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Having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you have a tight decorating budget. Fortunately, there are ways – even on a budget – that you can get the high-end look you dream of. Interior designers have shared a few secrets over the years that have given homeowners some insight on how they can make their home look elegant without breaking the bank. From adding pillows and a fresh coat of paint to window treatments and hardwood floors, these are simple solutions you need to know about.

In addition to these pieces of advice and with the help of home decorating branches on MrOwl, one woman found the inspiration to redecorate her bathroom. Using branches such as Home Decorating and Organization on MrOwl, she created an HGTV quality bathroom for half the price of what it would had cost if a designer had done it. Along the way, she came up with these four tips on how to save money while redecorating.

  1. Shop Around 

Many home decorating stores have designer consultants that will do free consultations. Take advantage of these. Take pictures of your inspirations with you and get suggestions from the consultant. A branch on MrOwl is the perfect place to store all the photos of your inspirations in one easily accessible place. Take pictures of any examples the consultant uses and add it to the branch. Kindly thank them for their time and move on to another store.

  1. Shop Online 

While searching through home decorating stores, you may see something you love but the price is out of your budget. Snap a picture of it and head to the Internet. You can often find the same or similar items online that cost much less than their store counterparts. And many times, you can even get free shipping to your home.

  1. Pick One Statement Piece

Often interior designers say to pick one statement piece and build the room around it. This is good advice that can save a lot of money. Spending a little more on that one piece means you can save on other aspects of your decorating. The statement piece draws eyes to it, so smaller accents may go unnoticed. Take advantage of that by using nice, but lower priced items in the rest of the room.

  1. Save Where it Counts Most

This can be used in conjunction with number three. The woman that wrote this piece said, “In my foray into designing my renovation, I learned to save where it wouldn’t show.  Kind of like pairing a designer outfit with a tank from Target.” For items and in areas that will not be seen as much or as well as others, cutting a few corners can greatly reduce the cost of a remodel. For example, use discount tile that only looks like it came from a designer show room. 

The most obvious advantage of budget decorating is that it lets you have an HGTV-quality room without an HGTV-sized budget. But redoing your room this way has another, more subtle advantage: pride of ownership. When you redo a room on a budget, you are forced to be creative and think outside the box. Instead of just turning over all the decisions to a decorator, you must use your own labor and your own ingenuity to get the job done with as few dollars as possible. So, when you’re done, you end up with a space that’s truly your own. It reflects your work, your ideas, and your style much more than a room you merely spent money on. And that is something you can feel great about.

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