For an Upscale Look!
Having a more expensive appearance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can use these cheap decorating ideas for an upscale look in your home, and no one else needs to know how much it cost, or didn’t cost! In fact, there are many free decorating ideas you can use to give your home or apartment a fresh new upscale look and they won’t cost you a dime.
Give It Some Color
One of the least expensive ways to make a huge impact on your home is to redecorate with color. Take a look at the color palette you’re seeing in the stores and look for ways you can add a pop of that color to your existing decor by just changing out a few items to achieve maximum impact at a minimal price. You could buy a new rug, a throw, and a few toss pillows in vibrant new colors, move some of the accessories in your home into different rooms, and achieve an entirely new look – without having to replace any furniture at all.
When faced with an ugly couch or one that’s seen better days it’s easy to envy other people’s new furniture. But you can revamp your existing furniture for a fraction of the cost of buying new (or even used) by either recovering your couches and chairs in new fabric or using a slipcover. Likewise, instead of purchasing new throw pillows, you could purchase a few yards of exciting new fabric and simply recover them. Make a new pillowcase and put the old pillows right inside and stitch them shut. They’ll look new! Remember; you don’t have to tell others your secrets or your (ahem) cheap decorating ideas!.
Paint, Paint, and More Paint
Paint is a huge bargain when it comes to cheap decorating ideas. You can change the entire mood or feel of a room with a single gallon of paint. There’s no need to paint the entire room if you don’t want to. Consider painting a single wall to be a focal point or masking off the room at aboutchair rail height and just painting the upper or lower half of the wall. Tack up an
inexpensive rail around the room to cover the meeting of the paint if you wish, or add geographic shapes in bold, vibrant colors as wall art. Polka dots are really in vogue right now (believe it or not), so you could paint circles of varying sizes in a bold color on a single wall and really add some pizzazz!
Paint is probably the cheapest of the cheap decorating ideas and a great way to revitalize old wooden furniture. If you don’t want to strip it down and refinish it, add a coat of paint. You can use a solid coat of green paint for a uniform look or put it on with a “whitewash” or depressed technique to give it a “shabby chic” look. Search online shabby chic using the Bing Custom Search box located right -> for stacks of great cheap decorating ideas and information on unique ways to express your personality in your home.
Turn Junk into Art
Have you seen the junk art that is in style today? Rusty old shovels, spare bolts, mufflers, and other odd shaped metal pieces can be welded together to create all kinds of art forms. Some look like people, or a cat playing a fiddle, or an angel. Others are just random free-form modern art. If you have an old junk heap you can access (wear gloves), modern art ideas are only a thought away.
Gather your courage, get out there and rent some welding gear. Weld some pieces yourself to create wall art or sculptures (youcan screw stuff together too, you know), or call a few welding shops and get some quotes. You’d be surprised at what you can get for less than $50.
Going through junk is where lots of great art and cheap decorating ideas come from. And consider perusing local building salvage yards if your town’s large enough to have one or two. Search building salvage your town or building materials used your town (ex: building salvage dallas tx) using the Bing Search Box right.
Add Fresh Plants
Decorating with indoor plants and flowers meshes perfectly with these other cheap decorating ideas. Did you know that every year gardeners prune flowers and other plants from their landscaping and their gardens because some plants simply become too invasive and begin to take over? Most would be only too happy to find a new home for some of their spare greens. Check with an avid gardener you know and
see if she needs to thin out some of her flowers or plants and then use them to create a flowering window box or put some potted plants in your home. They’re eco-friendly, and they don’t have to cost you a cent. Here’s a really, really cheap decorating idea. You can pot plants in almost anything you have in the house—from an old rubber boot, if the spirit moves you, to an abandoned fish bowl or anything in between.
Never underestimate the value of simply rearranging the stuff you already own. Give your decor a total remix, but don’t limit it to items in the same room. Take some of the things you were using in your bedroom and move that into the dining room using it in a fresh, new way, not just duplicating the arrangement you had before. Pull decorative bowls out of the cupboard and put them on open shelves. Group collections of things. Put some things away! If you have too much clutter, nothing gets seen. It’s often better to simply put out one nice piece at a time and then alternate periodically.
With a little imagination and a new way of looking at your home, you can replicate an upscale look at a fraction of the price. Keep your mind open for ideas by shopping clearance sales, frequenting garage sales in the better neighborhoods, and searching for those really cheap decorating ideas anywhere you can find them. One idea will often spawn another, and you’re limited only by your imagination!.
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