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After purchasing your new home, your remaining budget may be small, but that doesn't mean you have to postpone decorating. These projects are guaranteed to yield big results in a single afternoon without breaking your bank account.
Focus your decorating efforts and dollars on transforming one wall into a wow wall. Good candidates for this project include:
Next, apply one of the following treatments, taking the style to the next level:
Shelves can add style and function. Display photos and other keepsakes by installing shelves and ledges. Pre-made shelves are available in a range of styles, or you can combine planks and shelf brackets for a one-of-a-kind look. If you're designing shelving yourself, plan for supports every 36 inches if you're using three-quarter-inch plywood and every 28 inches if you're using particleboard.
Unroll a rug and add both comfort and style to a room. Rugs warm up wood, tile and vinyl floors, and they also work well on wall-to-wall carpeting. While a solid or textured rug tends to blend with its surroundings, a colorful or patterned rug can become the piece you build an entire room around.
Use these tips when rug shopping:
Think of a mirror as functional art. It makes a room feel bigger, brighter and just a bit glamorous. For your first mirror purchase, choose a rectangle with a classic frame. It will work in several rooms and hang vertically or horizontally as your needs change.