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Your first visit should be to your local home improvement store. If you can find a paint you like, use it to paint one accent wall. You can base your room design on the accent wall color. Repeat it in pillows, art, upholstery, and rugs. This is the cheapest part of the transformation. If you want to paint the whole room, count on spending more money.
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Easily the most expensive part of filling a room is choosing furniture. If you are willing to buy used, furniture is one of the easiest to find at a bargain price - if you are willing to work at the search. There are many sources of good used furniture: craigslist, the classifieds of your local paper, eBay, yard sales, thrift shops, or friends and relatives. Let it be known that you are searching, what you are searching for, the style and color you prefer and your budget.A caution though:... inspect before you buy and never meet the seller alone. Always take a friend.
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Art is in the eye of the beholder. It can be "art" art or simply a striking or unusual object. Visit thrift stores, yard sales and discount stores for possible bargains. If you find a frame you like, buy it. You can change the art inside with any number of possibilities. It is especially advantageous if you can find multiple frames to match. Fill them all with blank or used canvases covered with four fabrics which harmonize with your room colors - a cheap grouping that has visual power.
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Accessories at liveliness to a room, but be careful not to overdo it. Accessories can help create a focal point in a room, but if you have too many focal points, they become - unfocused and lose their effectiveness.
The best way to accessorize a room is to use things you already have and love. Group them by theme or size. One accessory I always recommend is a folding screen. Simple or elaborate, they are versatile and mobile. They can be used to divide a room into smaller areas, hide unsightly... areas of the room, provide privacy or simply used as art.
So, we have your room full and you still have money left. Use it to buy a great area rug!