Moving into a new apartment? It's so white and empty, it doesn't feel like a home yet. But if you use
your creativity and imagination, you will add warmth and flavor to the place in no time. Or are you just
willing to freshen your old place? Decorating an apartment is costly and you can hardly splurge on
furniture and décor pieces if your budget is tight. Don't despair. There are many creative and inexpensive
ways to transform your home. Check this out.
Lighten up with mirrors. It's amazing that a small mirror, if positioned in the right place, can make a
huge difference. It can add more natural light and brighten up a room. Not to mention, it can make a
space feel much, much larger than it really is. Resort to large mirrors in small rooms if you want to make
a change on the cheap.
Use wicker. To change the mood of your room, resort to wicker. It will freshen up your living room and
although it is best for summer, it can also be used any season.
Create a gallery of photos. What a better way to fancify your home than to place a bunch of cheerful
photos of you and your family up on a wall in your living room. Go through your cabinets and locate
your old photo albums. Select the best shots that deserve to be shown to the public. Pick up crazy pictures
of places you have visited. Stores offer large picture frames that allow you to display a whole host of
Display your own art. Do you like drawing? Do you do photography? Or do you often get crafty?
Whatever your DIY projects, it is worth displaying them for others to see. Leave your modesty behind.
Now is a fine time to show off what you've got. Impress your guests with your talent. Don't be shy.
Go for walls decals. There are hundreds of beautiful wall decals in stores. They are less expensive than
wallpaper or paint and work just the same. Plus, they are removable. If you get tired of the design, a trip
to the store will tackle the problem. Wall decals are so inexpensive, you can purchase one for less than $5.
What's more, they can be removed in a breeze, which makes them ideal for renters.
Resort to online sales. If your budget is tight, go for online sales. There are thousands of items out there. \If you shop at the right time, you can get your hands on some nice items of furniture and décor pieces for
a song. Don't forget to visit the websites of Wayfair, Etsy, Walmart, Amazon and other stores that offer
great discounts. Also, have you got any favorite brick-and-mortar stores? Make sure to check if they have websites as well.
Add flowers. A nice flower nook will take guests' attention away from everything else. Even if your home
doesn't look its best, you can add color, cleanliness and freshness with a few flower pots. Think about
adding a few hanging baskets, too.
Use what you have. It's less expensive to use what you already own. Use tea lights to lighten up your
entrance or your stairs. Add cookbooks in your kitchen. Repurpose old items into something you will use.
Let your imagination be your guide.
As you can see, there are many ways to spruce your place without emptying your wallet. Creativity goes
a long way. Have a walk-through of your home and see which items you can repurpose. Or browse the
Internet for affordable décor pieces. And finally, don't forget to bring nature indoors. Fresh flowers or
potted flowers will add life and color to any room.
The article is contributed by Kathleen Crane who runs HomeMates Refurbishment
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