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Cheap and Easy Decorating Ideas

Enjoying your home

Fixing up your home isn't simply about remodeling. Sometimes a bit of decoration is all you need to increase your enjoyment of your home.


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Painting

Painting is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to transform your home. You can use a crisp white or neutral color to cover scratches or marks and give your home a clean new feel, or you can use subtle or dramatic color to affect the feel of any room, adding style and spirit. Painting or adding new crown moldings and trim is another inexpensive way to give your home a terrific new look and to compliment or highlight new wall colors.

Little fixes with big impacts

Changing the light switch plates to decorator plates that match your walls also adds maximum style for minimal cost.

In your kitchen and bathroom, cheap and easy changes to fixtures, from the handles on the faucet to the knobs on drawers and cupboard doors, will update the look and feel of the room. If you would like to redo the countertops in your kitchen but are daunted by the price, a short-term solution is to cover the existing countertops with contact paper, which comes in a variety of decorator colors and styles.

Shine some light on your home

Attractive lighting is critical to a beautiful home. Replacing outdated light fixtures in all the rooms of your house can make a great difference for a small price. In most cases you'll be able to install the new fixtures yourself.

New floors

While changing flooring is more expensive than a bucket of paint, replacing an old carpet or redoing a worn kitchen floor will give you a huge bang for your buck.

Appearances count

Improving the "curb appeal" of your home can also make a big difference. A little bit of landscaping and a coat of paint for the front door can make your house look like the place a new family will want to call home.
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