Home Decorating Can Be Done with Frugal Footsteps...
Home decorating can not only be fun, it can be done to fit your frugal lifestyle.
With these frugal footsteps, you can add life to every room with these simple tips.
Browse through this page for additional tips on home decorating, plus other free resources we will link you to.
We also provide information and links to products that will save you time, money, and help you honor every dollar duing the process of home decorating.
Here is a recent find that will help you redecorate with what you already have and do it within an hour...
This book is called, Use What You Have Decorating: Transform Your Home In One Hour
By: Laurie Ward
In this book you'll discover how to:
-Create a comfortable conversation area
-Proper furniture placement
-Create a cohesive look
-Use artwork effectively
-Use lighting correctly
For less than $15, you can save hundreds in the home decorating experiece. To read reviews and preview this book,
click here. It will take you straight to the amazon link.
Adding Vibrant Colors...
Color is a great and inexpensive way to add life to each room. For instance, blanket throws that are often used to wrap yourself to keep warm, can be spotted for around $7 at Walmart and other super stores.
Check out other discount outlets such as Big Lots, dollar stores, and other locations to spot these at frugal prices. These throws are usually offered during the holiday season at very low cost and come in an array of vibrant colors.
Simply use it to drape on chairs, sofas, and other furniture to add a bright burst of color for well under $10.
If you have neutral toned furniture, you can dress it up affordably with accents. click here
This can be done frugally with throw pillows as well.
To read more about ways to decorate with pillows,
for a link to Better Homes & Gardens. It has a video slide show with 16 different slides that give beautiful options and will spur your imagination to fit your own frugal footsteps!
Pillows are a great way to add life and beauty to your home... and best of all, they can be lavishly cheap!
Money Saving Tip: Create your own slip covers for older pillows. For a fraction of the cost, you can achieve that lavish look! Choose fabrics you like and buy on sale.
This allows you to decorate year round and create new looks for every season!
Frugality is Accomplished when Decorating with Paint
There are many things you can do with paint and for the cost of well under $100, you can change an entire room.
When choosing colors, pick a color that compliments you and your style- that is, the colors you are drawn to. Many people find that colors they are drawn to in clothing can also be a good indication of colors chosen for the home.
Before you choose a paint, pick many different free swatches from the paint department in a super store, or directly from a paint store.
Choose colors above and beyond the colors you are considering painting a room with... also choose an array of color swatches that compliment that color and have fun with it. Stack up those colors and play! Hold them up to the other colors in your room to see what colors will bring life to your furniture, your drapes, and other colors already within your home.
These color swatches can be a free tool to use when you choose fabrics, pillows, rugs, throws and other accents to compliment your room. So hold on to those swatches that work with the current colors within your home.
Choose colors in themes...
Earth colors consist of colors in nature and go beyond brown. There are yellows, golds, oranges, reds, greens, and an array of colors you can choose to have an earthen tone theme throughout your home. Many people will refer this to fall colors, but it is timeless since the colors are drawn from nature.
Winter colors are classic primary colors such as blue, red, yellow, white, and black. By sticking with a theme, you will have more of a classic look without colors competing with one another.
Of course, you can choose colors outside of the theme, but you will have a basic foundation to have a theme and a continuity running through your decorating.
Spring colors such as pastels and Easter colors can be a lot of fun. This is a colorful theme with a softer touch.
Summer colors are brighter than spring filled with sunny bright colors such as yellow, green, ocean blue... it is lively and bright.
Regardless of the colors you choose, you can add elegance and a vibrant new look for and be frugal at the same time.
Here is a book that has been a great seller on amazon, which can get you started and really make a difference(for under $10!)...
To view this book on Amazon, click here.
Your Home A Living Canvas
By: Curtis Heuser
From the grand staircase to the cozy third-floor master suite, this book takes you along on the complete floor-to-ceiling, room-by-room makeover. You'll learn about the design concepts and inspirations for each space, along with real-world how-to's behind the wall treatments, ceiling features, architectural highlights, and other exquisite details.
-A series of 25+ step-by-step demonstrations show how Heuser used murals, trompe l'oeil and faux finishes to blend old with new, reclaiming the spirit of the house's former glory, while incorporating unique personal touches.
-Covers a range of decorative styles, from the exotic crackle-finish bookcases in the study, to the Italian country villa-inspired kitchen, to a sophisticated dining room that embodies the Old World ambiance of classic European interiors.
-Offers a wealth of expert decorating advice on using color to evoke mood, displaying your collections, mixing and matching eclectic furnishings, and more.
Whether you're interested in a simple faux finish technique or are dedicated to preserving the architecture and charm of your own historic dwelling, this book will help you create a living environment rich in color, texture and atmosphere ... a place called "home."
About the author: Curtis Heuser is one of the midwest's premiere Decorative Artisans, celebrating 20 years in business with the release of this much anticipated book.
He is an expert in custom paint finishes, specializing in fine mural and trompe l'oeil techniques. His finely detailed work has been featured nationally on Around the House and HGTV's Before & After Show.
Curtis has transformed fine interiors from across the country, finally turning his talents to the biggest challenge of all: refurbishing his own historical treasure, located in Newport, Kentucky.
His efforts earned him the City of Newport's "Excellence in Historic Preservation Award" in 2005. The private residence has been spotlighted on several public home tours, including the nationally prestigious 2006 Tall Stacks Historic Home Tour, the annual Newport Victorian Christmas Tour, and the Northern Kentucky Home Builder's Remodeling Tour.
To read inside this book, and to order directly from amazon,
Decorating Tip: Although many of the faux techniques can be out of date, a subtle faux can add dimension, softness, and can bring elegance to a room. These walls can be used as accents in larger rooms, or can be used to spruce up smaller rooms.
If you would like a free copy of a recent CD-- "How to Decorate Extravagantly and Lavishly Cheap" with Interior Decorating Diva-- Robin Siegerman, this month it is being offered as a free bonus with your purchase of the book, "The Lavish Cheapskate."
Click here for details about this free bonus with book purchase.
Mirrors Can Create the Illusion of Expanding Space...
Mirrors add dimension to a room and give small spaces a much larger and expanded illusion.
Wall to wall mirrors in smaller bathrooms can give a much larger appearance to a small space...
Mirrors can also be used as accent decorations that can not only add the illusion of space, but also add beautiful accents.
Larger mirrors add more elegance and can create a dramatic or formal theme.
Smaller mirrors can be used in hallways, bedrooms, and smaller spaces.
To read a great article on decorating with mirrors,
It's written by Mary Carol Garrity, the proprietor of the Nell Hill's stores in Atchison and Kansas City, Mo., and the author of several books on home decorating.
In the bedroom, you can not only add dimension and size, but use mirrors to bring an elegant and sophisticated look...
So have fun and be creative! It's a great way to expand your space and bring forth a wonderful atmosphere!
Decorative Lamps can add light, color and vibrance...
There are many lamps to choose from to enhance home decorating, and one option is to choose smaller glass lamps that can be affordable and add a warm, welcoming glow to any room.
Instead of rewiring, replacing, and having the expense of adding installed lighting, lamps are an affordable alternative.
Colorful lamps can add a contemporary and mood enhancing ambiance that also lend the designer touch.
They can also be hidden to create a colorful glow behind couches, tables, and other spaces.
From cooler shades to romantic red and gold, glass lamps can add whatever mood you choose for each room.
If you want to create a more intimate impression, Moroccan-style glass lamps can give an array of colors to add radiance to the room...
Candles Are Also a Frugal Way to Enhance Home Decorating...
Candles can also be used to create an inviting space on countertops, dining tables, and coffee tables...
The creativity and possibility that candles give in home decorating is abundant- and abundantly frugal!
Candles can be easily be rearranged to give a new and more lively look.
Light is just wonderful, and candles give life to any spot you choose!
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