Design Ideas

Tips for decorating your home for less

When it comes to decorating, sometimes you have to prioritize. For example, while budgeting for your redecorating project, you want to make sure to set aside money so you can have both gorgeous travertine tiles in your kitchen and bathroom, as well as stunning stone pavers leading up to your door and travertine pavers in your backyard to create a luxurious walkway. You also need to have enough money to purchase a top-quality couch and other furniture items, since you want these things to be comfortable and last a long time.

Once you’ve gotten all of the high-quality items that your home needs to make it look its best, you may not have a lot of funds left to complete your decorating project. Luckily, there are many wonderful ways you can make some decorating changes to your home for less.

Make your own headboard
HGTV explained that one great way to make a major difference in your bedroom for less money is to make your own headboard. These make great statement pieces, and they can be made with a number of different materials. HGTV recommended making one with hardwood with wrought-iron inlays, illuminated acrylic and fabric panels.

Get multifunctional items
This is a great idea whether you’re on a budget or merely have a smaller space to work with. Getting an ottoman that can double as a coffee table or a sleek futon that can be both a couch and a guest bed can get you more out of these items for less.

Learn to paint
Country Living magazine explained that one of the simplest ways to save money on your decorating project is to transform old pieces into something new. Check out your local antique store for old wooden chairs and tables that could be sanded and repainted to turn them into new works of art.

Use things you already have
You don’t always have to purchase new items to give your home a whole new look – sometimes all you have to do is look at what you have with a new eye. For example, if you have old family photos lying around in a scrapbook, you should take them out, place them in frames and hang them in an interesting way along your walls. Better Homes and Gardens magazine also recommended that you take a good look at your cabinet doors and determine if they’re worth displaying. If not, consider removing them. This can open up your kitchen and give it some added character.

Create dividers
Bookcases can work as inexpensive dividers to make it seem like one room is really two separate spaces. Remember, you don’t have to put books on bookcases – you can place family photos and collectable items such as vases or other types of pottery on the shelves. Along with bookcases, you can use traditional Japanese Shoji screens to divide a room. These are often inexpensive, so you can buy a few and switch them out when you feel like a change.

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