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Decorating Your Home: 5 Style Tips that Cost Less than $50
By Julie Dana
Do you dream of adding style to your home but dont have a lot of money?
Dont despair! There are 5 things you can do that will help your house
look beautiful without spending much money.
1. Declutter your home.
Nothing zaps a great look like clutter. Look around you. Do you have paper
plies or mail stacks? Do you just add to your knickknack collection rather
than rotate your select favorites? When was the last time you saw the front
of your refrigerator? Simple solutions that cost very little money are to
invest in nice office trays, pretty bulletin boards and frames for your
childs artwork. Make the trash can handy to immediately toss unwanted
mail. Taking away the clutter will make your space appear larger and help
your treasured objects be emphasized rather than lost.
2. Make display surfaces pretty.
A key element in houses that are decorated by a professional rather than
want-to-be is the art of accessorizing. Flat surfaces such as mantels, bookcases,
and coffee tables are the perfect places to restyle for less. The one important
point here is to keep it simple. Bookcases should only be 2/3 full. A mantle
should not have mirror above it (a very dated look) choose artwork
instead. Place no more than three items on an end table cluster these
varied but related items together for more impact.
3. Paint to Impress.
Paint, as you know, makes the most dramatic change for the money. Be bold,
be daring and most importantly -- dont do white! Choose a complex color.
This simply means if you would use several different words to describe the
color than it is probably complex. For example; if you said it was a kinda
gold, straw, beige-y color than it is probably a complex color.
If you said just yellow - it probably is not a very inspiring
look. A beautiful color on the walls can make the room go from ordinary to
extraordinary in less than a day and usually for less than $50.
4. Make it personal
Decorating your house is a job but styling your home is fun. Personalization
is putting your interests, hobbies or values into your décor to really
make it your own. Buy simple read inexpensive - curtains at your local
big-box store and then buy exquisite wide ribbon to hot glue on the edge.
Use your grandsons first sneakers to tie back the den curtains. Use
some family photos but just promise not to use too many. A guest coming for
a visit may find all those staring eyes unnerving.
5. Change with the seasons.
You know the drill lighter brighter for spring/summer and darker richer
for fall/winter. This easy task of changing the fabric items around the home
can help you make it seasonal. Change out placements, bath towels, and accent
pillows. The final touch is to purchase a seasonal bouquet of flowers: fresh
or fake- these centerpieces can add punch to a room.
Decorate your home by spending time not money in decluttering, painting and
accessorizing. By following these simple tips, you can make a huge impact
by bringing your home from average to spectacular for very little money.
Julie Dana is a professional Interior Redesigner and Accredited Staging
Professional. Her company, The Home Stylist, offers online decorating
consultations, do-it-yourself decorating plans and real-estate staging. Visit
to take a fun style quiz, vote on a color poll, and sign up for free decorating