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How to Decorate Contemporary on a Budget

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A décor makeover is expensive, and it can be hard to achieve on a tight budget. Even if you want to decorate a single room in a contemporary style, the costs can add up quickly. You might have to buy new furniture with sleek, straight lines, repair the walls and pull off those ethnic wall mouldings, buy a new rug and also add new light fixtures and other accessories. So, how do you decorate contemporary on a budget? The answer lies in paying close attention to the details, and in prioritising your list of things to buy. It’s not so hard to give your existing room a contemporary vibe once you understand how experts go about it!
 
Plan Well Before You Begin
Proper planning is essential to any home improvement project, but it becomes the most crucial step when you’re decorating on a budget. After all, you don't want to find yourself in a situation where you’ve found the perfect couch only to realise that you don’t have enough money in your account or that the non-refundable corner cabinet you’ve ordered online won’t fit into the selected space. Do your research very well so that you can drastically cut down on the likelihood of encountering an unpleasant surprise along the way. 


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Minimalistic, Modern Design Layout
A contemporary design is often minimalistic and that means you don’t actually have to buy a tonne of new things. What you need to do, however, is buy the RIGHT things. A few statement pieces are all it takes to maximise space, bridge the gap between form and function and keep the space clean. Keep in mind that the ability to keep the space clean is an important component of pulling off a minimalist style. Be sure to invest in plenty of concealed storage and a fuss-free décor style that is easy to straighten up and doesn’t get messy. Opt for one or two large statement pieces rather than a bunch of knick-knacks. Lighting should be unobtrusive, dramatic and in plentiful. If you can pull off the ‘minimalistic’ style, it’s an easy way to keep costs down without looking like you did it intentionally. 


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Choose Furniture with Care
Working on a budget is often about prioritising spending. You will want to get the best from the money you are spending especially when you’re working with limited resources. In interior design, that means we will be allocating a large portion of your budget towards making a purchase of quality furniture. Furniture is a wise place to spend your money as it is a good investment and will most likely last for years. Unlike paint colours that will fall out of style or accessories that will lose their lustre after a few years of using, good furniture could last for decades. Don’t be afraid to shop for second-hand furniture that’s in good condition as it can be re-upholstered in modern fabrics at less than one-fourth the cost of brand new furniture.


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Go Bold with Colour
The easiest way to make a statement when your décor style is minimalistic – go bold with colour. Wall paint is an inexpensive way to add a dramatic touch to your decor, especially when it becomes the perfect background for your statement pieces. In contrast to other interior design elements, paint costs barely anything. Accessories like throw pillows cost even less. Infuse a high-end look into your space by filling it with colour.


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DIY Interesting Décor
When it comes to interesting décor, you can either buy stunning pieces that break the bank or you can make your own stunning, creative and unique pieces that cost next to nothing. These can be things such as artwork or other wall hangings coffee table assortments and decorative rugs. While they are indeed essential to a cohesive design, these are the items where you can save the most money. Fabrics bought cheap can be used to cover empty canvas for instant dramatic wall art. You can also work with wallpaper on your own; for a few ideas check the link here. 

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