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Just the sound of “home makeover” is enough to make some people cringe. The idea of spending lots of time and money painting the house, shopping for new furniture, and replacing the carpet is not something many people want to do during their free time.
But not every home makeover has to be so exhausting. In fact, there are many small alterations and additions you can make to your home that have big results for very little money and effort. If your home is in need of a new look, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to do it, then try these six simple ways to give your home a makeover for cheap.
1. Paint the furniture.
An easy way to shake up a room is to paint your furniture. Go bold with a red accent piece or lighten up the room with a white finish. You can also skip the paint altogether and opt for a simple stain. The color options are endless and the cost for this project is fairly cheap.
2. Add indoor plants.
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. 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. Continue reading »
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey
We’ve assembled a team of experts to bring you the latest trends in green building, staging, remodeling, design psychology and more.
Some of our blogging experts include Christine Rae, author of “Home Staging for Dummies” (Wiley, 2008); Constance Forrest, PsyD, and Susan Painter, PsyD, founders of the field of design psychology; Erik Fowler, one of the first recipients of the National Association of REALTORS®’ GREEN designation; and Filomena Thompson, executive director of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Mid-Maryland and Greater Baltimore chapters.
We also encourage you to send us your stories! We want to hear your insights, opinions and expertise on home design. Post comments to the blog entries or volunteer to serve as a guest blogger and share with us your knowledge of a new design trend or a story of a recent home makeover.
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