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"Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Here are some of Real Simple's budget decor ideas.

 

Hang a collection of like items.

 

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Add fresh flowers.

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Mix materials and textures.

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Create new roles (repurpose).

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Sprinkle in bold prints.

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Use transparent tables in a small space.

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Group like items.

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Add a pattern to the floor.

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Choose style and function, like a lovely lamp.

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Divide a large space.

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Use long lines for a minimalist look.

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Lead the eye to key pieces through pattern.

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Add color to the walls.

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Choose furniture that completes your look.

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Use furniture for different purposes.

 

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Add pops of color to neutral backgrounds.

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Use mirrors to add light.

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Add dimension to walls.

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Use comfortable pieces.

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Experiment with inexpensive fabrics, like burlap.

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Incorporate statement pieces.

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Use double duty pieces, like a sofabed.

 

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Add symmetry to your arrangement.

 

Add an odd number of pillows for modern style, or an even number of pillows for a traditional look.

 

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Create a conversation area near a window.

 

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Use rich colors against a white background.

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Add fanciful wall art to balance plain furnishings.

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Use brightly patterned pillows against a neutral sofa.

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Use light fabrics to balance large furniture pieces.

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Go modern with bright colors and fuss free pieces.

 

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Turn a luggage rack into a side table.

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Embrace color.

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Use calming colors for a serene palette.

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Incorporate travel into your decor.

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Balance wood floors with blues and greens.

 

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Add a few large throw pillows instead of several smaller ones.

 

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Choose bold prints to pop furniture.

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Use lighting to make a reading nook at the edge of a sofa.

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Use simple furniture if the accessories are "busy."

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Keep patterns tied together with color.

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

The next series of "hacks" are from House Beautiful.

 

If you do nothing at all to a "tired" room, change your wall color.

 

Try a different layout.

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Re: "Real Simple" Budget Decor Tricks

Update your tabletop.

 

 

Swap out your throw pillows.