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Seven Home Decorating Ideas That Won’t Cost A Fortune

How to save money on home decorating


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 A well decorated living space is warm and inviting, encouraging your family and visitors to relax and enjoy time at your home. This is very important in a world where stress levels are at an all time high.


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Unfortunately home decorating can actually add to your stress! Your house may become messy and cluttered due to diy projects, and renovations might disturb your normal routine. But, more importantly, it can be expensive which can cause additional financial strain.



Fortunately this doesn’t have to be the case; here are seven home decorating ideas that won’t cost a fortune.

1. Kitchen Revamp DIY

Kitchen renos can be very costly. For example, the average cost of replacing your kitchen in Australia s $17,000. No matter which way you look at this it is expensive!


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However, there are some DIY options that can save tons of money. You can achieve the look of a new kitchen by purchasing new cabinet doors and countertops. Replacing these is much cheaper and simpler than ripping out the whole kitchen and starting from scratch, but it will transform the room as though you’ve completely redone it. Of course a fresh coat of paint can work wonders on cabinets too.



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2. Cover The Couch

If your couch is starting to get tired you don’t need to replace it, especially if it’s still comfortable.

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Instead, invest in a sofa slipcover or some nice throws and decorative pillows. Not only will these make the couch look like new, but you can easily adjust them to suit your room and you can save tons of money.


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3. Upgrade The Stairs

One decorating area that most people don’t think of changing is the staircase. There are so many beautiful painted stairs or runners that will create beauty and interest. You can also replace the the balustrade, banister and handrail. This can actually be done quite easy and will completely transform a foyer or entry way.  Take a look at Active Metal for some inspiration.


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3. Lighten up!

Good lighting whether natural or artificial can make a huge difference to any home. Start by maximizing the light coming in through your windows and then decorate with mirrors to bounce it round the room. This is better than purchasing new lighting, as it is nearly free and makes the room feel brighter and larger.



You can also add new creative lighting around specific features, highlighting the points of interest in the room without actually redecorating the space.  


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For a farmhouse look choose lantern lights, or if you style is more contemporary, you might try modular touch lights.


5. Add Some Rugs

Rugs can completely transform the look of a room in no time. They can be purchased to match your existing decor or  the color or pattern can be the inspiration for a whole new look. They also make your home feel warmer and cozier. Even if you have  carpeted floors you can still use area rugs to anchor spaces.


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I especially love jute rugs due to their natural and neutral look that is both modern and classic at the same time. Earlier this summer we found the perfect jute rug and I just love it!


Why this is the perfect Jute Rug

These days you can find great rugs for affordable prices, allowing you to change them as your tastes change. It’s much easier than replacing the whole floor!

6. Mix ‘n’ Match

An effective way to decorate your home in a different style is to start mix and matching. Don’t be afraid to combine different styles of decor, furnishings, textiles and patterns. Remember to surround yourself with the things you love and don’t worry about trends. After all it’s your home!


One part rustic and one part refined, this family home packs Texas-size personality and farmhouse charm into every inch of its compact square footage.



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7. A Little Paint

Finally, never underestimate the power of a coat of paint! You can completely transform a room or even your entire house with the right color. 


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Of course there are so many other easy ways to save money on home decor and renovations, (like junkin’ and thrifting for beautiful decor and furniture) but these seven decorating ideas can get you started. What are your favorite ways to save money on your home decorating? I love hearing from you dear readers! Thanks for stopping by today!


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