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Affordable Home Decorating Makes for a Comfortable Mix
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By: Barbara Mabey Email Article
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Affordable home decorating allows for a creative mix of old with the new. Staying with the basics and a little imagination and you can have a stylish home on a budget.

  • Work Your Plan

  • Classic furniture and accessories are often copied because good design will always stay current. Mix in well designed but inexpensive copies of an expensive item with antiques and better quality pieces for effective and affordable home decorating.

    Wicker furniture is an excellent example of good design, that is actually borrowed from the past, giving a new home character.

    Wicker and rattan are stylish, lightweight and practical and can be mixed in any room. A wicker trunk can be a coffee table, an end table, at the foot of a bed or in the mud room. And the best part? Hidden storage.

    If you don't have a lot of furniture, move what you do have away from the walls. This will create a more intimate room arrangement. One large and impressive piece is better than several small pieces, and will make the room appear larger and less crowded.

    Affordable home decorating allows for negative space in the design of an interior, so edit your belongings if your room is crowded.

  • The 3 Rís: Recondition, Reuse, and Recycle

  • Recycle older pieces and use in a new and different manner than the way it was originally intended.

    Reuse furniture. The drawers and doors of a piece can be outfitted for modern application, like turning a dining room buffet into a media center.

    If a piece of furniture has nice lines and good bones, but is badly scratched or the finish is bad, it can be stripped and reconditioned, or altered with paint or even fabric, and it saves the piece from the landfill.

    Visit estate auctions, yard sales and flea markets for undiscovered treasures. Thrift stores and consignment shops are becoming more stylish and fun to peruse. You never know what you might find. Keep it in the community by visiting the stores in the neighborhood.

    Remember too, the good will and the salvation army stores.

  • Color Your World

  • Changing the color of your rooms with paint is the most affordable home decorating "secret" and cost effective way to achieve a dramatic difference in the look of any space.

    Consider doing the painting yourself with paint that is low in volatile organic compounds. (VOCís)

    If your room is sparsely furnished, color will add visual interest. Divide a wall horizontally with two colors to give the illusion of a chair rail.

    Painting doesn't have to end with the walls. Paint the floor either solid or in a pattern to create drama to the room.

    Do you like the look of wall paper but not ready for the expense or commitment? Stencils are an affordable home decorating detail of an ornate wall covering.

    Black used as an accent will ground a room and bring out the best in other colors.

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    Barbara is a home furnishing professional and interior decorator. Please visit for more decorating on a budget ideas.

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