Frugal Ways to Spice Up a Room

Once you’ve been living in the same home for a number of years you can start to get bored.  Looking at the same furniture and décor year after year will have you yearning to switch things up. Unfortunately, any kind of remodeling or redecorating job will quickly get expensive and you certainly don’t want to spend an arm and a leg every couple of years.

But have no fear my frugal friend, there are plenty of ways to give an old room new life without breaking the bank.

Put a New Paintjob on Things

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, consider repainting the room in a new color. For a minimal amount of money you can completely change the look and feel of a room.  We recently repainted our family room and now it feels like a completely different room.

Plan on spending about thirty dollars for a good can of paint (you can buy the cheaper stuff but remember you get what you pay for) and for an average room you’ll need two or three cans.  That’s about a hundred bucks for the paint.

If you don’t already have other painting supplies on hand from previous jobs you’ll need those in too.  Add the expense of some brushes, rollers, buckets, drop cloths, and other supplies to the cost of the paint and you’re looking at about $150.

Add Some Curtains

As a guy I never really gave much thought to curtains.  I’d be perfectly happy with the clean look of a bare window and venetian blinds.  But my wife couldn’t disagree more so she recently picked up some inexpensive window valances for our living room and I must say I do like the way it looks.  That little bit of a woman’s touch makes the room feel much more warm and friendly, and it only cost about $50 to do all four windows.

Throw Down a New Rug

Wall to wall carpeting is not cheap and can easily run you a thousand dollars for a good sized room.  Instead, consider an inexpensive throw rug.  We have hard wood floors in our living room but we wanted to mix things up a little, so we picked up an 8’ x 10’ rug at Costco for only $89.  It’s nothing fancy but it adds a pop of color and also lessens the noise of three little kids running through the house.

Finishing Touches

Check out garage sales for inexpensive knick knacks and artwork to add some flair to your room.  Swap out plain light switch and wall receptacle covers for something more fancy like a bright brass or brushed nickel. Add a border around the top edge of the wall near the ceiling.  Install a new light fixture.  Or just rearrange the furniture to create a while new flow.

As you can see, there are many ways to give a room a completely new look without spending a fortune.  Do you have any frugal tips for redecorating?

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