Inexpensive ways to update your home

Some people are constantly looking for ways to keep their home décor (or their house in general) up-to-date with current trends. This isn’t to say that you want to make over your entire domicile on a seasonal or even annual basis. But you can certainly add and subtract small items frequently to keep the décor fresh, and even do a few major projects here and there in order to add value to your home while making it more beautiful and functional. So if you’re on the prowl for a few simple and inexpensive ways to make the modern home you’ve always wanted, here are some tips and tricks that will help you to take advantage of the trends of today (and tomorrow).

The best place to start is with color. You are probably drawn to certain families of color (warm or cool, for example), or even particular hues. But color trends change frequently and if you fail to account for that you could end up at an outdated end of the spectrum when it comes to the shades featured in your interior. Most people make a point of eradicating colors from another era when they first move into a home, which is why you’ll rarely encounter the orange and avocado shades that dominated the ’70s or the desert pastels that were popular in the ’80s. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll choose hues that are relevant today. You may be drawn to color palettes from years past despite your best intentions. So take the time to pick up some design magazines or look on interior design websites to see which colors and color combinations are trendy now. Then select the best fit for your particular interior aesthetic.

Once you’ve got a color palette in mind it’s time to look at the overall design of your home and how your furnishings fit in. For example, you may lean towards French antiquity when it comes to furniture, but if you live in post-modern dwelling or a third-story walk-up, these bulky and over-embellished pieces simply may not fit in (either aesthetically or actually – they may not fit through the front door). Of course, you might not be too keen to replace every piece of furniture you own, especially if you’re on a budget, but over time you can certainly make your décor match the design style of your structure, and you can save money doing it.

One great option is to shop online, where you can find all kinds of items at discounted prices, take advantage of coupon codes and sales, and even check auction sites like eBay for specific items. But you may also want to check out online classified ads like Craigslist that help you to find second-hand furniture and accessories in your area at a fraction of the cost of new (and without the need to go from one yard sale to the next in search of these items). You could find everything you need to outfit your home in style, from rugs and Venetian blinds, to sofas and chairs, to chandeliers, candlesticks, and picture frames. Although you may have to give these items a little TLC in order to make them look like new again, they can add some much-needed style to your home. And in addition to saving you money while you update your space, they will also help to cut back on the production of consumer goods, as well as items sent to the landfill, meaning they’re also eco-friendly.


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