Saturday, September 1, 2012

Decorate Your Home on a Budget

You don’t need to spend a small fortune to have a home that you’re proud of. Having a home that’s perfect for a design magazine is possible with a little thought, and creativity. If you have a limited decorating budget help is here. Regardless of your style, it’s easy to add elegance or flair to your home’s décor. Below are some tips and ideas that will turn you into your own interior decorator and help improve your home’s interior design. More importantly, these ideas will help keep your bank account in the black.

When you’re starting to redecorate, remember to give yourself enough time to select the right materials and to complete the project(s). Start with developing a list of the areas in your home that need the most amount of attention and develop a timeline and budget. This will help to reduce your stress levels, workload and avoid unnecessary debt.
Accessories
Accessories go a long way in personalizing a space and make it memorable. Keep an eye out for unique artwork, vases, and throw rugs. Check out your local thrift store, garage sales, and retailers, see what inexpensive accessories are available, and repurpose them. Reuse existing items you already have – mason jars make great candle holders and silver platters make great centerpieces.
Artwork
Artwork defines and demonstrates your design style. Be creative and try your hand at painting then proudly display your artwork. Frame pieces of wallpaper, kid’s artwork, a collage of family photo’s – whatever supplies you have laying around. Most of all, be inventive.
Paint
Painting is the fastest and easiest way to change the look and feel of any room or space. If time is a factor then instead of repainting the entire room, paint one wall and make it an accent wall to give your room some depth. A few tips when selecting paint: for areas of your home that are high-traffic, use a high-gloss paint because they provide a tough, washable finish that is also resistant to water and grease. These types of paint are great on kitchen walls, kitchen cabinets, bathroom walls, banisters, trim, furniture, and windowsills. When selecting a paint color, look at it in natural and artificial light – they will influence how the color will look when applied.

Lighting
Lighting is often an overlooked way to transform a space. It can help create the right mood One way to change your lighting is by adding dimmer switches. They let you control the amount of light and help to create a relaxing mood. Another suggestion is to rearrange your floor lamps – this is great for turning a cold room into a warm, comfortable space. And don’t forget about updating existing lamps – spray paint them or add a new lampshade for a completely new look.

Fabrics
Fabrics add color, texture, patterns, and contrast to boring spaces. You’re only limited by your imagination. Save money by sewing your own pillows, bedding, and window treatments. Use what fabrics you already have in your home such as old clothes, linens, napkins, dresses. Simply mix and match to these items to create a unique and stylish look.
Furniture
Making your own slipcovers is a great and cost effective way to update your room’s style without the need to replace any furniture. All that’s required is imagination, some fabric and the ability to sew. If you want to change your room’s furniture then visit your local thrift store and give a second hand piece of furniture a new home. Add some paint, fabric and hardware to give it a new look and feel. You can also make your own furniture by recycling old pieces of wood and make your own original furniture piece(s).

Thank you to Hayley for allowing me to contribute this article! Jeremy works as a Community Coordinator at EasyApplianceParts. They are an online resource committed helping homeowners with every step of a repair and retailer of appliance replacement parts.
 

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