Savvy Decor And Design Ideas Under $50 Better Homes And Gardens

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Savvy Decor And Design Ideas Under $50 Better Homes And Gardens

Convert photos you want to group on a wall to black and white or sepia tone. They’ll look more artistic and cohesive.

Hardware and farm/feed stores are my favorite places to shop. Galvanized buckets, bins, and pails make great catchalls for shoes, toys, magazines, and more. Canning jars are pretty, little organizers in a bathroom, kitchen, or office — and they make great vases, too.

— Erin Gates, interior and fashion stylist, elementsofstyleblog.com

Look for things that have character or tell a story. For example, I love pillows made from vintage grain sacks. If the real ones are too expensive, look for spin-offs; they may not be the real deal, but they’ll still have more character than a dime-a-dozen pillow.

Love the look of open shelving but not able to rip out cabinets? Remove the doors, then paint or wallpaper the backs of the cabinets with a contrasting color

Soften a bench with a blanket and some belts and get a completely different piece of furniture. Fold the blanket so it is the width of the seat. Drape over the bench and cinch in place with belts. Place the belts wide enough apart so that nobody has to sit on a belt.

My name is Gail Fedela. Yes, that’s right. It is not Gail Wright. At least, not yet! I am engaged and soon to be married to “Mr. Wright” and I am jumping the gun on the name because frankly, it just works. Wright at Home is my vision and “everything home” is my passion. My love for interior design developed when I was very young and has grown to include cooking, gardening, remodeling, party planning, holidays, you name it. Just call me your Modern Martha Stewart. (Gail Wright At Home)

Nothing adds dimension and pattern like wallpaper, but even one roll can be pricey. To cut costs, focus your project to the backs of bookshelves and use high-quality gift wrap instead of wallpaper. The paper can be applied just like wallpaper, using wallpaper paste. (If you’re noncommittal, I’ve found that double-stick tape or 3M hanging strips also work wonderfully.) At about $8 per roll, you won’t feel guilty about the little spruce-up and can change your mind later on.

Nothing adds dimension and pattern like wallpaper, but even one roll can be pricey. To cut costs, focus your project to the backs of bookshelves, and use high-quality gift wrap instead of wallpaper. The paper can be applied just like wallpaper, using wallpaper paste. (If you’re noncommittal, double-stick tape or 3M hanging strips also work wonderfully.) At about $8 per roll, you won’t feel guilty about the little spruce-up.

A new shower curtain is a simple way to update a bathroom, often the most overlooked room when it comes to decorating. A fabric curtain presents a more luxurious look than a plastic one. (Team it with a liner.) Choose colors that complement your towels and other bath linens.

Whether your desk is in the living room or a home office, ban the banal! Even the most utilitarian desktop necessities should add to your space’s glamour. Shop discount stores for colored juice glasses to use as pencil cups, contain small supplies such as a stapler and paper clips on a tray on top of a decorative box (turn it upside down), and go for the chicest stacking paper trays you can find.

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A matching bedroom set can be boring, but it’s usually the less-expensive route. So go ahead and match, then add your personal touch by painting the bed or one piece of the furniture or changing out the hardware.

A new shower curtain is a simple way to update a bathroom, often the most overlooked room when it comes to decorating. A fabric curtain presents a more luxurious look than a plastic one. (Team it with a liner behind.) Choose colors that complement your towels and other bath accessories.

Use embroidery floss to embellish a plain lampshade. To create this look, make long stitches for the vertical lines on the shade. Add V shapes in two colors and hash marks underneath.

1. DIY Botanical Prints: Scan leaves to create original (and cheap!) prints for your walls in need of a little green2. Open Cabinetry for Less: Remove your doors and paint or wallpaper the backs to create an open cabinetry look for less 3. Coffee Table Chic: A go-to formula for creating the perfect coffee table vignette 4. Skirted Table: Add a skirt to a cheap table and pull the whole room together with this timeless look

Think of a lamp and its shade as separates. Change the shade, and you have a whole new look. All you need is a yard of fabric and some fabric glue and you plain lamp instantly becomes the highlight of the room.

Your home should make a statement so pick a bold door color and paint it in a semi-gloss or gloss paint. This is a simple change that makes a dramatic difference to your curb appeal. You can even paint both the front and the back of the door so it’s beautiful on both sides.

Wall decals add instant art. Try a white decal on a colored wall or a colored decal on a white wall for extra pop!

Take your decorating outdoors. Spruce up the front step or patio with galvanized tubs turned into sleek gardens. Be sure to drill several holes in the bottom for proper drainage, and place the container where you want it before planting because it will get heavy. Bamboo and succulents are perfect choices for a galvanized tub.

Freshen kitchen cabinets with new hardware. This is an easy way to give an old kitchen a new look without breaking the bank.

Personalized drawers and cubbies make organizing easy for every member of the family. Outfit your storage solutions with do-it-yourself chalkboard labels, and allow your little ones to express their creativity freely. The hand-drawn names and illustrations function as playful works of art.

Achieve fresh style on a budget with these use-anywhere design ideas that are versatile and easy to do.

Use teapots and teacups for vases. Put flowers into several, and leave them clustered on the table as your centerpiece.

Think of a lamp and its shade as separates, just like a blazer and slacks. Change the shade, and you have a whole new look. Trending now: shades in solid colors or patterns — not white — that complement the room’s color scheme. Tip: A lampshade should be about 3/4 as tall as the lamp base. You can replace the harp (the curved metal piece that holds the shade) to get the exact height you want; find new harps at big-box hardware stores.

You only live once, so pick a bold door color and paint it with a semigloss or glossy paint. A must in my book: Paint both the front and the back of the door so it’s beautiful on both sides.

Use teapots and teacups as vases. Put fresh cut flowers into several and leave them clustered on the table as your centerpiece.

Glazed bud vases look most effective with a variety of different blooms, twigs, and leaves. Try grouping them on a tray for an instant centerpiece on a coffee table.

Use brass corners and flat brackets to dress up a plain coffee table. Look for them in the hardware aisle.

I mentioned before that I will be having a guest blogger post articles about designing on a budget, DIY decorations, organization and eating on a budget. Well today is the first one!! I am extremely excited about this! Gail is a woman I went to school with who has her own blog, Gail Wright At Home, that covers topics including cooking, party planning and money saving practices. Throughout the next few weeks Gail will be sharing some great articles that will SAVE YOU MONEY!!

Plaster busts and animal figures add a classic feel, especially if painted in a high-gloss paint. (White is an obvious paint color, but it’s also fun to try something unexpected, such as sage or black.)

Pillows are an instant and affordable way to decorate a room. Take a neutral palette and give it life with colorful fabrics and texture. Use pillows as an opportunity to accentuate a color in room or to introduce a contemporary element to a traditional room.

See the full list at Better Homes and Gardens | Savy Decor and Design Ideas Under $50. Which one do you want to try?

Refresh kitchen cabinets with new hardware. This is an easy way to give an old kitchen a new look without breaking the bank.

Create personalized art with a shadow box or “collector’s frame.” Pin in vintage family photos, memorabilia, pins, ribbons, postcards, etc., to create a story. Or pick a theme, such as a spring garden, first home, or sports moments.

Have a dining table, but need a coffee table? Cut the legs down to the right height and your living room has a brand new piece of furniture.

Give an old lamp new life. Spray-paint the base a bold, glossy color. Buy an inexpensive shade, and trim it out with grosgrain ribbon. The lamp will look 10 times more expensive than it is and be unique to your home.

Revive a tired headboard with a length of fabric. Simply cut the fabric to size, hem, and drape over the headboard for an extra pop of pattern and color in your bedroom decor.

Look for ways to elevate everyday household items. Dryer sheets, powder detergents, muffin liners — you name it — look so much better “displayed” in clear canisters than in their actual packaging. Muslin pouches can organize small collections.

Art isn’t limited to works on paper. Frame fun textiles for a unique take on wall decor. Here, a grain sack purchased on vacation adds a graphic punch to the dining room wall.

Adding nailhead trim is quick, and you only need a few supplies. Watch and learn the tricks to doing it right.

— Elaine Griffin, interior designer and Better Homes and Gardens makeover maven, elainegriffin.com

Convert photos you want to group on a wall to all black-and-white photos. They’ll look more artistic, dramatic, and cohesive.

Watch and see how easy it is to style a magazine-worthy coffee table.

Decorating and organizing go hand in hand for me. Recently I needed to find something to tidy up little things that always land on the countertop at my back entrance. The solution? A steel bread box! The lesson? Everyday things make great decorative organizers.

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Create personalized art with a shadow box or “collector’s frame.” Pin in vintage family photos, memorabilia, pins, ribbons, postcards, etc., to create a “story.” Or pick a theme, such as spring garden, first home, or sports moments.

Virtually any small trinket or memento can become wall art. Simply remove the glass from a picture frame, mount the object on matte board, and hang up. 

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A matching bedroom ensemble can be boring, but it’s usually a less-expensive route. So go ahead and match, then add your personal touch by painting the bed or one piece of the furniture. I made my matched set seem more my own by painting the bed with a semigloss oil-base white paint. I changed the look of the nightstands, too, with clearance knobs.

Skirted tables are all the rage. They have a timeless quality, especially if tailored and pleated. Pick up an inexpensive decorators table from a crafts or discount store (usually for less than $10). Iron your fabric into pleats, then staple the skirt to the top of the table. Sew a hem around the edges of a fabric circle, measured to fit just to the edge of the tabletop. For about $30, a glass shop can cut a piece of glass to fit the top of your table (at least 1/4-inch thick for safety purposes; also have the edges rounded).

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Nothing wakes up a room like accessorizing with fresh greens or flowers. One of my favorite places to “shop” for live arrangements is in my own yard. Simple large leaves such as hostas and ferns create laid-back elegance. Have the kids help you collect wildflowers, pine cones, or anything else beautiful in the yard.

Embellish a plain glass vase with rope. Simply coil rope around the vase and secure it in place with glue.

Give an old lamp new life. Spray-paint the base a bold, glossy color. The lamp will look 10 times more expensive than it is and be unique to your home.

Staring at a dull dresser? Banish the boring with simple install overlays, which come in a variety of shapes and designs. Look for ones that can be painted so you can customize your look even more. 

Pillows are an instant way to decorate a room. Take a neutral palette and give it life with colorful fabrics and textures. Use pillows to accentuate a color in a room or to introduce a contemporary element to traditional decor. Choose a slightly oversize pillow with a feather-filled insert for a soft, relaxed look.

Coffee tables are truly clutter catchers, but a tray helps restore order — whether it’s corralling something decorative, like a few books and a vase of flowers, or the TV remote.

Add a little shimmer to an existing ensemble of pillows with a metallic accent pillow or two.

— Janna Lufkin, stylist and organizing expert, beiteversohumble.com

Staircases are often looked upon as mere passageways between areas within the house. Give your stairs an instant and inexpensive style update with a few coats of fresh paint. A stripe of pale blue paint down the center of these steps gives the look of a stair runner but costs significantly less money.

— Lauren Liess, designer and blogger, purestylehome.blogspot.com

If affordable off-the-rack curtains are too short, lengthen them with a fabric remnant. Here’s how — no sewing required!

Wall decals add instant art without the expense or commitment of wallpaper. Try white on a colored wall or colored on a white wall for extra pop. Search online for millions of different styles or you can even design your own.

Thanks Gail Wright At Home for this great article and thank you to BHG for the photos!! If you enjoyed reading about these wonderful

Nothing wakes up a room like accessorizing with fresh greens or flowers. One of my favorite places to “shop” for live arrangements is in my own yard. Simple, large leaves, such as hosta and fern, create laid-back elegance.

Use a stencil to add interest to a blank wall. A quatrefoil-inspired stencil transforms this living room wall into a focal point. Stencils can also be used to spruce up plain throw pillows, coffee tables, and other flat surfaces.

Who said artwork has to cost an arm and a leg? With some crafting supplies and a little imagination, you can create your own DIY art in no time! Plus, each of these fabulous art ideas is surprisingly low-cost, making decorating your home that much easier.

Create your own botanical prints by scanning leaves — ferns are perfect — and having them blown up and put into standard-size frames. Or print them yourself on 8.5×11 paper and frame them in a group.

Don’t spend money on an expensive new ottoman. Instead, give an old one new life with a simple slipcover. Most slipcovers are machine-washable, and they can be easily switched out as decorating tastes change. Topped with a wooden tray, this ottoman doubles as a coffee table.

Disparate frames make a mantel or display look junky and lacking of a cohesive thought. Unify your picture frames in a themed collection. Scout silver frames whenever you can get your hands on good ones. Bone frames are another favorite for a fresh, less formal look. Even simple white wood frames transform a random photo fest into a gallery of family history.

then checkout these others articles by Gail: Eating Organic on a Budget & 50 Ways to Transform your Home for Less Than $100!

Instead of keeping dish soap and other items in plastic packaging on the countertop, buy a pretty dispenser. A bonus is that you can buy bulk and just keep on refilling.

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Sometimes your home is in need of a style boost but there’s just no money to do it. Better Homes and Gardens has a great list of ideas from designers, bloggers and stylists that can each be pulled off by for less than $50. Pick a spot that needs a mini makeover this weekend and get to work with one of these inspiring ideas. Here are a few that stood out:

Grab a quart of paint in a color you’d never dream of putting on your walls and paint just the back of a bookcase. The pop of color will do wonders for any room.

Transform plain-Jane chairs with a luxe-level embellishment: nailhead trim. 

Here are my go-to items for styling a coffee table: a stack of two to four coffee table books, a decorative box (or a smaller pair of boxes, stacked), a decorative object such as a shell or Moroccan star, and a tray. Any three of the four look great (bigger tables can handle more stuff). Add a small bouquet of flowers for extra credit. Voila — instant chic!

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