When it comes to decorating one’s home, it isn’t about how much money you spend, but about creating an appealing environment that reflects your personality and how you live. While heading to the nearest boutique or big box store can be a thrill, before you pull out that credit card, consider the more economical approach of shopping your house.
Shopping your house not only saves money, but can be an opportunity to refresh and renew items you already own. To create a repurposed design solution for your home, edit out all of the unnecessary items, such as excess furniture, clothing, books and other items.
There is an art to choosing the right pieces for your home. Good design isn’t just about buying a bunch of furniture and tossing it into a room. Before you begin to shop your house, create a floor plan. This invaluable planning tool will serve as your design road map.
Shop your house for primary pieces such as sofas and beds, knowing that about a third of your redesign budget may be needed to purchase affordable accessories. Accessories such as toss pillows, vases and throws add a finishing touch to a space.
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You’ll need to create your color palette, ideally with at least three colors. Look to create balance, using 60 percent of a primary color, 30 percent of a secondary color and 10 percent of an accent color. After selecting furniture and accessories that relate to this ideal color mix, use a technique called color mapping, which makes a room feel more cohesive by repeating or mapping a particular color or colors throughout various parts of a space.
To successfully shop your house, here’s my design recipe:
▪ Pack away all unnecessary furniture and accessories.
▪ Create a floor plan.
▪ Shop the house for your large items first.
▪ Select pieces that coordinate, but do not necessarily “match.”
▪ Fill in rooms with art and accessories.
▪ Incorporate color.
▪ Step back and evaluate.
▪ Edit if necessary.
Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and interior design and home staging expert. Contact her at www.cathyhobbs.com.