Five Fabulous and Frugal Design Tips

Five Fabulous and Frugal Design Tips

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With the increasing red tape of mortgage lending, some are finding it’s better to invest in their current home to meet their evolving needs rather than the big expenditure of moving. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to spend wisely when updating their home.


There are many options out there to choose from in giving your home a fresh "new" look. Go shopping throughout your home and consider using items in new ways or reclaiming items in your attic that your Grandmother may have given you.


Imagine what some spray paint can do to an old wood side table. Need a dresser in the bedroom? Consider a flea market and look online for ideas of ways to "revamp" the look. If you have items that have no possibility in your home, consider a neighborhood swap. There are many ways to save and below are a few to get you started.


Paint makes a huge impact on a room. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, then this conversion will only cost you about $40 to give your room a new look. Go for something different. Choose a color that is used somewhere in the room. Take the color from a background071210FASHION2.jpg hue in your sofa, a stripe that’s in your window treatments, pull a tint from your area rug or maybe an accessory that you love or a painting on the wall. Today, any color can be matched at your favorite paint store.


Window Treatments
Custom window treatments can be expensive; but you can find great panels at your local Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Ikea, Wal-Mart and more. Panels are easy to change out. Use something light and airy in the spring and summer and go towards a heavier weight panel in the fall and winter months.


Window treatments make a huge impact on a room and "frame" your window as a picture does inside a frame. Depending on how many windows you have, you can dress your windows for under $150.


Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are the easiest thing to do to dress up or change the look of your sofa, without having to replace it. With the same thought of window treatments, you can change pillows throughout the seasons. Homegoods, T.J. Maxx, and Ikea are places that will give you alternatives at a very low price. If you have lots of pillows on your sofa, consider using pillow covers to change the main pillows or take a minor color in your sofa and use that as a base when shopping for new ones. You will spend very little on this, about $10-$20/pillow.


Lamps are an important part of any room. It creates a mood. If you already have lights in the ceiling,
1209KROMBHOLZ.gifconsider adding a floor lamp in the corner for softer overhead light. Choose mismatched or pairs of lamps for either side of your sofa or for bedside lighting. Target, Ikea and Homegoods all offer a large selection to choose from. Another option, if you don’t want to replace your lamps, is to find new shades. If you have a pleated barrel shade, go for a smooth bell shade in a color instead. These all make big impacts on the look of a room.


If you are looking to change your sofa, but it isn’t quite in the budget at the moment, consider a slipcover. There are so many new and exciting options now that you could have a virtually "new" looking sofa for under $150. They have options to fit any kind of sofa and chair today. This works for both your living room and your dining room. If you have chairs in your dining room that you don’t like the look of, think of a Parsons slipcover and give yourself a sleek, skirted look. While Wal-Mart and Target have a few to choose from, check out for many more options.



Photo courtesy of Paige Castellini