Decorating is fun, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune. Once you have an idea of how you want your home to look and feel, you can begin to make changes. The biggest change you can make for very little cost is to paint the walls. I personally like the look of crisp white walls with perhaps one wall painted in an accent color such as a pale pink, sage green, or robin egg blue.
For inexpensive art, use beautiful cards and pictures from magazines hung in interesting frames. If you are an artist, you can use your own artwork (drawings, paintings, or collages) for a personal touch. Cross-stitch pictures are also very nice. I like to buy inexpensive frames and paint them to match my decor using craft paints. Spray paints would work, too.
If you like to sew, you can make your own tablecloths, curtains, and quilts. Embellish them with embroidery, if they are plain. You can also crochet doilies, afghans, rag rugs, table-scarves, or add crocheted edging to towels. The possibilities are endless! You can find tutorials online or go to the library to find books to learn new skills that will help add beauty to your home.
You can find charming accessories at affordable prices by keeping your eyes open. Check out eclectic shops, dollar stores, thrift stores, and yard sales. Check the clearance aisles. Be creative. Try using something you already have in a new way. Watch decorating shows to glean new ideas and get how-to tips.
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