In today’s struggling economy, everyone is looking for ways to save money. You and your family are probably trying to save money, too. Some families have all but stopped going to restaurants entirely, preferring to save money by cooking instead. (And you know, this is good for you and your family’s health as well as cooking is always healthier than dining out.) Other people are saving money by buying everything in bulk at stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. After all everything from toilet paper to ketchup to toothpaste is cheaper if you buy it in enormous quantities. There are a lot of ways to save money, and these are just a couple. But some people think that saving money means that you can’t do the things you want. Those people are wrong.
Redecorating your home is a great way to make a positive change in your life. You spend a lot of time there, so your home should be comfortable and uplifting. Whether you are cooking in the kitchen, sleeping in your bedroom, or watching television on the couch, being in a room that you love makes you happy. If you have been thinking about redecorating your TV room, but don’t know how to do it on a budget, keep reading for some money saving tips for decorating your television room with modern home decor.
TIP #1 – Liven up the room with plants.
You might be surprised by how relatively inexpensive plants are to buy. They come in all sizes and are available in a variety of colors and sizes. You can find plants that thrive in direct sunlight and plants that need shady areas. There are plants that need to be watered everyday, and others that only need water once a month. There is essentially a plant for any room or person. And even better: plants are good for your health because they take carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen.
TIP #2 – Reuse the fabric from your drapes.
If your drapes are started to look a little raggedy, it might be time to replace them. And while new drapes do require spending money, you can save money on the other end by repurposing your drapes into other things. For example, if your drapes are fraying at the ends, but the rest of them still look okay, you can use the fabric to make new pillows or to reupholster some stools.
TIP #3 – Paint your entertainment center or TV mount.
What do you keep your television on? If you have a large entertainment center, it is likely the centerpiece of your room. Replacing an entertainment center can be expensive, so you might want to try to just make the one you have look like a new one. You can easily do that, depending on the material it is made of. If it is wooden, you can coat it in primer and then repaint it in a new color.
TIP #4 – Keep your eye on the Craigslist “free” section and other websites.
You might be surprised by the high quality furniture and décor that people give away on websites like Craigslist. Often these people are moving and just need to get rid of everything fast. There is no reason why you shouldn’t benefit from their last minute need to empty their apartments! When you go to the person’s home to check out the furniture, make sure the furniture is clean and sturdy. Feel free to have a change of heart if you don’t feel comfortable with the transaction.
TIP #5 – Sell your old stuff and donate what you can’t sell.
If you are getting rid of some of the décor you are tired of, there is no reason that you should simply throw it away. Anything in decent condition should be sold. Why not make a little bit of money off of your old furniture? You can put it towards new décor! If you don’t think something is sellable, or you tried and couldn’t find a buyer, then donate the furniture to a local Goodwill or Salvation Army. That way, you can at least get a tax write off for the donation!
TIP #6 – Repaint the room.
If you only have the patience and/or the budget to change one thing in your TV room, consider repainting the walls. Repainting can be done on the cheap and without hiring professionals. Pick a color yourself at the local hardware store, and be sure to test it in the room in different lights and at different times of day. You can repaint an entire room in one day for under $100, depending on the paint brand. (Try an eco-friendly paint brand that won’t put toxins and chemicals into your home and local environment.)
Writer Bio: Patrick O’Houlihan writes about saving money on modern home décor and also reviews home décor products like mini blinds.
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