10 Best Money Saving Decorating Ideas for Your Home

One of the hardest facts about owning a home is that you can’t always afford how expensive your décor taste is! There are ways to cut corners, and still get fantastic ideas for your home.  Wouldn’t you love to find ways in your everyday life to save money and get wonderful décor ideas?

Here are 10 of the best money saving décor ideas for your home. Best in this article means – everyday resources that are available to you – and easy for you to execute.

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1.) Use free sources around you: From magazines, the internet, to satellite home & garden programs the world is at your fingertips for décor ideas.  Peruse through magazines, and home décor books to get a sense of what your taste is.  Visit home improvement stores and collect paint, wall art and material samples to start making an “idea” folder of what inspires you. Determine what your personal style is. Is it: Vintage, Modern, Bohemian, French Country, choose your style and start planning!

2.) Determine your budget BEFORE you begin: Let’s face it, if you didn’t have a budget your home would be already complete, and you wouldn’t need these money saving tips.  Everyone needs to set a budget to have boundaries on your wallet and your home! Once you’ve set one, buy a few major pivotal pieces to center the theme of your room around.  Then use thrift shops and department store clearance areas to fill in with gorgeous accessories like wall arts and decals that can enhance your room walls.

3.) Start at the front entry: When guests walk in your home they should get a sense of your style instantly. Maximize a foyer space without over cluttering. Try using a chest or decorative baskets to house keys or mail. Add a decorative touch by adding a mirror and foyer sized table for resting flowers, and accessories to pull your guests into your home. The mirror will open up your foyer and reflect the gorgeous décor of the space. Save money by using vases and decorative urns from other areas of your home that already exist. Also try to decorate your living room by using wall stickers that makes it easy for you to make your wall look attractive. As this is the place where your guests will make a first entry this is important for you.

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4.) Maximize your existing furniture: Consider re-upholstering furniture with updated colored and styled materials. Slip covers offer a quick and easy solution for changing out furniture for different seasons and or occasions. Re-finish wood furniture or use a fresh coat of paint on headboards and mirror frames.  Try using online planning tools to play around with different colors and options before you take the plunge!

5.) Redesign your furniture layout: Believe it or not, your space can look dramatically different just by moving the furniture! Find a new focal point – like a fireplace, an outdoor view, an accent wall with a television, and move your furniture to compliment it.  Consider bringing pieces from other rooms of your home. Or you can consider adding some wall decals around your furniture like adding Traditional African Circular Vinyl Wall Art Border. This will really look great! By removing some furniture you can get a more open space, and the room may function better. Professional re-designers do this every day, why don’t you try, it’s totally FREE!

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6.) Paint a room or accent wall with a bold color: Paint is the most affordable decorating tool you have, so go for it! Paint an accent wall in a contrasting or complementing color to your furniture.  Don’t know how to decide on colors? Ask your home improvement store to mix quart or sample sizes for you.  This way you can try it before you take the plunge. If you find painting your home expensive, you can check for various wall art that is available online at stores such as www.vinylrevolution.co.uk. Here you can shop for the best wall stickers along with stickers for your Macbook and more.

7.) Use accessories to bring a new look to furniture: Use throw pillows, throw blankets, and area rugs to give your ‘old’ room a new look and feel.  Instead of buying a new piece of furniture, look at what colors you haven’t tried before.  Try a new color palette and mix and match patterns and solids.  These accessories are inexpensive and can be changed on a whim.  Have a worn area on the floor? Cover it with a funky new area rug – instantly and cheaply you solved a décor dilemma.

8.) Use accent lighting to highlight décor and interiors: Wall sconces with directional lighting can add drama to a once boring hallway or foyer.  Install accent lighting to shine on artwork to add drama and a focal point to a fireplace or over a couch. Use simple up-lighting to give visual interest to house plants and atrium areas in your home.

9.) Make wall treatments from everyday materials: Windows can get an added decorative touch with wall treatments.  Inexpensive ones can be made with do it yourself home kits, and a sewing machine.  Everyday materials such as sheets, linen, and many man-made fibers that resemble expensive silks and organza are also available.  No one will know that you cut corners to adorn your windows with beautiful drapery, curtains or valances.

10.) Accessorize your bathroom with affordable décor: Towels, shower curtains/rods, and bath mats are easy and inexpensive ways to bring color and a theme to a boring bathroom.  Consider changing the theme of the bathroom with paint and add a new color palette for your new bath linen to match.

Decor Inspired by Fashion Magazine Covers

Do you have stacks and stacks of old magazines with whom you just cannot part? Are you a fashion buff with closets filled with fancy clothes and accessories? If you are, then why not proudly show off your elegant clothes and decorate your home at the same time. Get inspired by fashion and make your home as elegant and stylish as you are.

Frame your favorite Magazine Covers

Magazine covers can be great source of art and decor. Cut out vintage covers, frame them and arrange them around the house. Stick to one theme to avoid too much color and mess, and hang your new artwork above your bed, dressers or even in the kitchen. Old record covers also make a great artsy decoration, so frame a few of them and immortalize your idols. Another great inspiration for bringing fashion into your home is cutting out fashion photographs from the glossies and displaying them in plain frames. The same thing you can do with ads of big designer clothes, perfumes and makeup. Organize any of these in shapes and patterns on your walls and bring elegance and style into your home.

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Show off you Shoe Collection

If you cannot wear every pair of shoes every day, it does not mean you cannot look at them.  Set up a few small display shelves in different heights on your walls, and proudly present your beauties. A few acrylic boxes with your favorite shoes can also be arranged around the house and bring style and love for shoes into your home. However, if you do not want to spread them around the house you can simply organize them into a glass shoe closet and put them in your living room. This way you will always know where your shoes are, and they will make a nice artsy addition into your home decor.

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Treat your Clothes like Art

Some clothes really deserve to be treated like art. If you have any such pieces, consider putting them in a frame and displaying them in your living room. However, cloths do not have to be absolutely stunning to become a decoration in your home. Hang a row of jeans on an orderly set of hooks and above them put up a few framed photographs and bring a whole new look to your room. Sometimes, running out of closet space could be a good thing, since you can introduce an interesting decor by hanging your shirts and blazers onto a sleek rack and putting them on a display. Another way of bringing color and pattern into your home decor is framing some of your stylish scarves and putting them up on the wall. For a more stylish effect of your clothes, you can mount a couple of wall lights in different colors and create cozier atmosphere.

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Mount a Magazine Rack

Being a fashion lover includes tons of magazines just lying around your house. Since this is kind of messy, you can look after you local bistros and set up a stylish magazine rack into the seating area and arrange latest issues of your favorite magazines. This will bring color into your home, and you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee comfortably while going through your organized magazines.

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Expose your Jewelry

Jewelry of any kind can be a great addition to your fun decor. Set up some orderly hooks below your window and neatly hang your necklaces. You can also put your bracelets on a bracelet rack and leave them on the dresser. Pin your stylish earrings on a board and complete the jewelry display in your room. All of these accessories can introduce texture and color in your room, making it more alive and unique. If you do not want to expose that much jewelry, you can simply organize them into vintage and decorative boxes, and leave just a few of the pieces outside, for the better look and style.

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As you can see, none of your fashionable pieces have to or should stay in the dark closet. Let the fashion inspire you and trigger your creativity for creating a more interesting interior design and comfort of your home.

Building Chicken Coops For Dummies Review

I got a dazzling chicken coop for me in the backyard at a fraction of the cost for a new one, check here how…

Building Chicken Coops For Dummies is the best guide for putting in place an eye-catching yet affordable chicken coop at the backyard for ensuring daily supply of fresh eggs around the year. Building on the powerful tips provided in the book, I got together a chicken coop that meets my family’s fresh organic eggs requirement and give me an opportunity to take pride on a construction that materialized through my hands.

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Chicken coops for dummies

Building chicken coops will also see that the food scraps get recycled to produce high quality fertilizer that can be utilized in the garden. The guide saved me from spending tons of dollars on expensive fabricated chicken coop plans. I succeeded in building a large premium coop that is simple enough to clean, have an automated system for collecting eggs and help me in maintaining a fleet of 20 chickens.

What the book aims at

The book is aimed at a total beginner making no demands on your professional engineering skills and will lead you to build robust chicken coops with simple, uncomplicated tools readily available.

The colored plans take you by hand and instruct you step by step with easy to follow informative scale diagrams and dimensions. By following the steps described, a user can save about half the cost over purchasing coops which amounts to hundreds of dollars.

What you expect to learn

The book Building Chicken Coops For Dummies makes one conversant with the critical things that one has in the back of his mind before setting out on the coop building task. You will get firsthand knowledge to pick up the best site for setting up the coop and selecting materials for the project which will come cheap and be handy.

The user will get design ideas for setting up coops of various sizes ranging from awfully cheap enclosed coop for accommodating four large chickens to small portable coop ark that helps in easily cleaning the coop and providing fertilizer at the desired spot. You will get ideas on easily breeding chickens by self and taking care of the chicks to raise a self-sustaining bunch that would ensure steady supply of organic food.

Get Your Walls “Frozen”

So, the Disney Company did it again. From “The Lion king” all the way to the recent incredibly popular cartoons, this company is the best at what it does, and that is to invoke tender feelings and emotions, even to make us cry. I’ll admit it, I cried like a baby while watching “The Lion king”. All of their cartoons are very fond and dear to me, and for quite some time, I was thinking for a way to keep these memories alive. And then, I realized. My daughters were watching Frozen, Disney’s newest masterpiece with me, and the younger asked me to draw Elsa and Anna on their walls. I said yes.

Design

The best way to start is to pick a unique design which will reflect your imagination in a best way, and to simply follow that idea to the end. Plan what you desire to achieve, and make sure that you have enough material and time, so there won’t be any drawbacks. The walls are your largest concern, but you can add a few more touches, so that everything else will be compact, and will fit right in. Pick beddings with the winter print, or a mirror with the frame that resembles snowflakes. Possibilities are endless, and again, your imagination is crucial. If you lack some of it, ask your children what they would like, for they might have some great ideas.

Walls

It is quite possible that you will need to repaint your walls, so that room will resemble the kingdom of Arendelle, and the impression of winter overall. Use white and blue colour as well as their shades combined, to make unique feeling of a cartoon revived. If, on the other hand, you are less keen on painting, there is always possibility to hire a professional painting services company, which will make sure that colour is even and equal. It would look nice to use wall stickers, which can be obtained quite easily, and anyone can put them on the wall. You can go with the characters, or with more abstract lines and floral patterns. Or, if you are a bit talented, you can use brush and colours, and paint something on your own. There was a heart-warming quote saying: “Some people are worth melting for.”, and it would be great idea to have this quote drawn above the bed. In addition, painting a huge blue crystal-like snowflake across whole ceiling would look really good, for it will add additional touch and feeling of unification of style.

Also, you can find LED lights in white and blue colours and hang them on the wall, so it can serve as night lighting, and it will nicely fit right in. Playing with lights and shadows can create great moments, for the room will look different during the day, than overnight.

So, with everything said taken into consideration, are you ready to let it go? To do something really special for your children, is incredibly good feeling, and you will definitely be happy when all the work is complete. I have enjoyed finishing this project, and my heart simply melted when I saw the smile and happiness on my daughters faces.