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Want to make a bold statement but not interested in following the "feature wall" trend? Pick up a few basic -- and inexpensive -- picture frames in black from West Elm. Then, buy a whole selection of patterned wrapping paper (yes, the kind you use to wrap presents!) to frame. It's an easy and interesting way to add a bit of oomph to an otherwise standard-looking wall.
2 Throw pillows
It is always a wise investment to buy furniture in neutral shades because the classic look will never go out of style; but, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice fashion for function. Throw pillows are an excellent way to bring current design trends into your home without breaking the bank. Our advice? Opt for a selection of pillows in different sizes, patterns and textures. We love these from Crate & Barrel, shown here.
3 Cheap chic
If buying new furniture pieces isn't in your financial future, there are ways to tweak your home decor by making it look like you went on a massive shopping spree. Slipcovers, like this one from Pottery Barn, are not only an economical way to switch up your colour palette, but they're also incredibly easy to install on your couch -- and most are machine washable! Depending on your mood, you can switch the slips to suit your fancy.
Beyond creating a very romantic mood in your home, candles are an easy way to make your environment more pleasing to the eye. Don't be a slave to symmetry; buy candles in all shapes and sizes from pillars to tea lights. As well, choose your colour palette by season: Autumnal burgundies and browns for the colder months, peaches and pastels for summertime.This bright saffron-coloured candle from Bombay is also available in a variety of other colours.
5 Destination dining
Forget about your Mom's staid china collection; these days dishware designs are fun, trendy and definite conversation starters. Reinvent the familiar by choosing a collection that is based on theme, like the ones at Rosanna Inc. The Bon Voyage collection feature porcelain plates emblazoned with some of the world's most romantic locales, from Paris to Venice. Spend your next dinner party sipping champagne and reminiscing about past travels or dreaming of future destinations; your guests will love it.
Decorating & Design - Budget
A cheap and cheery makeover
Revamping your home decor doesn't have to cost you a bundle. Inject a little colour into your design scheme with our top 10 ways for a cheap and cheery makeover that's still chic!
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- Page 1: Frames, throws and beautiful new dishware
- Page 2: Paper lanterns, indoor gardens and area rugs