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Decorating on a budget: Less can be more


It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that it costs a lot of money to decorate the interior of your home or business. Furniture and accessory companies would have you believe that the only way to decorate is with expensive curtains, high end tables, and fancy leather couches. While those items are nice to have, not every budget can accommodate expensive decorations.

When it comes to decorating, less is often more. A lot of people make the mistake of cluttering a room with small items, vases, paintings, etc. The reality is that a well designed and decorated room only needs to have a few well placed elements in order to be effective. The first thing that should be done is determining what the focal point of the room is. Does the room have a fireplace or large window? Determining what the focal point of the room is will allow you to place decorations in the room that accent, rather than distract from the room.

The possibilities for budget decorating are nearly endless. Flowers can be picked from nature for free, vases can be acquired from thrift stores for a low cost. Changing a light bulb to a different color can have a huge impact on the feeling of a room for a relatively low price. You can choose from warmer light bulbs that produce a calming yellow glow, or cooler bulbs that emit whiter light for better focus and productivity.

Fabric can be recycled to hang as a decorative curtain along a window. Thrift or secondhand stores are a great place to look for cheap end tables that can hold vases, pictures, and small trinkets.

Consider going for a style that allows for a minimal amount of furniture. Classic designs require a lot of smaller, expensive items and are hard to maintain on a budget. Modern designs are the way to go if you are looking to save money, and they have the added benefit of being trendy.

Contemporary style can be achieved with only a few furniture elements and almost no decorative pieces. If you have a matching furniture set, you can go for a clean, minimalist look with very little effort. Open the curtains or opt for transparent fabric to flood the room with natural light. Leave plenty of room for walking space, and make sure that couches and chairs are level with the walls and each other. This style is becoming more and more popular. Throw in a simple vase with some fresh flowers and you will have a room decorated for almost no money.

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