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Redesign On A Budget
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Redesigning your home doesn't have to be an expensive, overwhelming process. In fact, there are so many ways to turn your home into an easy functioning, eye pleasing space without putting an enormous dent in your bank account. All it takes is a little creativity and effort, as well as some helpful tips. Consider the following suggestions:

Wall Design Techniques:

Design techniques for walls have transcended beyond a simple paint job and into creative methods which include drywall textures, faux painting and unique wall coverings. Retexturing your walls a can bring a fresh, modern appeal to your home. Also, faux painting allows you to imitate many popular textures and finishes giving you the expensive appeal you want, without the additional cost.

Create New Focal Points:

Make your home more functional and useful by turning dull rooms into home offices or a place to showcase china and art. The possibilities are endless. Always keep in mind that even though your house may have been originally designed with certain purposes in mind for each room, you always have the option of turning any room into a space that works better for your lifestyle.

Working with Art:

Most homeowners don't realize that within their walls they already have the master pieces of art to enhance their home's interior. Consider using Mother Nature (botanicals), your camera, and free art such as pictures from calendars to spice up a room. Also, it doesn't have to be a picture for you to hang it up. Plates, flags, hats, games, and toys can all be hung on a wall. Use your imagination!

In addition, it is a great idea to take pictures, antiques, and other pieces of art that you have collected over the years and carefully consider the places in which to hang and place them. Location of art is essential to redefining a room. For example, hanging pictures low on the wall and surrounding furniture and light fixtures can really make a room stand out more.

Furnishings:

Find the furnishings that suit your style and budget by checking out consignment stores, trades, model home sales, and clearance outlets. You'll be amazed what wonderful stuff you can find without spending and arm and leg.

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