10 room decor ideas on a budget: Designers reveal their frugal secrets

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Big style doesn’t have to cost big money.

You can design a beautiful room on a budget — especially when the pros are spilling a few of the secrets they use in their own homes.

Trends? Forget about it. The real key is to keep it simple, pare down and stick with things you love.

And if you have no idea where to start, it turns out there’s a trick to that, too.

Look to a treasured item, says Leatrice Eiseman, member of the American Society of Interior Designers, or ASID, author of “Colors for Your Every Mood” and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

It could be a piece of furniture, an accessory or even a piece of clothing. If looking at it really makes you happy, “That could be the core of your color” scheme, she says. “The proviso — it has to be something you love.”

Ready for some great room decor ideas on a budget? Here are 10 designer strategies you can mix and match.

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