The Basics of Budget Home Decorating and Design

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The Basics of Budget Home Decorating and Design



Take it from me. You are going to have a gorgeous room on a budget and you are going to decorate and design it yourself!

Think there is no way that's going to happen? All that's standing between you and that gorgeous room is some simple decorating and design basics. When you understand those, you can decorate any room.

We actually know more about design than we realize. Have you walked into a room that just "feels" off? Violation of one of these principles just may be the reason. Learning more about design may enable you to figure out what was wrong and make certain you don’t make the same mistake in your home.


  1. The Basics of Color
  2. Understanding Room Design
  3. Putting Everything Together in Style
  4. Decorating Basics and Color Basics Quiz

The Basics of Color

Refresh a room with paint


Color can make a room a success or - if totally wrong - can make it a disaster. But the best thing is - it's easily changed and inexpensive.


The paint you chose can lighten a room or make it dark and intimate, can be a personal statement or a classic tradition, and can be a neutral palette or a focal point. Just decide which direction you want to go and use the color principles here to design with a color.



Understanding Room Design

Large Room Grouping


So what are you going to do with that bare room? To figure that out, you need to understand the size of your space, the problems it has, the relationship between one element and another in the space and how the eye perceives those relationships.

Understanding these elements are essential when planning your space layout and the placement of the furniture and accessories. Use the relationship elements here to layout your space.


Putting Everything Together in Style

Warm French Country Room


Once you understand how color and space relationships work, you are ready to put your room together. Fabrics, furniture, and accessories can now be added. You probably have a style in mind that you prefer, so go for it. One last piece of advice: less is more. Only put into the room half of what you think you want. The design will be cleaner, less cluttered and elegant. It will be that gorgeous room that you finally designed yourself!

Decorating Basics and Color Basics Quiz

Let's find out what you have learned about color and budget decorating!


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