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Affordable Quick Fixes

The mention of home decorating usually has most people’s chequebooks running for the hills. It is true that DIY can be an expensive hobby. But not all home decorating ideas require a heavy investment of time and money. If you’re looking for a few affordable home decorating ideas to freshen up a room over a weekend whilst adding just a touch more glamour, why not give these ten a try?

  1. Rearrange the furniture- Pull your furniture away from the walls. Try positioning it at interesting angles that better accommodate conversation. Think hotel lobby rather than doctors waiting room. For example, a sofa arranged diagonally across a narrow living room will make the room look wider. Or try prizing your sofas away from their perfect TV vantage points and arrange them so that they face each other for a more inviting feel to your living room.
  2. Paint a wall- Paint one wall your favourite colour or hang on it a really daring wallpaper and make it the focal point. Hang interesting art on that wall and position a nice piece of furniture in front of it.
  3. Bring in plants- Greenery always adds a breath of fresh air to a room. If you don’t have a green thumb, try silk plants and trees. The quality has gotten so good that its hard to distinguish them from the real thing.
  4. Lay a rug- A large area rug is a wonderful way of defining a conversation area. Try one that complements the room. Lay it at an angle beneath your coffee table.
  5. Hang pictures or a mirror- Hang pictures that reflect your personality. Try frames that are more ornate. When hanging a mirror, try and position it so that it reflects and nice view or an interesting architectural element.
  6. Change your window dressing- In summer months look for a window treatment that will allow lots of natural light to flood the space. Wooden Venetian blinds are perfect as they allow you to direct the sunlight exactly where you want it, whilst the wooden finish adds instant warmth and expense to the surrounding décor. If you don’t want to part with your existing curtains, why not simply update your curtain pole? Chrome curtain poles are amongst the most popular presently but brass, wood and coloured finishes also make great choices.
  7. Add decorative pillows- The good news about decorative pillows is that they are an easy way to add textures and patterns to a room. Better still, they can be changed to jazz up a sofa or chair before your room is ready for a major makeover.
  8. Replace lamps- Lamps are probably the one thing in your home that will give others a clue that your room is outdated. Seek out new and fresh lamps that make a statement.
  9. Add a throw or Afghan- Similar to decorative pillows, throws and Afghans add texture to your furniture. They come in all kinds of natural and man made fabrics. Find a pattern and style that you like.
  10. Eliminate clutter- Clutter has a way of eliminating the desired mood and effect of any room. Find storage spaces for papers, toys, and other items that take from the personality of a room.

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