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Thrifty Tips For Decorating


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Everyone loves the idea of redecorating their home and making it into a beautiful place to live, but not all of us have an unlimited budget to do it with. Never fear, there are some ways you can give your home a whole new look without breaking the bank.

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that a little paint can go a long way. Start with the walls of the room. Could they use a new coat? Instead of the same color they are now, what could you do to them to give them a look that is more of what you would like to create? It doesn't cost a lot to get a gallon or two of paint and a little paint can have a major impact. This is also true for furniture in your home. A little paint can make an old piece look new again.

In this day and age where everyone wants to be a little more eco friendly, you can go green and keep more green in your wallet by reusing items that are already at work in your home. Look around your home and see what you already have that can help you get the look you want. It's not uncommon for there to be a piece of furniture you've tucked away that could be perfect in a new space.

It's time to do some cleaning. Most homes have a lot more than they need in them. Its time to get rid of the things you don't need and clean up that clutter. You will be amazed at how much better your house looks once you do.

Take a look at your windows. Could they use a little lightening up or just something more attractive to decorate them? The right window dressing can change the entire feel of a room.

It only takes one or two pieces of wall art to completely change the look of the room. If you already have pieces that represent the vision of this room make sure they are prominently displayed and that the rest of the room is designed around them.

The right fixtures can show your home in a whole new light. You need take an inventory of the lighting fixtures you have in the room you are redecorating. Are there some areas that are not getting enough light? The addition of a simple floor lamp, table lamp or one row of tract lighting may make a huge difference in the look of your home.

Once you decide you are ready to add a few new things to a room in your home, see if there is a way to avoid paying full price. Many people donate items they no longer need to thrift stores, or try to sell them in consignment stores. Often these are great items, in perfect shape; they just need a new home. Additionally, you may be able to pick them up for just a few pennies on the dollar compared to what they would cost new.

Tom Matherson discusses a range of handy tips to transform any home including these countryside themes as artwork for cottage homes.


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