Even though decorating is always fun, smartening up your surroundings while saving money is even better. Seasonal decoration without spending a fortune is easier than you think. Here are some tips that will help you adapt your decor to the season, at little cost.
Painting the walls is definitely the most efficient way to transform a room, but this type of renovation can sometimes be tricky and expensive. Fortunately, many neutral colours can combine easily with the colours already present in your home. Here are a few:
Luminous greys, such as Ricochet #5215-1, enhance adjacent colours.
Warm greyish whites, such as Beluga #5097, blend well with any bright or faded colour.
Creamy and velvety whites, such as Monumental White #4198-1, highlight the pigmentation of other colours.
These all-purpose colours work well with others and are bright enough to add colour to any decor.
Drawing inspiration from peacock feathers is a great way to create a vibrant and stylish ambience during the winter season, especially with cobalt blues and emerald greens. Antique-looking metals will give your room a feeling of comfortable calm and warmth, ideal for the cold season.
Ambient lighting: luminosity is a proven way to help maintain morale during long winter months. Furthermore, ambient lighting is often inexpensive and considered a trendy accessory.
A shag carpet is a great investment because it will keep your feet warm. Beige, white or black, you can place it in the living room during the winter and in the bedroom during the summer. A rotation of your vases, frames and mirrors around the home can also be a successful, quick way to adapt the decoration of your home to the season.
Here are some colourful suggestions:
1292-3 Auvergne Volcano
4054-2 Bleached Wood
2213-3 Pool Table
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Spring is the season for tidying up and for new beginnings. Streamline your decoration as much as possible to allow the air to circulate. You can do this easily by adding fresh flowers, such as orchids, tulips or gerberas; the perfume of natural flowers will purify the air and get rid of the dust collected during winter.
Soft and warm colours, such as pinks, whites, greyish browns and golds mix beautifully with base colours and sharpen the senses. Use them sparingly with small vases or decorative cushions. Success is achieved when the effect is light and soft.
5036-3 Hollywood Dream
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Summer is the season when we spend the least time inside. Accessories should therefore blend with the decoration from previous seasons, hence a smaller investment.
Yellow works well with all the other colours of the spectrum. You can combine it with the cobalt blue of winter or, for a burst of freshness, with the pinks of spring and it will also wake up the natural beiges and greys of autumn. Yellow represents cheerfulness and energy; a light touch to your accessories will give rhythm to the room. A few vases, cushions or windows decorated with colourful curtains will brighten up the ambience of the room.
1114-4 Proud Yellow
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Autumn’s cooler weather triggers a need for a cocoon-like and warm atmosphere. During this period, beaten metals, coppers as well as chrome-plated items are easy to find and are the perfect solution to make any decor more luminous.
Lightweight felt cushions and natural wool throws ease the transition to winter’s more dramatic decoration. Earthy and natural colours help phase in more muted tones.
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There is no need to change the whole look every season; the secret lies in the introduction of novel accessories to update your current decoration.
Add a touch of colour with a bowl of citrus fruits on a table or flowers in a vase. Multicoloured throws can also span many seasons. Accented colours should only represent 10% of the colours in your room.
Decorative accessories that are not too expensive can easily be reutilized the following year. If you choose neutral base colours, come the next season, you will be able to adapt your decoration at minimal cost.
Marie-Claude Brousseau, Designer, RONA by Design