Guest Post: Frugal Furnishings by Allison Dean

Frugal Furnishing by Allison Dean

Furnishing your home can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of small changes you can make to make your house feel more like home. Finding inexpensive ideas for furnishing your home can be a hassle, and finding the time for do it yourself projects can be even more difficult. However, if you are willing to put in a little time and effort, you can decorate your home regardless of your budget. When you find great deals and use simple styles you can find ideas to design your home so that it looks as if a high priced personal designer did it for you.

The first thing you should do is consider your lighting and how it is affecting how your room looks. Changing the brightness, position, design of the light fixtures in your room can drastically affect the atmosphere. You may have to experiment with the lighting before you find the perfect balance, but your efforts will be well worth it in the end. You don’t need some high priced designer lamp to improve the room either. Flea markets, garage sales, and second hand stores are great places to look for used lamps at a low price. Once you have found a general design that you like, you can alter the paint color or lamp shade to inexpensively improve your secondhand find into a work of art.

Another inexpensive option to help you change the room is organization. Sometimes, being untidy can be the biggest problem with a room. No matter how nice or expensive your furniture and other accessories are, they won’t be well presented in a room full of clutter. Getting rid of that clutter will be the cheapest way to make your room shine. In fact, if you are willing to sell some unnecessary objects, you could even make money while improving the room. Make sure everything has a place, and you will find that the room looks much better.

If you are looking for a few decorating ideas on how to change up a room, here are a few tips on little, inexpensive things that will make a big difference.

  1. Bring in flowers – Put some fresh or, better yet, fake flowers in a vibrant vase to help brighten a room.
  2. Create new roles – Stack a bunch of your favorite books to make an end table or use old silverware to create a beautiful centerpiece. The possibilities are truly endless.
  3. Put a pattern on the floor – Get an inexpensive rug with a vibrant pattern to make a room more interesting.
  4. Add some color to your walls – Sometimes, all your room will need is a fresh coat of paint. Put some color on your walls to make a room warm and lively. If you are afraid to get too bold, try an accent wall.
  5. Hang a mirror – You will make any room look brighter and appear larger when you add a mirror.
  6. Use pillows to match your style – Pillows are the most inexpensive way to change up a room. Whenever you get tired of a certain pattern, they are very easy to change.
  7. Decorate with candles – Not only will the candles themselves provide some great character and smell fantastic, but you can also find some wonderful and inexpensive candle holders to help you improve your room.
  8. Use something old – Before you let your grandmother sell her old china, consider hanging it up in your home. Some of the greatest pieces are usually found in the strangest places.

Allison Dean is an author who writes guest posts on the topics of business, marketing, credit cards, and personal finance. Additionally, she works for a website that focuses on educating readers who may be wondering: How does Rent to Own Work.


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