Transform your home with smart shopping tips and money-saving ideas.


Revisit what you already own. Your existing art and furniture pieces are worth a lot more than you think of. They have antique value, they touch your heart and have emotions attached to them. You can easily refurbish them and give them a new look this is one of the best way to do some inexpensive decorating.


Sandpaper, primer and paint can transform just about any piece of furniture. Don’t throw something out because you’re tired of the color, and don’t pass up a good deal on a piece of furniture just because you don’t like the finish. You can easily change it.


When choosing a paint color, pick one shade darker or bolder than what you feel is safe. Go out of your comfort zone, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Painting is easy to experiment and not too costly either.


If you’re short on space, purchase multi-purpose furniture pieces. Folding Sofa-cum-beds come in different varieties and so do the space saving furniture. You can get multiple benefits from the same space by using such furniture pieces.


If you have the space to do it, pull your sofa off the wall. As against the usual sofa setting against the walls of a room, you can pull it a little away and place some console behind it to make an interesting change.


Avoid the catalog look. We tend to buy most of the furniture in matching look from the same store. However, purchasing different furniture types or from different stores can bring an interesting change to the otherwise monotonous look. To personalize your space, buy unique pieces from different places. For example, pair a new sofa with a really cool, vintage coffee table from your local thrift store.


Don’t underestimate the power of draped window treatments. By hanging your curtain panels wider and higher than the actual dimensions of the window, you’ll create the look of a bigger window and make your room feel larger and grander.


Keep your backdrop (walls and furniture) neutral. This is a great tip for those who like to switch up their color schemes with pillows, candles and other small accessories. You can do this as often as you like to suit the time of year or your mood. Neutrals have come a long way, although black, white, grey and beige tones are always good standards. Don’t forget about the new neutrals, which are basically the lightest and most muted version of any color.

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