Ten Ways to Save a Decorating Budget

Ten Ways to Save a Decorating Budget

1. Use what you already own. Everyone has favorite pieces they’ve collected over the years. Inexpensive decorating starts by refurbishing existing pieces.

2. Any piece of furniture can be transformed. By simply sanding down older pieces of furniture and putting a primer on them before painting them, you can change the whole look of the piece. Look at a piece you’re tired of or one you have your eye on at a garage sale in a whole new light. You’ll be surprised at the end results!

3. Shop classified ads, catalogs and online. With the convenience of the internet today, just about anything can be found sitting at your desk. There’s no gasoline expenditures so that’s even an added bonus! People moving that just want to get rid of things can offer great deals. Catalogs often offer free shipping or clearance prices. Online auction sites or closeout sites are also a great way to save money.

4. Sew what? Just about anything you can imagine! If you don’t know how to sew, it might be worth it for you to learn. If you have absolutely no interest in that, maybe you can trade out skills with someone who does know how to you’re your options are endless due to the vast array of fabrics available. Drapery, bedding and pillows can be expensive. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save making them yourself.

5. Choosing paint colors. Some people always want to feel “safe” in their color choices. But if you go out of your comfort zone and choose a color that is one shade darker or bolder than what you’d usually pick, you will probably be pleasantly surprised! After all, it’s just paint. You can always redo it if you don’t like it.

6. Multi purpose furniture. There are a multitude of ideas for furniture pieces that can take on multiple roles out there. You can find square coffee tables that have 4 small ottomans underneath for extra seating. There are ottomans that double as coffee tables that also flip open for extra storage. One option is a combination end table/magazine rack/lamp available at one of the larger retail stores. All of these are great ideas for saving space.

7. Pulling furniture off the wall. If you have the space to do this, you can add more interest and divide use of space more efficiently. Placing a sofa table behind a sofa with a lamp on it will not only provide more lighting in the room but also give the people on the sofa a place to put their drinks if there’s no room for a coffee table.

8. Don’t be matchy-matchy. Mixing pieces creates more interest and is a lot more fun than buying a matching living room or bedroom set. This way, you can use pieces you already have, use grandma’s vintage coffee table and save money. One-stop shopping is tempting, but to personalize your space, it’s best to mix and match pieces.

9. Creating illusions with draperies. If you hang your drapery panels wider and higher than the actual dimensions of the window, you will make your room feel larger and more grand by creating the illusion of a bigger window. You can also make two smaller windows feel like one large one by hanging a panel in between the two windows.

10. Keep your walls and furniture neutral. This is the most economical way to change your look on a regular basis. Decorating styles are like fashion. They will change over the years. You can bet that the room you’ve worked so hard to make perfect will be outdated in about 5 years. So to keep up with the times, keeping your walls and furniture a neutral color is the best route to go. You can change out your punches of color with pillows, candles, artwork and accessories Whites, grays, blacks and beiges are the good standards to consider.

Posted under Design Remix

This post was written by kimh55 on September 1, 2008

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