5 Quick -- and Cheap! -- Decorating Ideas

Though not all trends are worth following, some are great. By incorporating at least one into your decor, you can create a fresh, updated look for your home. The key is to know how to incorporate decorating trends without wasting your time and money. Here are a few rules of thumb:

Follow one trend at a time.
There are always many decorating fashions to choose from. It is impossible to achieve all of them simultaneously without reflecting a split-personality decor. Select one or two that you like. When you limit which fashions you follow, incorporating them into your home becomes a lot easier.

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Build upon your existing decor.
Definitely do not eliminate your furniture and substitute it with new furniture just because you want to go with the latest fad. By next season, your bright red modern couch could be old news. Instead, try inexpensive accessories such as pillows, picture frames, vases, plates or lamps. If you don't want to get rid of old accessories but are looking for a change, store the accessories you are temporarily replacing, because they most likely will return in the future.

Don't overdo it.
A little bit goes a long way. It is important to be cautious of how far you pursue a fashion. For example, faux animal prints have been hot for several seasons. A few inexpensive faux animal print pillows will capture that look tastefully without breaking the bank. On the other hand, a faux animal print upholstered couch, pillows and area rug are too much of a good thing. Plus, it is much easier and less expensive to invest in pillows than in reupholstering a couch.

Be creative.
Follow the easiest, most inexpensive avenue. For example, lemon yellow is an accent color in this year's new color palette. You can incorporate it by buying a bag of lemons at your grocery store. Place the lemons in a bowl and place it on your coffee or dining table. Voila!

Don't go crazy with paint.
If aquatic blue is the latest "in" color, do not paint your entire house interior in this color. Although painting is probably the most inexpensive decorating project and yields the most impact, it is time consuming. Start by painting one room or buy some pillows or a vase in the new color instead of painting everything.

Here's what's hot in the decorating world this spring:

  • Tropical color palette: lush leaf greens and aquatic blues with punches of bright pink and corals or lemon yellow
  • Chunkier, heavier, more primitive furniture
  • Dark wood, bamboo and whitewashed metal furniture
  • Tailored slipcovers
  • Sisal rugs
  • Influences from Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Africa
  • Brushed gold, pewter and tarnished copper
  • Silver is becoming more popular than gold
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