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Redecorate on a Budget
Dreaming of redecorating? We're sure your heart says yes, but unfortunately it might be the case that your wallet says no, ma'am. Sigh. Rather than focusing on what you can’t do, turn your attention to all the ways you can redecorate without spending a lot of money. We promise: it's possible. Read on to find out how.
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Conduct a no-cost room design
This approach will not cost you a penny and still give the room a facelift. All it takes is some time and effort on your part.
Your first task is to take everything out of the room that isn’t nailed down. That includes area rugs and wall art. When everything is out of the space, clean the walls and floors. This provides you with a blank space that looks and feels fresh.
Look around the house for elements that you can use in the room redesign. Don’t be afraid to break up sets in order to add some life to the room. For example, you may have an overstuffed chair in the bedroom that would look great in your new living room. The only problem is that there would be no room for the loveseat.
Haul that chair down to the living room and move the sofa back in to create a nice conversation area. You’ll find another place for the loveseat later.
Continue the process by pulling other accents from different areas around the home. Maybe it’s time to dust off those table lamps in the attic and use them for awhile. Some of the artwork that has been in the back of the closet can now see the light of day. You may even want to switch out the area rug you had in the living room for the one in the dining room.
Paint the walls
One of the most inexpensive ways to add life to a room is to change the wall color, or at least accent it in some way. If you really like the color but would like to add some detail, consider using a stencil to create a border. That border can be near the ceiling and help to pull the eye upward, or you can position it at the same height you would use for a chair rail.
For people who really want to try something to add texture, consider rag painting. Choose a color that will work with the wall color you already have. Knot an old shirt or other rag and dip it in the new paint. Use the rag to create interesting swirls and other designs on the walls. This takes a fraction of the time needed to apply a coat with a roller, and adds visual interest to the walls.
Buy some discount sheets
Check with a local discount store and see what they have in the way of flat sheets on sale. You can use those sheets to create new window treatments, cloths for a dining table, or even to dress an accent wall in the home. To keep it simple, invest in clip-on shower curtain rings that you can use to mount the sheets on a simple rod.
Hit the yard sales
Accessories add a lot to a room. If you don’t have some things tucked way, go to a few yard sales. You can pick up interesting decorating accents like books, silk greenery, framed art, and even something unusual to add some kick to the space. For example, if you come across an old decorative screen door at a cheap price, take it home and spray paint it to match the color scheme. You’ll have new piece of wall art for next to nothing.
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