushions start at just $2.99 (there are many available for less than $10) and won’t cost you more than around $24.99.  And a store than never disappoints where inspiration is concerned, is www.Pier1.com – their extensive range of cushions will make you feel like Goldilocks, lured into nature by picking one wildflower after another, each more beautiful than the last… Cushions here are priced at between $20 and $40 – really very reasonable when you take into account their uniqueness and quality.  As far as accessories are concerned, consider putting away some of your existing things until next winter when you can bring them out again and have yourself a whole new make-over for free. Replace the things you put away with a few strategically-placed new items that make a big impact. For instance, Pier 1’s Blue Moulded Desk Frame (now less than $10), Amber Scroll Clock ($24.95), or the striking Red & Gold Ceramic Ball ($6) – display the latter alone or group a number of them together. For vases that double as decorative accents, once again Ikea’s price vs. design ratio cannot be beaten:  check out the brightly colored Somrig vases for only $1.99 (can be displayed alone or group different colors together) and, my personal favorite, the Salong vase trio ($4.99-$9.99).   

Dining areas are possibly the easiest to update with a new table cloth or placemats with matching napkins. Crate & Barrel have a simply awesome collection of fabulous placemats and napkins ranging from $3.95-$9.95 – or add some pizzazz to your table with their Sorrento Melamine Dinner Plates ($5.95 each). Another way to brighten up this part of your home is with wall décor. A quick DIY fix is to purchase blank canvases from a craft store and stretch the fabric of your choice over the frame (secure with a staple gun), or you can show www.Art.com for thousands of prints in many different styles and sizes (from as little as around $15).  If you want something a little more personal, have one of your own photographs printed onto a canvas at www.CanvasOnDemand.com. And if you have a little extra to splurge on one piece, take a look at Pier 1’s Multi-Flowers Wall Décor ($69.95). 

As a general tip, an existing piece of furniture, or your walls, can be updated at very little cost by adding decals. WallSlicks.com have an extensive range of removable, repositionable decals to suit all styles and budgets. And never forget the must-have accessory for Spring:  fresh flowers! 

Spring Decorating

Spring Decorating

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