Decorating for the Artistic Soul

Decorating on a Budget, Part 1

Posted on: February 28, 2009

Decorating on a budget is so very important these days. I am a firm believer in the ten commandments of budget decorating. In this article, let’s work on the first five.

1. Determine a realistic budget and stay within it! It is absolutely not true that you have to spend 125% of your budget to get good results. And you don’t have to go and buy something just because it’s cheap, either. Shopping at estate sales, flea markets, and thrifty shops can turn up untold treasures, at unbelievably low prices. Patience is a virtue!

2. Go ahead and make a list of what you absolutely have to have to be able to use your room. If you have to have a table and chairs, get them. And now make one of the other things that you really want but cannot afford at the present time. Reupholstering those chairs, and finding the perfect centerpiece for that table can wait!

3. Tell yourself that when decorating your home; planning,, imagination, and creative effort are far more valuable than money. And you and your family will be so proud when it is finished!

4. Don’t discard things that you already have. If they are still functional, consider using these items with some small changes. Or perhaps they can be used for an entirely different purpose in another room.

5. Examine items that you simply HAVE to keep, such as your great grandmother’s settee or your mother’s favorite lamp. Build your scheme around these items and it will look like you meant them when you are finished.


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