Frugal Decorating Ideas

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For some of us it's a matter of time, or a lack of confidence in our personal tastes; for others, it's the financial burden. But for whatever reason, home decorating can be overwhelming. While on the simplest level, decorating is about applying your tastes and sensibilities to your home environment, creating a comfortable atmosphere for your family and guests is also an ongoing process. Home décor trends, your personal taste, and even the uses and requirements of each room can change over time.

In that spirit, this article will highlight some fun and easy techniques for changing things up in a way that won't hurt your pocketbook. We'll move from room to room looking at different ways to save money, reuse, refurbish and create fun looks and uses for your rooms that will keep you out of the decorating doldrums when you've gotten tired of the same-old, same-old.

Ultimately, redecorating is a way of telling the story of your house and family, and that isn't a story that ever stops growing and changing: The best way to stay on it is to remove the parts that stress you out, so that your home spaces remain as dynamic and beautiful as you want them to be.