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Inexpensive/Frugal Ideas for Updating Your House

Updated on May 31, 2011
You can see here the neutral color on the walls, the basic black leather chair and the addition of color, texture and patterns in the curtains.
You can see here the neutral color on the walls, the basic black leather chair and the addition of color, texture and patterns in the curtains.

Styles are constantly changing and can be expensive to keep up with. When we moved into our current home, we bought it from the original owners - who had lived here 35 years. During that time I don't think they ever updated the style or redid anything. We could have sunk tens of thousands of dollars into the house updating it right from the start. Instead we have opted to go a less expensive route. Updating a home does not have to cost a fortune. Here are some tips to bring your home's style current - while working within a budget.

First get rid of anything that truly dates the home. Harvest gold wallpaper from the 1970's was the first to come down - well after the swinging saloon doors anyway. Getting rid of the really outdated things immediately helped to bring the home into the 21st century the fastest.

Second, bring in some neutral colors. We have slowly painted each room a neutral color - some pale green, some taupe. Neutral might sound boring, but it allows for a basic backdrop in which you can add accessories to brighten it up or add the pop you are looking for. By keeping the floors and walls basic it allows for any and all styles of accessories.

Third, accessories are cheaper to change. As styles change over the years, you can easily and inexpensively change the style of your home by changing the accessories. You can even change things based on the season to keep things interesting and up to date. For instance I have several different wreaths that I hang over my fire place depending on the season.

Fourth, look for classic styles of furniture that have stood the test of time. A solid wooden table or brown leather chair, for example. Make sure it is good quality and it will last a long time. Basic pieces in a classic style will always look in style and with up-to-date accessories can be used to decorate a home for years. Spending the money on good quality pieces to be the anchors in your home is much less expensive than buying poor quality, super trendy pieces that need to be replaced each year.

While it might seem overwhelming to try to change a home's style it doesn't have to be. Keep the main, more expensive things basic and spice it up with easily changeable accessories. Then you can change the entire feel of the home in a short period of time for little money.


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    • Carol Micheals profile image

      Carol Micheals 

      7 years ago

      Voted up and I found this Hub to be useful too. The tricks on decorating will be handy for future projects. Thanks.

    • HealthyHanna profile image


      7 years ago from Utah

      Great Tips. What I need is a friend with an artistic eye. The accents are hard for me to pick out.

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      7 years ago

      Super hub and some great ideas.

    • fucsia profile image


      7 years ago

      Great advice!

      In my home there are some old furnitures that along with some modern ones create a particularly style that I like very much and they have more light...

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I like your advice for redecorating. Our home needs to have some work to upgrade it and I'll keep your suggestions in mind. Rated up!

    • shanaya profile image


      7 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Dear Jennifer Ma'am! Very Useful HUB and worth getting Bookmarked.


      With LOVE


    • Paradise7 profile image


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      My sister in Florida bought a house. She said the kitchen was from the 70's, that awful avacado green all over the place. That kitchen and the bathrooms were the most expensive to redo; the rest of the house, she did herself, a bit at a time; painting, wallpapering, and taking the baseboards back to the original wood, things like that.

      Good hub. Thank you.


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