Home Makeover on a Budget: Decorating Ideas That Won't Cost a Fortune

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Are you tired of staring at the same drab rooms in your home, day in and day out? Don't sit there waiting for a home improvement show to "crash" your house. Get to your own DIY decorating, and the good news is you can freshen up a lot of your home for very little cost. In some cases, for free! Here are some possible pitches for ways to make over your home on a budget.

1. Your Things Move Around

This is probably the easiest and most affordable way of getting a new look from your home. Rearrange the furniture. If you've got sofas and chairs pushed against walls, try to move them forward to group them together. You can also make your walls seem longer by stretching your curtain treatments. Hang them a few inches above the window and let your curtains flow. The goal is to open up the room and give it more flow.

2. Accents Add Accent

Blue table runner on white tablecloth

Nice looking design is in the detail. You can spruce up your home decor with a bunch of fun ideas. For instance, take all those wonderful greeting cards you've received over the years and "splash" them into a decorative bowl or plate. Colorful fruit placed in glass jars, vases or bowls can brighten up any room. The same can be said for adding alluring pillow accents or slipcovers on your chairs and sofas (Sure Fit has some great options). A small table can benefit from a decorative runner. Even a nice folded piece of design fabric will do the trick. You don't have to spend a lot to bring in a little color.

3. Art is Actually Easy

How is your art collection? You have no art collection, you say? That can change in plenty of affordable ways. In your kitchen, you can use pots, pans, and baking tins to hang on the wall. This is a great way to open up storage areas and provides easy access for your cooking tools.

When it comes to family photos or refrigerator artwork overflow, think collage. A strategically placed cork board covered in fabric is a great way to hang up the latest creations. You can pick up a lot of inexpensive picture frames and turn a hallway into a living slideshow with photos of your friends and family. Mix and match sizes and designs and don't hang them all in a straight line. What good is keeping a picture in a box? Put it out for all to see.

4. Walls Want in on the Action

brushstroke art

Nothing says decorating like "paint job." If all you change is the colors of your walls you'll be making a vast improvement. Instead of sticking with neutral colors, maybe this is the time when you can go bold and brighten up your rooms with reds, yellows, and greens. Additionally, a large mirror works to bring in the light and make it feel like the room is bigger. By large we mean so big you have to lean it against the wall as opposed to hanging it up. That is very chic.

What affordable decorating ideas have you tried out? We'd love to hear about them and see the pictures!