Budget decorating

December 22, 2008

"The first thing I would tell clients is if you're looking to change your room on a budget, don't go out and buy expensive upholstery."

Instead, get an area rug and update the look of your sofa by adding toss pillows and throws.

"Another thing I tell my clients is let there be light, and adding light to a room can instantly transform the look."

A pretty lamp can really change a space.

"The reason is your eye automatically goes to the brightest and lightest thing in the room," Kate explained. "Another tip I tell my clients is don't be afraid to get creative, think outside the box."

Hang plates on your walls for instant, inexpensive art. And while traditional window treatments can be expensive bed sheets aren't.

"So here's a great example; I found this king size sheet set a whole set today for 29.99."

Cut the king size sheet down the middle then use glue adhesive to fold the end over and hang them on drapery rods using clips. And don't be afraid to mix and match to create a look that's uniquely your own. Also do not underestimate the power of paint, not just for your walls but your furniture, too!

"By painting it black it's going to give it a more contemporary look and by painting it white it's going to give it a more traditional or cottage-y look," Kate said.

And Kate said instead of buying cans of spray paint take your furniture to an auto body shop where they can spray on an enamel to make you furniture look like new.

For more information:
Article on Home Staging
Decorating every room in your house
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