Home Decoration : What’s the Alternative?


It’s easy to become complacent about your home decor. After all, you live in it and see it every day. However, it’s important to shake things up every now and then, and nothing can improve how you feel about your space like a bout of redecoration. However, getting the look exactly how you want can be extremely expensive. So what’s a homeowner to do? By looking at home decor alternatives, you can not only get the look, but you can also keep your bank account from running into the red.

Wanted: A new sofa.

Try: Shopping second-hand.

A good sofa or couch is hard to find. There’s a variety of colors and shapes, and the fact that it’s such a big ticket item means you’ll probably be living with it for a few years. Take the expense out of the equation by going second-hand. While resale and second-hand shops can offer you a slice of vintage or shabby chic, looking at want ads in your local paper or searching through online advertisements on sites such as Craigslist can bring a whole range of new styles that match your price range. Start your sofa search early on for the best deals and offerings. While some may be as little as under $100, others may even be free. Keep your eyes peeled to get the best deal.

Wanted: Gorgeous window treatments.

Try: Shopping online.

Getting your decoration bill down is easy if you do your shopping virtually. This is particularly true for window treatments, especially bamboo shades. Take a look at sites such as Payless Decor’s bamboo selection for a great selection that can match just about any decor you can dream up. Going with the bamboo option means that installation is easy, and prices are low. Additionally, bamboo shades are easy to paint should you want to create a more customized look.

Wanted: A better color scheme.

Try: Updated accents.

Thinking about revving up your room’s look with this season’s hottest colors but aren’t sure they’re going to last? One of the quickest and easiest ways to ramp up your home’s fashion-factor is to use accent pieces. By keeping your walls and furniture neutral, simply placing plants, paintings, painted bamboo shades or pillows in the colors you want can change the look and feel of the entire room. When another color takes your fancy next year, just change them up again.

Wanted: A funkier look.

Try: Going frame-crazy.

Nobody likes a boring room, and one way you can easily and cheaply give your house some flair is by investing in frames. Picture frames come in all sorts of styles, shapes and colors, and lets you show off that great painting you have, cherished photos or even that favorite record album. Try mixing a range of shapes with the same color, or go crazy with a rainbow of frames and shapes on an entire wall to make a collage-like appearance.

By keeping your decoration ideas on the alternative, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars on decoration. Aim to think outside the box when changing up your style, and never be afraid to take some time to look for a bargain. Staying in budget means you can do it all over again next year, changing your space with your moods.


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