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How to decorate every room in your home on a budget

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Whether you’ve just moved into your first apartment or have been in your forever home for years, changing up your decor is something that you can accomplish relatively quickly and affordably.

If you’re looking for smart ways to decorate your home without going broke, check out our helpful tips that can help you transform any room in a weekend:

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Thrift store and yard sale accent pieces 

As the weather gets nicer, one great way to find beautiful yet inexpensive pieces is through thrift store and yard sale finds. You can find everything from glassware and pottery, to books, art and small furniture. You’ll discover a variety of home decor items at your local thrift store or a good neighborhood yard sale that typically come at a fraction of the cost of brand new or designer items but have way more charm and character. Always remember to check that the items you find are in good shape and working quality.

 

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Fill your walls with custom canvas prints and framed art

Don’t be intimidated, large empty walls are your friend! Sure, it might be easier for someone with a large budget to invest in several large format prints to fill all that empty wall space, but there are still options for those of us working within a limited budget.

Consider creating a gallery wall from your own photos. You can lay out several smaller pieces to create a dramatic centerpiece that will change the look of a room. Plus, showing off your own photos brings is a great way to incorporate your memories into your home decor.

 

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Make your own decorative pillows, throws and curtains

What many beginner home decorators don’t realize is how important it is to have interesting and colorful accents throughout your living space such as pillows, throws and curtains. Those items provide beautiful pops of color and are an affordable way to change the whole look of a room.

In fact, it’s as easy as going to your local fabric store (or just use leftover fabric!) and learning how to make a few straight stitches with any sewing machine. Not feeling super crafty? You can often find affordable cushions and throws at stores like Ikea or Target too.

 

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Repurpose and up-cycle 

And finally, one of the easiest yet most overlooked tactics for smart, affordable home decorating is repurposing and/or up-cycling things you own into home decor pieces. This decorating strategy goes right along with thrift store and yard sale shopping, because you can combine different home decor pieces in a unique way to make something really great to furnish your home. Here are a few interesting things you can repurpose and up-cycle and how they might fit into your home decor:

-Use old storage boxes or wood pieces to create floating shelving or an accent wall.
-Hang an ornate rug or interesting piece of fabric or textile on your wall as decorative wall art. According to Pinterest, this is one of the hottest home decor trends of 2016.
-Give a fresh coat of paint to an old piece of furniture.

 

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