Tips for Updating Home Decor — Without Breaking the Bank

It can be so easy to become overwhelmed with the endless to-do lists that the holidays bring. But don’t skip on your home decorating because it can seem like a luxury that you don’t have time to accomplish. Instead, try a few of these easy tips that make home decorating an easy thing to check off the list and enjoy the rewards of your efforts!

Small Space Decorating

When space is in short supply (think small apartment or tiny bungalow), functional furniture that’s scaled to fit is a must. A corner desk uses less wall space while fulfilling your needs and a storage ottoman can help declutter a room as it adds extra seating. The key is to avoid both oversized furniture and filling the room with too many pieces.

Window Treatments

Give Your Window Treatments a Face Lift

Have your window treatments, curtains, valances and cornices seen better days? Maybe it’s time for some inspiration. Window treatments set the mood for a room as well as provide protection from the sun. Giving your windows a fresh look is easier than ever.

Electric Fireplace

Fireplace Display

Don’t miss this opportunity to cozy up your home for winter. You can add an electric fireplace to any room of your home. Nothing beats the warm and comforting glow of a fireplace. A fireplace provides a lovely place to showcase greenery (silk or real), family photos or a collection of candles.

Large Area Rug

Double Duty Decorating

Some furnishings can serve dual purposes. For example, an eye-catching rug can dress up a wall, and a wreath can be laid on a table can serve as the base for a centerpiece. Challenge yourself to find ways to step away from the ordinary — double the use, double the decorating impact.

Table Runner

Formal Table Setting

Start with a tablecloth or table runner to bring in seasonal colors. Build each place setting in this order (from the bottom up): charger, dinner plate and salad plate or soup bowl. Place the flatware in the order of use starting on the outside of the charger and working your way inward (forks on the left, knives and spoons on the right). Add fun elements such as dessert pedestals, place cards and colorful glassware.