Money is tight these days, but that’s certainly no reason to let your home get messy and unappealing to your own eye. Decorating and basic home improvement tasks don’t ever have to be expensive. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of things you can do for free or with very little money.

Start By Getting Rid of the Clutter

Clutter is messy and can make your home look awful, especially if you have limited space. Clean out the things you don’t need and either donate them or have a yard sale. The money you earn from your yard sale can even be put towards your decorating expenses later on. Utilize storage bins, tones, and other space-saving containers to make your shelves and closets look neat and organized.

Painting Your Home

Paint is a relatively inexpensive method of sprucing up a home. Changing the color of your living room can make it look like an entirely different place. Paint will cover up stains from old age or even wear and tear. Make one room a couple of shades darker or a different color to create an interesting focal point. You may even consider looking at sites like Trademark Hardware for lite kits you can use to open up the spaces between rooms for more lighting and a brighter appeal. Light, combined with paint, can really warm up a room.

Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures

Consider replacing the fixtures in your bathroom and kitchen. You don’t have to go nuts. Just look at the faucets and lighting fixtures, to start with. A simple lighting upgrade can make a huge difference in any room and your faucets or showerheads, while they can be cleaned with lime removers, may just need to be upgraded.

Cabinet Overhauls

Actually, you don’t need to overhaul the entire cabinet. Sometimes simply changing the handles and knobs can make the room look like a different place. Find handles and knobs that match the style of your kitchen and you won’t have to do any other cabinetwork!

Brighten Each Room with Color

You don’t necessarily have to paint to add color to a room. Using colorful throw rugs, couch covers, or throw pillows can make a huge difference. Even your flower vases can add color to the room. Does your bathroom have rugs, shower curtains, and towels that match or have complimenting colors? You can do a ton with accents and decorative items!

Decorating and sprucing up your home doesn’t have to break the bank. You can do quite a bit with yard sale finds, estate sale finds, and even the low-cost items you can find in a lot of today’s department stores. Use your imagination and keep your home tidy and you’ll never be disappointed!

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