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Great decorating doesn't have to cost a fortune -- in fact it doesn't have to cost anything! Use these FREE decorating solutions to give your space a whole new look.
Problem: You can't put holes in your walls
Solution: Skip the drama of a hammer and nails and prop framed mirrors against a wall. A large mirror serves many functions in a room. With a beautiful frame it becomes impactful art. When angled against the wall, it tricks the mind into thinking the ceiling line is even higher than it is. When it reflects light, it brightens the space and provides the illusion of an extra window.
Problem: Not enough accessories
Solution: Don't let your refrigerator have all the fun! Put colorful fruit on display in glass jars or footed glass bowls. Choose the long-lasting fruits of the season for a colorful, affordable, and delicious display. Oranges, lemons, and limes add a refreshing touch to spring or summer decorating. Apples are a great choice for fall or winter.
Problem: Blah displays
Solution: Odd-number groupings are more interesting than evens. Display frames or objects in threes or fives for an eye-pleasing arrangement.
Problem: You're a sentimental fool
Solution: Greeting cards are little pieces of artwork. Make a no-cost display from all the birthday and holiday greetings you've collected by tossing them into a decorative bowl. For an added bonus, when you're having a bad day just pull a card from the bowl and read for an instant boost.
Problem: Stacks and stacks of books in the living room
Solution: Put your books to use. Turn a stack of books into a side table by placing a tray on top. When it's time to read just pull a book from the stack.
Problem: Standard-issue accessories
Solution: Why spend lots of money on accents when you can find beautiful pieces just by stepping out your front door? Tall birch tree limbs become art when propped against the wall. These homeowners even turned one into a floor lamp by using a lamp kit and adding a shade. Also consider driftwood branches, twigs in tall vases, or bowls of rocks and shells.
Problem: Plain upholstery
Solution: Dress up plain chairs by adding a colorful scarf or fabric runner. This is an easy way to add color to a room. You can change it on a whim or with the seasons.
Problem: Your refrigerator door is overflowing
Solution: Liberate the front of your refrigerator with a corkboard. Fill the board with pages torn from your favorite magazine, postcards, children's artwork, and photographs. This doesn't require any special arranging; just keep adding images until the board is full.
Problem: Outdated headboard
Solution: Add interest to a cold, old headboard by draping a panel of pretty fabric over it. Cut to size and tuck the ends under the mattress to help it stay in place.
Problem: Tangled jewelry
Solution: You use your jewelry to dress up your outfit. Now use it to dress up your walls. Turn the tangle of jewelry in your jewelry box into artwork. Use frames or shadow boxes to group pieces together. Not only will your walls sparkle, but you'll be more likely to wear pieces because you see them on a regular basis.
Problem: Your bathroom lacks accents
Solution: Towels are a bathroom necessity. But with clever arranging they can also become a bathroom accessory. Choose towels in multiple colors and layer them to add splashes of color. Show off other bathroom essentials, such as soaps and lotions, for fun and functional decorating.