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October 14, 2008

Cheap decorating ideas

Filed under: Easy DIY,Home Decorating — DO or DIY @ 7:56 pm

More and more of us are affected by the credit crunch, so not-the-most-important tasks around our home – such as décor – get postponed or cancelled. However your home can be freshened up easily and cheaply, (even freely!) with a bit of creative energy. Here are a few tips..

  • Do it yourself - if you’re not good at DIY, it’s a good time to learn – the skills you can master will be useful for the rest of you life! The basics of woodworking, plumbing, painting, sewing, and knitting are easy to learn -also, whilst saving a lot of money, you’ll be able to make unique items (cushion covers, curtains, furniture etc) that will be envied by your friends and family. On top of that making things yourself is really fulfilling and can even be therapeutic!
  • Clear the clutter - get rid of all gadgets, ornaments, household items etc. that you hardly ever use or don’t even like. Those that are in good condition can be sold on Ebay – the money you make can be used for your new décor projects!
  • Quick deco - you can achieve a lot of visual impact with a new shade of paint. Painting is very easy and quite cheap. For a quick facelift just make a “feature wall”, i.e. paint only one wall in the room. You might even wallpaper it.
  • Furnishing bargains - home-ware stores sell really cheap cushions, throws, blankets and linen these days – even better bargains can be bought during the Sales. These soft furnishing elements can instantly transform the style and/or feel of a room!
  • Furniture - redecorate old or tired-looking pieces of furniture. For brand new ones, look on the net or at outlets for a bargain.
  • Ornaments - make your own ornaments and displays. These can be very cheap or even free. Collect twigs, berries, pinecones, acorns, flowers, leaves, nuts, grasses etc. Arrange them in glass bowls or vases; or hang them in windows; or make displays in the fireplace (if it’s not in use!); or on the mantle etc. Edible fruity displays can also look very inviting and they provide a seasonal touch (and fragrance) to your home. Combine baked orange slices with cinnamon sticks and nuts, or apples, pears, plumbs and squash.
  • Lighting – save some money by lighting your home with sensual candles in the evenings. Arrange several cheap church candles in a group or in candelabra!

That’s it – the above cheap decorating ideas will not only refresh your home but will also cheer you up during the winter!

    6 Responses to “Cheap decorating ideas”

  1. On October 27th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    LTLPrints Staff wrote:

    Do-it-yourself projects are the best. Not only are they cheaper, but they also give you a good grasp on how easy it is to do. My brother and I decided to repaint several of our rooms and it saved us over 700 dollars compared to hiring services!

  2. On November 3rd, 2008 at 8:06 am

    at home money wrote:

    at home money…

    One of the most obvious ways to produce more cash flow and create more wealth is to increase your income. You can do that by getting a raise or a promotion, finding a higher paying job, or by starting your own part- time, work from home job. You never …

  3. On November 12th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    OMStorage Staff wrote:

    I don’t disagree that alternative income sources would help, but isn’t this article talking about saving money? I like the article. Its good for those that are decorating their homes on a budget.

  4. On November 17th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Electric Showers wrote:

    You can always replace your bulbs with energy saving ones to save some cash in the long run!

  5. On November 20th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Cynthia wrote:

    Sometimes the best improvements are the cheapest ones. Some even pay back.
    Like eliminating the clutter, for example. You can transform a room just by getting rid of some “knick- knacks” and some pieces of furniture.
    In addition, you can hold a garage sale and make some money out of selling the items you removed.
    You can also donate some pieces to charity and get a nice tax deduction for it.

  6. On December 2nd, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Hector wrote:

    Anyone can DIY if they really put the effort. It’s time to save money people.

    Also, don’t burn the house down with the candles :P

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