Go Green to Get an Affordable “Decorator” Look

by GraceAnn Simoni

Today we are joined by Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, a Redesign Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. From time to time, GraceAnn will be sharing budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories.

“Green” design and decorating goes way beyond just purchasing the new products on the market.


Each of us has the ability to apply “green” decorating initiatives in our homes simply by using what we already own. Keep in mind that we all have things in our homes for a reason: It is what we can afford at the time; handed down treasures; or a new piece that we like but cannot seem to place correctly.

It’s all there ready to be transformed. Simply by thinking out of the box, you can move things around for other possibilities right under your roof. For example:

One of the simplest projects that can make the largest impact is improved wall art arrangement. Remove all the wall art from your first floor rooms; line it up in a safe place to view together, like a hallway, being careful to not let it slide on the floor. Now take a good look at every piece, and then start with the room you use most and bring in your favorite pieces to that room.

Why hide your favorite pieces in a seldom-used room?

If the piece was originally in that room, try moving it to a different wall or try lowering it on the original wall to make it more visible while seated. Perhaps lean it on the mantle rather than hang it over the mantle. Place it on a floor easel rather than hanging on the wall. Explore new possibilities.


Follow the same procedure with each piece. If you have smaller pieces, experiment grouping them together to form a more substantial art collection. If you have lots of smaller photos and accessories, look at the possibility of installing ledge shelves so that you can display the art without making many holes in the wall. This way, pieces can be easily switched out and updated, or rotated seasonally.



You can also do the same thing with accessories. Several years ago I decided not to place my Christmas decorations in their traditional locations. It was quite a challenge since all my careful organizing of the previous year went out the window; the box labeled “family room” was no longer going to be used in the family room. Except the Christmas tree, everything else went to a new home and I was amazed at the renewed look of my old decorations. Not one new purchase was made and yet the feeling of the décor was refreshed with new life. Give it a try for the next holiday.

grace-ann-simoni-redesignerIf you really want a dramatic new look, try redesigning by rearranging your furnishings. Move that sofa off the wall and switch out chairs from other rooms to get out of the rut. Just because it has always been there does not mean it should stay there. This will not only add to the look of a room, but I believe it also changes the energy and feel of a room.

Grace AnnSimoni of Yours Redesigned Naperville, IL, is a Redesign Specialist and Instructor, and a member of Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (I.R.I.S.). If you need help getting the The Home You Want With the House You Have™ visit www.yoursredesigned.com.

Have you had success with rearranging your art, accessories or furniture? Please share….

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