10 Budget-friendly Ways to Make the Most of Your Decorating Dollar

10 Budget-friendly Ways to Make the Most of Your Decorating Dollar

1. Lighting creates a mood. The look of a room can go from restful to romantic just by changing to lower-wattage bulbs.

2. Remnant fabric tables. Fabric stores have tables with remnants that are great for recovering pillows, adding to draperies, recovering lampshades and all kinds of other projects around the house. They are bargain priced for the same quality fabric.

3. Greenery adds life. You’ll feel more alive when you have plants in any room. They not only look great but they also help purify the air. Plants also last longer than flowers. If you take a single leaf and add it to a tall vase, it makes a dramatic design statement as well. Herbs are also a great selection for a multi-purpose green effect in your kitchen.

4. Make floors a focus. Floors need your attention as much as walls. Wood floors can be sanded and stained. Tile can be a replacement for old linoleum or carpet. If your budget won’t allow for such or you need a quick fix, use a floor rug. The selections for these are endless. Your room will look more put together and everything will stand out better by decorating the floors along with the rest of the room.

5. Storage solutions. Take advantage of horizontal space or unseen space for storage in small places. Bookshelves can go all the way to the ceiling. Trunks can be used as coffee tables or end tables. Space underneath your bed can be filled with out-of-season clothing in small containers on wheels. Use your imagination!

6. Fabric can tie a room together. By combining patterns, styles and different textures of fabric, your room will look more cohesive. Use the same fabric for throw pillows on the couch as well as cushions on a hearth and you’ll create a custom look.

7. Add depth and dimension to walls. Fake architectural detail can be created in a variety of ways. Using molding is one option. Another option is to tape vertical or horizontal lines to create the illusion of space. Try painting a block of color on a wall and hanging your favorite picture in it. Or paint smaller ones and hang your sconces on either side of the fireplace. Now you’ve created more interest in those details. Use molding to make a box and place a cherished piece of pottery inside. You’ll be amazed at how much emphasis will be brought to these items while filling in your walls.

8. Purchase substantial, timeless furniture pieces. Once you’ve invested in major furniture purchases that can be used with any type of décor, it will be easy to change your style as time goes on. Don’t buy the whole living room suite off the show room floor. Mix and match for more interest and greater diversity.

9. Don’t throw it away: Refurbish. Before you get rid of something, consider simple fixes. There are inexpensive solutions to salvage almost anything. Breathe new life into leather furniture by rubbing a little olive oil on it. Use a scratch cover product to get rid of dings on wood pieces. Recover dining room chairs with new fabric. Use a sliced almond to get rid of scratches on your wood floor. Also think of ways to repurpose items. A hand-me-down wood dining room table can make a great desk. The possibilities are endless!

10. Go bargain shopping. Estate, moving and garage sales are a great source to turn someone else’s trash into your treasure! Great deals for every room in your home are right at your fingertips via the internet. You can go to surplus sites, auction sites and store catalog sites and shop to your heart’s content for bargains without spending a dime on gas!

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This post was written by kimh55 on September 1, 2008

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