Sep 19

Tips on Low-Cost Home Decor

How often do you look around your home and think, “I wish I could spruce things up a bit… if only I had the money?” Or maybe you don’t want to invest too much in giving your leased apartment a lift, but still want it to have that “no place like home” feel. In either case, Gail Miller has lots of low-cost ideas to spruce up your nest without cracking into your nest-egg:

1. Bare walls giving you the blues?
Buy four greetings cards designed by the same artist. Frame them in cheap clip frames, and display them together, as a collection.

2. Recover your furniture. Pick out a swath of funky fabric at your local store, and spruce up your sofa. All you need is a staple gun to get started. The same idea applies to chipped or stained tabletops: Rather than replace them, keep them covered with a beautiful new tablecloth, or with sticky-backed plastic. There are tons of colors, patterns and textures to suit your style.

3. Throw pillows
are a cheap and easy way to add color and soften up a room. Buy regular, run-of-the-mill pillows and cover them yourself.

4. Give your curtains a new lease on life
by dyeing them to match your color scheme. Cold water dyes are cheap and easy to use, and there are tons of colors to choose.

5. Scented candles are a cheap and easy way to add soft light and a light fragrance to any room in the house.