Budget Home Decorating

by Kathy Wilson

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Home decorating can be challenging enough as it is, and then you add a tight budget to the mix! Many wonder how they can master budget home decorating and if it's even possible. Here are the top three budget home decorating problems and their solutions.

Problem 1: Can I decorate my home on a budget without making it look cheap or tacky? I can't afford to do much, but I want a nice home just as much as the next person!

Absolutely. Budget does not mean cheap! It means you need to take some steps to ensure you aren't putting your family's financial well being on the line while you decorate your home. It means making wise decisions and following a plan. And it means using creativity and elbow grease, not bucks! We've all seen those home decorating TV shows and the miracles they can do on $1000 a room. What if you could do a whole room like that for $100? $50? Sounding better, huh?

Problem 2: I am not artistic or creative. I can't see how I can do this without a lot of money.

Everyone has creativity within him/her. You only need to find out why you've been hiding it so long. First of all, there are a lot of great resources out there for those decorating on a budget. Check out your library for home decorating books, walk through model homes with a notebook, and visit websites like The Budget Decorator for endless decorating ideas. Once you get inspired by other's ideas, you will be surprised at how freely your own ideas start to flow. Keep in mind that few decorating projects can't be undone, so don't be afraid to try new things, especially when all your projects are done using very little cash!

Problem 3: I don't know where to get started, so nothing ever changes. I just feel overwhelmed at the prospect of decorating and am afraid to move forward.

You need help and you need confidence! First, start by picking a small room to decorate. For instance, start with a powder room. Choose a theme for the room, such as "Country Style Blue and Yellow Bath." Your theme gives you a "mission statement" and allows you to make decisions based upon it. You will know that everything you choose for the room needs to fit within your theme. This will save you a lot of money and time in the long run, and help you to build skills and confidence. Make a plan, and start with the walls. They have the biggest impact in the shortest time. Once you see the difference one small change can make, you will be on your way!

Kathy Wilson is a home and garden writer, author and consultant and is the home decorating expert for LifetimeTV.com. Visit her for more home and garden ideas at www.TheBudgetDecorator.com and www.TheGardenGlove.com.

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