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Decorating Using A Budget

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

With the declining economy, family households have had to tighten their belts and reduce their spending. Home decor is definitely one area of the budget that has been cut back. However, cutting back does not mean that all ideas of having a lovely abode are unrealistic. In fact, since many families are taking fewer vacations, it is more important that a home provides a haven or a retreat for daily stressors. Budget home decorating can be achieved by all.

You should try and make a lower budget because you don’t need to spend a bunch of money in order to make a room look nice. You should be more focused on whether you are creating a balance in the room and a nice feeling of harmony. Make sure that you get objects that will go together in what style you are hoping to create in the room. Don’t go with the usual, mix it up with some additions that are unique and show your personality.

If you have a few items that are expensive you should try and keep them together in your room. It’s just natural that if you place those less expensive items with the more expensive ones it may make the expensive items look cheaper. But you can be amazed at what you may find at the flea market or garage sales. You know the old saying, “Another person’s junk is another’s treasure”. Check these places out for some great buys. And even if you find some good buy for a small amount it doesn’t mean that it will look cheap.

As we all know, rules can be broken. This applies to home decorating as well. Inexpensive items can be paired with expensive items if fashioned correctly. Firstly, expensive and inexpensive can co-exist if there are simple lines. Since simple lines naturally appear luxurious, all items will be elevated to that level. Another way is to invoke a spirit of funkiness. The “gypsy” look is to combine a great piece of modern furniture with an antique vase. The contrast is stunning!

When you go shopping for the items you want to get to redecorate with you can save money. Flea markets or yard sales are fantastic places where you will be able to get some great bargains. Another person’s items that they are tired of may be the look you were hoping to put together in your home. Make sure that the pieces you buy will go not only with the style but the color of what you hoping to decorate in.

Also by buying area rugs you can add so much to a room, and it won’t cost you a bunch of money. You can find area rugs in so many colors, shapes and with designs that you will be able to find anything that can go with your new decor. There are several textures you can look into getting to; adding some nice texture to the room can finish off a look very nicely.

Shapes and sizes also are important consideration when purchasing an area rug. For example, it is important to have a large enough area rug underneath the dining room table. Otherwise, guests will be moving their chairs on and off the rug.

The economy isn’t the best and it’s hard for people to spend money on a project. But if you go about the steps the right way you will see that you can decorate and not spend much money.

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