Thursday, August 15, 2013

16 Tips for Decorating on a Budget

                                       Modern Living Room


Some people love decorating their homes. Others hate it.  If you love decorating your home there are tons of ways to decorate your home without getting a loan, charging up your credit card or breaking the bank.  You can decorate any room of your home but start with one room at a time. Starting with a small room is best because you can tweak ideas and see what works best. This will also help you to refine the decorating process so when you move to larger rooms the process will go smoother. 

You can liven up your home in less time and save money by using resourceful ideas. Your design ideas shouldn’t drain your bank account.  Create a design budget and stick to it.  Decorate your space in phases for larger design projects.


August is a great time to start getting organized.  Some people need help with organizing in many areas of the lives such as their office.  Sometimes we get so busy with work, family and friends we forget about or are too tired to maintain our household.  

Organizing helps you easily find things, helps you evaluate what you have and prevents you from buying duplicate items.  Being organized is a sign of hard work, discipline, dedication and attention to detail.  Here are 16 ways to achieve the design you want to help revive your home.  These tips will help you turn your home from drab to fab in an instant and save money.

  1. Categorize. Categorize your items either in alphabetical, numerical, color-coded.  Put smaller items at the bottom, larger or heavier items at the top of shelves.
  2. Space.   Efficiently utilize as much space as possible and leave extra space for future needs. Watch DIY shows to get ideas.
  3. Storage.  Use items you already have as storage (crates, cardboard boxes, storage bins, Ziploc bags, etc.) Buy convertible or storage containers or bins that can be hidden under your bed or on shelves. Footlockers can also be used for storage and as a min-table to place books and magazines. Throw a decorative cover on it to make it look appealing.
  4. Search. Visit estate sales, yard sales or flea markets to find great items to help you decorate.
  5. Shelves. Build shelves or buy wire racks to organize pantries and closets.
  6. Bins. Use plastic bins to store items.
  7. Boards. Use peg board or tack boards with hooks to hang items.
  8. Unused space. Use unused wall space in bedrooms, wash rooms, etc. for storage and hanging items.
  9. Stack. Stack equipment and use separators to keep air flowing between equipment that has vents.
  10. Walls. Use posters, pictures, postcards or fabric to decorate walls. Use removable hooks to hang items on the wall to prevent damaging the walls.
  11. Furniture and accessories.  Purchase compact furniture such as tables or chairs or furniture that is multifunctional from stores like Ikea.  Buy colorful or patterned throw rugs to cover the floors.
  12. Lighting. Buy a desk lamp or headboard light to use when working in your office or reading in bed. If the room lighting is too dim switch to fluorescent light bulbs. 
  13. Paint. Paint the walls using bright colors, patterns or neutral colors with accents to transform the room.
  14. Discount. Buy items from discount or thrift stores to save money.
  15. Windows. Purchase colorful drapes that can be hung with adhesive hooks from 3M to prevent damage to the walls.
  16. Organize your space. Orga­nize your space by using a hanging shoe rack that can also be used to store scarfs, belts, socks and other items. You can also use bins, shoe trees and stack storage boxes.

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