Simple decorating is all about getting a big impact for the least amount of work. And what better way to achieve this than by finding affordable solutions to common decorating problems? The following ideas will change a room completely by giving it harmony, beauty and light. And you can start and finish each project in a day.
Replacing old furniture is costly. Even reupholstering is expensive. But slipcovers offer you a cheap and easy way to dress up old furniture. Consider mixing mismatched furniture based on its shape rather than fabric. Then look for cheap slipcover deals online, especially at closeout websites. Complete this super-simple budget decorating idea by finding decorative pillows that look custom made to match your slipcovers.
While 1-inch plastic blinds grant you privacy, they are hardly decorative. Dress up your windows with cheap sheer fabric from a fabric store. Simply measure the length of your windows, then add 10 inches to the height. Hem the fabric with no-sew hemming tape. Make the top hem wide enough to slip a curtain pole through. Complete this super-simple budget decorating idea by tying a huge knot at the center of your sheer curtains in place of tie-backs.
Repainting an entire room is time consuming and costly. But you can breathe fresh life into a room with a little, local mural decor. At craft stores you'll find beautiful stencils with patterns of curlicues or vines. Spray paint the pattern at the center of your wall all around the room to create an elegant chair-rail pattern. Or enhance this super-simple budget decorating idea by creating wall patterns around mirrors and paintings.
Dress Up Bare Chandeliers
Cheap chandeliers don't have to look bare and disappointing. Dress up each arm of the chandelier with small chandelier lampshades. Buy the cheapest shades you can find, then decorate the shades yourself with a beaded tassel fringe (found at craft stores). Use this super-simple budget decorating idea to affect the ambiance of your room. Choose lighter lampshades for a brighter atmosphere, or darker ones for glamour.
Ornament Old Decorative Pillows
Decorative pillows add a splash of color to every room. Instead of buying expensive new ones, revamp your old pillows (or cheap new ones) with a little imagination. At a craft store buy a tassel fringe and sew it around your pillows. Decorate the center of the pillows with iron-on embroidery patches. Or sew glass beads in clusters at pillow corners to add sparkle and elegance.
Create the Illusion of Space and Light
With mirrors you can double the apparent size of a room. Look for cheap closet mirrors that come without a frame. Then use molding to build a custom frame yourself. Look for door casing at the lumber section of your home improvement store. Matching the dimensions of your mirror, cut the casing at 45 degree angles to create metered corners. Glue the frame over the mirror, then hang your decorative mirror opposite a window to double the light and visual space in the room.
Implement these super-simple budget decorating ideas throughout your home, and your living space will suddenly feel cozy and inviting; while your bank account will remain undamaged.
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