budget decorating tips

Posted on May 29, 2007

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tiny housesHere are some straightforward, seriously cheap tips for making your home more beautiful, from Kathy Wilson writing for Homestore.com. Even people on brutally tight budgets can use some of these tips, starting right now. No, I don’t mean after a trip to the cash machine and Canadian Tire: I mean Right. Now.

You deserve to live in a place that makes you feel comfortable and happy, and you can take action to make it more like that today.

Especially if you know that paint stores sell mis-tints for about a quarter of the regular cost of paint. Just keep swinging by until they’ve got a colour you like and drop five bucks on a bucket of colour and some brushes. Anyone who’s ever painted a room knows how incredibly satisfying it can be once it’s done, and it’s mostly the prep work that takes the time. Painting itself is meditative, and if you clean the brushes properly they can be used many times.

But enough from me: General Paint has yet to mis-tint the particular shade of aqua I’m looking for, and I’m holding out.

Go to the Homestore site to read the details in full, but here are just the bare tips themselves:

  • make a plan
  • paint
  • find free inspiration (books, magazines, the internet)
  • move things
  • use what ya got
  • start BIG
  • fake it
  • be resourceful
  • give your house personality (yours!)
  • let your entryway set the stage
  • Start Now!

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