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Grown-Up Decorating Tricks on a Budget

Does your home feel “unfinished”? Do you ever feel like you are stuck in an old styling rut? Are you limited to a very strict budget? Take your current space and transform it from a “before” to an “after” while not breaking the bank.

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Some of these decorating “tricks” may sound like every trick you’ve ever heard or read about on every home decorating show or website article. But honestly, they are tried and true for a reason because they do make a difference when updating and renovating. Paint is usually the quickest and budget friendly makeover a space can get. Just switching a room’s wall color can immediately make it look two times larger. Purchase cheap furniture and give it a paint job. Ombré is a popular trend right now and you may have seen it more frequently on hair than somewhere in the home. Paint a chest of drawers in gradient-fade color shades. Continuing this trend can be done by color coordinating the books on your shelves and the clothes hanging in your closet.  

Now let’s get back to the budget issue because honestly that’s probably the biggest barrier when decorating. Look at discount furniture stores like American Freight Furniture that can work with your unlimited budget. You might not have thought about these budget stores, but you can find some cool pieces that are within budget, and also are stylish and well-made.

Make the most of your hand me downs because chances are, you’re receiving a lot of them. For example, if you receive an older dining room, or kitchen, table try to find mismatched pairs of chairs, or chairs that are all entirely different from each other. The mismatched look, especially with dining room sets, is very hot right now so take advantage of not being too matched. Ask you local store about buying chairs that you prefer separately!

Or if you receive an antique piece of furniture that is actually valuable consider that your high-priced item and don’t be afraid to mix it with less expensive items. The high and low contrast often works in creating some unique spaces.Bulletin Board

While a bulletin board may work in the kitchen, or office, for holding recipes, phone numbers, or utility bills, the bulletin board should not display photos anymore, if you’re living in your own home. Instead print out the photos that photos that you like the best and get them framed!

If you have an outdoor space, string up white lights. It’s a gentle way to create some ambiance for your patio, porch, or garden.

One part of becoming an adult is proving that you are able to keep something other than yourself alive. Kids, animals, plants. Start off with plants. Not only do they make a space feel alive, but keeping plants have many benefits, the top one being that they purify the air. Create a mini greenhouse by stacking your shelves with hard to kill like cactus, succulents, and aloe Vera.   

What are your favorite inexpensive, but cool, decorating tricks and tips? We love to save money, so let us know in the comments section!

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Lauren is a professional copywriter at American Freight Furniture and Mattress. She enjoys spending time with her family, decorating (and then redecorating) her home, and spending time wherever there are shelves of books!