October 20, 2014 in Personal Finance

If your home hasn’t been updated in years, you probably are tired of seeing the same decor.

While it can be fun to give your space a facelift, you don’t want to blow your paycheck in the process.

Here are six tips that can help you redecorate your house on a budget.

1. Paint a canvas

Can’t afford to pay for an expensive piece of art? Save money by purchasing a large blank canvas from an art store. Paint it with one or two bright colors and hang it on your wall.

Doing this allows you to spice up your place at a fraction of the cost of purchasing art or painting the entire wall.

2. Splurge on 1 major focal point

Don’t spend money on every little detail. Instead, splurge on just one attention-grabbing focal point.

For example, fill a large vase with an enormous, room-dominating display of realistic-looking (but artificial) flowers. This will grab the attention of people who walk into the room, distracting them from the shabby couch or the old curtains.

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3. Use pillows and covers

Instead of replacing your furniture, take a frugal approach to updating its look. Use slipcovers on the couch cushions, buy throw pillows for the couch or purchase a new cloth cover you can drape over end tables.

Nobody will notice that the same 10-year-old furniture is hiding underneath layers of covers and cloth.

4. Update the ‘biggest’ items

Your bedspread, tablecloth, rugs and curtains are among the largest decorative items in your home. As a result, they set the tone for your space.

If you’re only going to selectively update a few pieces, focus on these big items first.

5. Reuse household items

Take ordinary household items and turn them into decorating pieces.

Turn Mason jars into storage for your small bathroom supplies, such as cotton balls and Q-tips. Use an old wooden wine crate as a small bookshelf. Use empty glass soda bottles as small vases.

Look on websites like Pinterest for inspiration and ideas that can help you repurpose these items into decorative pieces.

6. Hide clutter

Sometimes, getting rid of clutter is the single most important way to change the “feel” of a room.

Purge and donate items you don’t need. Use baskets, bookshelves and one or two extra dressers or desks to hide the clutter you need to keep around.

Paula Pant helps people ditch the cubicle and live on their own terms. She’s traveled to 32 countries, owns seven rental property units and hasn’t had an employer since 2008. Her blog, “Afford Anything,” is the gathering point for a tribe that refuses to say “I can’t afford it.” Follow Paula on Twitter: @AffordAnything.

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