Update Your Home with Simple Accents
Posted by Sarah at 11:51 am in DIY, Home Decor

Living on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have style! In fact, many of today’s home decorating trends focus on simple, stunning accents that you can replicate for very little money. If you feel like your house needs a little pick-me-up, check out these tips for updating your home on a budget:

he first, absolute first, thing you need to do is to declutter! If your house looks anything like mine, you’ve got a pile of mail on the kitchen table, a heap of shoes in one corner and random sections of newspaper scattered across the living room floor. If it’s been awhile, do a Salvation Army sweep – gather up all the things you don’t use any more and send them off to people who need them.

Once you’ve dropped off your donations, analyze where piles of stuff tend to regularly occur. If you’re constantly leaving grocery coupons on the kitchen counter, find a small shoe box and store them out of sight in a nearby cupboard. If your entryway looks like Payless Shoes on a sale day, get a small laundry basket to store extra shoes in the coat closet. Commit to trying to keep your home clutter-free. You’ll be amazed at how much better your home looks when it’s not covered in piles of stuff!

Now that your house is clean, you can decorate with the type of classic accents you see in the home decorating magazines. Here are a few ideas to take your home from trashy to classy on a budget:

To create a striking, zen-like twig display, go thrift store and hunt for a simple, tall vase in colors that match the rest of your décor. Next, go outside and gather up some twigs, approximately 1-2’ in length, depending on the size of your vase. Pick up a few extras – you won’t know which ones you like until you start arranging them. Trim off extra branch shoots and start arranging them in the vase until you’re happy. If you need inspiration, pick up any home décor magazine – you’ll see something similar in almost every issue.

Never underestimate the power of a few simple candles to add a touch of sophistication to even the cheapest of rental apartments. Pick up three candles, all the same color, in three different heights and arrange them in a triangle shape on an end table or other flat surface in need of some spice. You can experiment with different colored ribbons tied around the candles or different holders if your budget allows for it.

Replace old posters on your walls with sophisticated prints. Go to the dollar store and pick up 4-6 picture frames with dark, thick edges – think 12” x 14” frames with 1” black frame borders. Next, stop at the craft store for some heavy white matting board. Most stores will sell this in bulk, and you’ll save money if you cut your own mat with an exacto knife instead of purchasing pre-cut ones. Cut them so that you have 2” of white showing from underneath your frame and load in your favorite black and white pictures. Don’t have any? You can find inspirational images in magazines or on the internet for free!

If you need more ideas, spend some time wandering through a furniture store and see what catches your eye. If you can, take a discreet picture with your cell phone (if you can) so that you’ll remember what you liked later. Chances are, you’ll be able to find something similar at a thrift store or make it yourself from craft store bargains.

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