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Affordable Decorating Ideas

On a budget but have expensive taste? No matter which way you look at it, luxury interior design doesn’t come cheap. But if you’re clever about how you spend your money, you can create a modern designer look for less.

Here are our top affordable decorating ideas to make your home more stylish.

1. Cut out the Middleman

Buying furniture and whitegoods can easily and quickly destroy your budget. If you’re needing to purchase expensive items, cutting out the middleman can be a great way to save on costs. Consider buying furniture online rather than direct in a showroom. You can also pick up a bargain for homewares through auctions or second-hand stores if you do your research.

2. Focus on one or two Focal Pieces

A well-decorated modern home styled on a budget focuses on one or two pieces in each room. This could be a piece of furniture, a framed artwork or a dramatic light fitting. Your interior will look more stylish and of greater quality if you invest in a couple showstoppers rather than a whole heap for cheap furnishings.

3. Freshen up your Space with Paint

Paint can instantly transform your interior making it look fresh and new again. If your room is looking a little dull, get your roller out and give your walls a couple of coats of paint. It’s not just walls that can benefit from a lick of paint though. Bathroom tiles, kitchen cupboards or furniture can be instantly renewed and given the designer treatment with paint.

4. Invest in Accessories

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Accessories like cushions, throws and rugs are one of the most affordable ways you can create a luxury look for less. It’s also a great way to introduce colour or pattern into your interior without committing to an expensive style. Consider layering your interior with different materials and textures to add a sense of warmth and interest. You can also update your accessories seasonally to keep your interior looking fresh.

5. Update your Hardware and Fittings

An entire kitchen or bathroom re-do is a big investment. If you don’t have the cash and it’s in relatively good shape, you can easily update the look of your space by replacing dated hardware and fittings. Bring your kitchen into the modern century by changing the door knobs and handles. Updating your tableware or light fittings can also transform the look of the space.

6. Decorate your Walls

Decorating your walls is a quick way to give your space a stylish look, and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune. All you need to do is get a little creative! Purchase large scale prints online and pick up some frame from your local homewares store. Have some of your travel photos printed and great a gallery wall. Or purchase a blank canvas and create your own signature artwork for your home.

7. Light up your Space

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Don’t rely on your overhead lighting to create a stylish interior. Consider purchasing a showpiece light fitting or a couple of lamps to enhance the mood and atmosphere of your space. An oversized pendant hung low over your dining table can create intimacy. Table lamps in your living room are not only effective at lighting the space, they can also add interest when their switched off. If your budget is tight, shop online or head to second-hand stores to find your perfect fitting.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a stylish interior you’ll love coming home to. You just need to prioritise where you spend your cash and think outside the box.

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Preserving indoor air quality is essential to good health and comfort. While there are many options available to help you improve your indoor air quality, an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is one of the most popular. An ERV brings fresh air into a structure, while simultaneously retaining preconditioned heating or cooling. At the risk of getting too technical, an ERV functions using air-to-air exchange. A spinning wheel inside the ERV uses the air’s counter flow to expel the old air from inside a building while maintaining a cozy air temperature inside. Here are four main reasons to install an ERV.

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Conserves Energy

There are many ways to make your home more energy-efficient, such as eliminating air leaks and adding needed insulation, but a common problem with today’s newer buildings is that they are so airtight they don’t allow enough fresh air in for a healthy atmosphere. Unlike other indoor air quality systems on the market, an ERV renews and freshens the air without creating ozone, a noxious gas that can be dangerous to the respiratory system and is harmful to the environment.

Removes Humidity

An ERV is most ideal for homes in warm climates with moderate winters. It easily transfers moisture and heat from the incoming fresh air to the departing current of air. Typically, energy recovery ventilators are used with timers or monitored by humidistats, which control the humidity level in a building. ERVs generally remove the excess humidity, but they can also add humidity if the air feels too dry.

Improved Comfort

Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their homes, and an ERV is a great way to help your family feel cozy in a natural way, while also conserving energy. Have you ever opened a window just to let in fresh air? Well as good as that feels, opening a window brings in pollen, dust, and other potential allergens into your house. An ERV keep your air fresh without creating a potentially uncomfortable or hazardous environment.

Easy Installation

You can purchase a small window-mounted ERV at most home improvement stores, but the best ERV systems are suspended from the ceiling and generally mounted in attics, basements, or other crawl spaces within your home. Installation should always be done by a professional. Energy recovery ventilators need two connections to the outdoors. One connection will blow out stale air from the inside, and the other connection will bring in fresh air from outside. A professional HVAC technician will know the best way to route the connections.

An ERV is simpler than it sounds. In a nutshell, during the warm seasons it pre-cools and dehumidifies, and in cool seasons it humidifies and preheats, so you don’t feel cold air blowing in the moment the fan kicks on. The benefits of using an ERV include improved indoor air quality, consistent air temperatures, energy savings, and a reduction in overall HVAC equipment. Why not call your local HVAC expert today and look into a new ERV system for your home?

Kitchen is the central place of your home where you spend quality time of your day, so why not make it more modern, glamorous and inviting. Adding glass kitchen cabinets renders that wow factor to the cooking space you have always dreamed of. They allow you to display your expensive china, while saving you the hassle of searching every cabinet to find a crucial piece of tableware. They also make the room appear more spacious and artful. Adding glass cabinets does not mean you have to replace the old ones. Redesign your existing shelves into glamorous glass cabinets by inserting glass doors.

Why Staging Home is important?

One of the biggest mistakes home sellers make is not prepping the house before buyers see it to give it that clean and minimal, but appealing, look. From big overhauls to small details, staging home is a strategy that will bring your Return on Investment of time and money. A well staged home will generate more interest and even 3-5% better offers. The Real Estate Staging Association studied sales and found that staged homes sold 79% faster.

What is Good Staging?

Some may worry that a staged house looks impersonal, like a waiting room, instead of home-like. Staging doesn’t have to be cold, but less is definitely more when you show a house.

Staging is important if you want to sell your house fast:

  • Staging illuminates the house’s features, not your style. Buyers want to see spaciousness, storage, light, and character.
  • Staging lets buyers imagine their life in the house, instead of seeing yours. That’s why effective staging presents an almost-blank canvas, with just the right amount of visual appeal and cues for the imagination.

Big Tips and Small Touches for Staging Home

Here are 5 projects that make a difference.

1.  Tackle Clutter and Scrub Your Home for a Great First Impression

No list of tips can overemphasize their importance. No matter what, these two are must-dos.

  • Declutter: All your stuff will distract buyers from seeing the house itself. No piles of magazines, no hundred family photos, no line-up of cereal boxes on the counter, no closets jammed to overflowing. You want the house, not you, in the foreground.
  • Clean: Really, really clean. Wash the walls and the blinds. Scrub grout with an old toothbrush. Dust, sweep, and mop everything. Polish windows, mirrors, and fixtures. Make everything sparkle. And don’t forget smells. You may love your cooking and pets, but their aromas need to be aired out.

2.  Give Your Curb Appeal Some TLC

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Reseed the lawn and give “curb appeal” some attention. A lush lawn is a guaranteed ROI, as in a 300% return! It’s a big, beautiful part of your home’s first impression and suggests a house that’s been cared for. Also, trim bushes, plant some colorful native flowers, or place some pretty potted plants by the front door.

3.  Re-Paint Your Walls, and Stick to Neutrals

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Go beige (or white). Walls in a fresh, neutral color are the foundation of good staging. It’s not the time to be trendy, and certainly not the time to leave that bedroom purple. Beige and white continue to be the go-to colors over time: neutral without being glum. No need to be boring! There are many subtly interesting shades out there.

4.  Use Staging as an Opportunity to Tell a Story

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Organize furniture and accent pieces to create vignettes. The right pops of color and personality are perfect final touches. In the kitchen, try glass jars of citrus or seasonal fruits/veggies. Leave a nice pot and cup of tea on the counter for that lived-in feeling, with charm and without Cap’n Crunch. A container of flowers adds fresh color anywhere. If you have blossoms or branches from the yard, you can remind buyers of the property’s landscaping. A few throw pillows also add colorful touches. Coffee table books, neatly arranged on a table or shelf, add personality, and also give you a chance to say something. Books on gardening or local history can emphasize special things about your house or location.

5.  Hire a Professional Stager

You can stage your home yourself, but throw a professional stager into the mix for added wealth of experience. Working within your budget, stagers can edit and arrange what you have or bring in just the right decor. They can handle one room or a whole house with the skill that makes buyers take notice. As Sacramento real estate agent Elizabeth Weintraub says, “Home staging is… the art of creating moods. Professional stagers are highly skilled artists.” Stagers cost about 1% of the list price and are well worth hiring if you’re feeling unsure or overwhelmed by your staging needs.

These Quick Tips Show Your House at Its Best

No one would think about attending a job interview or walking the red carpet at the Oscars without looking their absolute best. Do the same for your house through staging: this is your home’s chance to stand out from the competition and shine.

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