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1. Paint or Refinish Furniture

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This can make such a huge impact to how a room looks. Transform a piece that you already own or have a blast scouring local flea markets and second-hand stores for cheap buys. These pieces can be restored for pennies on the dollar. You can also pick up inexpensive pieces of accent furniture, like book shelves or tables, at a local big-box store (i.e. Target , K-Mart, Kohl’s, Wal Mart) and customize these however you like.

I really love a distressed or antiqued, shabby chic look so I include a lot of examples of this effect below in my gallery, but, on the flip side, re-staining or giving furniture an even, fresh coat of paint will breathe new life into your furniture pieces, making it look like you just bought them.

Another fun thing to try when refinishing furniture is stenciling or papering. If you’ve ever been to a craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby, you know that the design possibilities are practically limitless; you can customize your furniture pieces so they look like one-of-a-kind works of art and no one will guess how little it probably cost you.

2. Add Indoor Plants or Flowers

It’s amazing how much a simple plant or two can dress up a room and add an unexpected pop of color. Not only do real indoor plants purify the air inside your house, but they also bring a remarkable amount of life to any room.

Try to aim for low maintenance plants that have a variety of colors and textures and can be displayed in unique ways, like inside a non-working fireplace.

Fresh bouquets of flowers will also add a nice touch to any room, even though you will have to replace them fairly often. I think flowers automatically add drama and happiness to a room. And, since they only last a week or so, you can change the feel of your room according to season or color scheme by just changing your choice of bouquet or arrangement. You can do this with silk flowers too but these lack the organic beauty of their fresh counterparts.

If you have allergies or just want to avoid having to replace fresh flowers every week or so, make sure you buy high-quality silks. You may also want to have them professionally arranged. The initial cost may be a little higher, but it will be worth it in the long run.

3. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

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A cheap and easy way to spice up a dull room is to accessorize with colorful pieces, such as throw pillows for the couch, bold frames, or an eye-catching mirror. To keep it affordable, use the items you’ve already got or restore them with a new coat of paint, new fabric/upholstery, or embellishments.

You can also find cheap accessories at antique shops, flea markets, discount stores, and thrift stores. I’m a big clearance shopper and you can always find great accessories this way, especially at the end of a season. Stock up and keep seasonal accessories stored away until you need them.

Get creative and change up or rotate your accessories a few times a year to update the look of your home. This works great during holidays. You can also create mini-themes with your accessories that may work all year round or that can easily be changed out as the seasons change. Explore how themes such as springtime/summertime, the beach, your family, your faith, etc…might fit in with your current interests or décor and run with them.

Follow these 5 rules when accessorizing your home:

1.  Create Vignettes

2.  Pay Attention to Proportion & Scale

3.  Try Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Groupings

4.  Make it Special or Meaningful to You

5.  BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!

I think a major change to the appearance of a room can be changing out the throw pillows so I am highlighting this idea specifically because it’s fairly inexpensive and so much fun to play around with. You’d be surprised how drastic of a change pillows can make to the overall feel of a room. Check out the below photo gallery and have fun coming up with your own colorful collection of pillows.

4. Create a Beautiful Accent Wall

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An accent wall is a fun way to take any room from blah to beautiful in a matter of hours. These walls can make your home appear bigger and brighter than before. They also make it easier to tie in accessories and/or pops of color in your decorating because they can serve the purpose of pulling everything in a room together so your accessories make sense.

You can use paint, wallpaper, stone veneer, stencils, brick, tile, vinyl art, paneling, beadboard, mouldings, etc…these walls can be as simple or as decorative as your taste dictates. You are only limited by your imagination.

5. Rearrange the Furniture Arrangement

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Before you go buy new furniture or start knocking down walls, try rearranging your furniture first.

Move your bed to another wall, reposition your couches, and switch up your artwork. With the right rearrangements, your room will feel and look brand new to you and your guests. Best of all, this makeover probably won’t cost you much, except for maybe an achy back after moving heavy furniture.

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6. Organize Your Spaces

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Organizing your clutter may not sound like much of a makeover, but it actually makes a huge difference in the overall look and functionality of your home. If you’re like most people, you probably have a drawer or closet full of unorganized junk.

By going through your clutter and finding a new home for the things that are actually worth keeping, you can free up this storage space for other important items. Use the extra or unused space you may have in your home to stay organized too.

There are tons of attractive furniture options for storage as well that can spruce up a room while it’s serving it’s real purpose…keeping your stuff out of view!

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