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6 cheap ways to update your home without spending a lot | Fresh Red Head

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Sometimes you want to give your space a lift without spending a lot.  Here are 6 quickie ideas that will brighten your space without breaking the bank.  

1. Fresh flowers – these days you can find inexpensive bouquets at the grocery store or farmers market.  One of my favorites is the classic orchid.  You can buy some very reasonable containers and rotate them out when the orchid looses its blooms – which can last for several months with the right care.  I put ice cubes in the container every few days to give them a nice slow soaking.

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2.  Candles are easy to find in a variety of colors, sizes and prices.  You can use a simple round plate and cluster a variety of pillar candles or use a longer rectangle dish with 3 candles for a different look.  I also like to mix a variety of holders and candle styles in the same grouping.  Generally I stick to cream or white because I like the simplicity and it unifies the different holders for a classic look.  Candles also are a great makeover for you too.  Everyone looks better in candle light and at night everything glows and your home looks great.







3. Pillows are an easy way to update your home. They can be expensive if you have them custom made and for the right interiors are worth it, but if you just want a quick update your can find some great options at your local discount stores or even at Target.

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4. Cheap Art -I am passionate about art and love to find that great original piece from a cool artist but sometimes you just need an inexpensive, quick fix.  Try framing a great picture from a magazine, an interesting card or even several pages from a book.  You can find interesting frames with the matt included at hobby stores and discount stores.  This is a great option for a guest room or a space that you want to look pulled together but don’t want to invest a lot in.

5. A New Light – A simple but easy change is to switch out all your light bulbs.  A softer, color corrected bulb like GE Reveal with a bright clean light is a great choice.  Colors are cleaner crisper and the more flattering light will give you an instant lift.

6. Rearrange – Perhaps the cheapest transformation is to rearrange your furniture and your art work.  Take all of your artwork off the walls and bring it all together in one room.  Try pairing some pieces that were in different rooms or move them to different spaces. Take the living room rug up and move it into the dining room.  Switch which side of the room the sofa goes on…. Moving around a few pieces and you will find your whole perception of your home has changed and all it took was a little sweat equity.

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