12 Ways to Decorate for Less
Who says you need wads of cash to have loads of style? With these skills under your belt, you can get amazing results on a budget!
1. Learn how to get a high-end look on a budget. Sometimes a small detail, like extra-large (and superstuffed) throw pillows, can make your entire space feel more luxurious — even if your sofa is from Ikea. Familiarize yourself with other decorator tricks, like painting interior doors black and adding architectural molding to bland spaces, and you will soon be on your way to creating a fabulously rich-looking space without overspending.
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2. Learn to shop your home. Sourcing “new” furniture and accessories from within your own home is the best (read: cheapest) way to decorate on a budget. Shifting old furniture to a different room or using it in a fresh way, like repurposing an old twin bed as a daybed, can deliver amazing results without your spending a dime.
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When seeking new materials, include Craigslist and salvage yards, and look for budget-friendly alternatives to standard fare, like open shelving instead of pricey cabinetry.
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7. Learn to score amazing deals on Craigslist. With listings for everything from furniture and accessories to building materials and appliances, Craigslist can be a gold mine for the budget decorator. The trouble is finding what you want on this vast resource. Narrow your search by selecting the option to view only listings with photos and only by owner, not dealer. If it’s a particular style you are after, rather than a specific item, try your search on the homepage — otherwise you may be missing out on great stuff in sections you may not have thought to search in. And remember, most Craigslist sellers expect a bit of back-and-forth over the price, so expand your search to include pieces at least $100 over what you hope to pay.
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11. Learn how to hold a yard sale that actually pays off. To ensure big crowds, invite neighbors to participate and advertise your sale on Craigslist. On sale day get everything off the ground on tables, hang clothing on a wardrobe rack and place like with like. Well-styled vignettes encourage people to buy more, and make even humble items more attractive to buyers. For extra profits consider selling cut flowers from your garden, handmade crafts or refurbished and repainted furniture.
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12. Learn how to accept your home as it is. Instead of always thinking about the list of things to change, fix and decorate around the house, wouldn’t it be refreshing to just enjoy your home as it is right now? You can. Put a rest to design envy by starting a gratitude journal, trying a media fast and focusing on what matters: the people and furry friends in our homes, and the things we love to do there.
By: Laura Gaskill
Orson B.Klender, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty Saratoga Springs
38 High Rock Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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