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Cheap and Easy Decorating

Updated on September 10, 2016

How to Get That Model Home Look

If you want to get your home looking like a model for that special dinner party or for sale or just because, I'll share with you my personal list of cheap and easy tips.

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Clean House

If you do only one thing, do this. Hide your junk or get rid of it. This is another one of those cases is where less is more.

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Color Your World

Decide on a color scheme of 2 or 3 complimentary hues and stick with it. A safe play is to go with neutral furniture, but punctuate the accessories with splashes of color.

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Cover the Walls

Add a fresh coat of paint, either in a neutral tone or within the color scheme you just decided upon. I, myself, love red walls, but until the day they make temporary paint, I think most people out there will feel more comfortable with something safer. Either way, adding even a hint of color can drastically change a room's look. Many paint manufacturers now allow you to upload a room photo yourself and virtually paint it in different colors so you can see the effects before you buy. One new cost-effective trend is dressing a wall up with removable wall graphics. Blik makes a number of fun designs.

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Create a Focal Point

Add some accent furniture. You can find cheap cool stuff from the classifieds, garage sales, Pier One, Ross, West Elm, and even the big box stores.

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Finishing Touches

Also add a few objets d'arte. Coral/seashells, a few coffee table books, patterned pillows, live or fake plants are all good bets. Potted orchids and tropicals are especially chic and last a long time too.

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If your house will be seen at night...

Add some mood lighting. If your budget permits, replace ugly overheads with directional lights or a nice pendant lamp. Otherwise rice paper lanterns are cheap and pretty. Or go for all-out drama with plenty of candles placed in groups around the room.

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