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Affordable Accessories to Give Your Living Space New Life

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When the cost of painting, buying new furniture or renovating is not a budget option, there are simple solutions to refresh your space and give it a new look. From simply adding colorful throw cushions to installing a practical electric fireplace, there are solutions for every budget.

1. Upgrade Dated Lamp Shades

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Changing or adding a stylish lamp to your decor can give your living space a new feel, but if the cost of a new light is not budget friendly, consider just changing the shade. A dated lampshade can give a room a tired look. Go for a splash of color and chose one that inspires and sets a theme. Consider whether your space needs more task or mood lighting or simply a stylish room light.
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2. Greenery & Plants

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Adding greenery gives a room life and atmosphere. Start out with one or two live plants in varying heights, but keep living plants to those varieties you know how to take care of. An alternative is fake greenery - there are many very realistic plants on the market.
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3. Makeover Worn Furniture With Slipcovers

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Slipcovers are a wonderful way to give a worn, dated sofa or upholstered chair a makeover. And if your old furniture is a not-so-complimentary color, adding a cover can help it better fit into the space. You can chose a loose throw style, or a fitted cover for a custom look. Covering furniture is much more economical than having it reupholstered. You can also add a Pet Cover to furniture to protect it from pet stains or hair, or from toddler messes. These easy-to-place covers are quick to remove to wash and dry as required. Adding slipcovers to chairs is also a trendy solution for formal dining.
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4. An Area Rug Can Warm the Space

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Area rugs add a nice focal point to a room and tend to warm up the space. Chose one to match or start your chosen decor with colors to suit the room. There are various sizes of area rugs available in contemporary as well as traditional styling. They are wonderful to inspire or complete a grouping or sitting area. Even a carpet runner can add color to a hallway or entrance while being very practical.
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5. Dress a Wall With Wall Art

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Art can more can dress a wall, if it's colorful and large, it can easily become an awesome focal point in the room. Wall art comes in many sizes, shapes and materials, with canvas art and metalscapes being very trendy these days. Canvas art sometimes comes in several pieces to form a group. It's not only eye catching but it can transform a room.
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6. Add a Mirror to Reflect Light

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Mirrors have been focal points for decades and they have never lost their charm, though how they are displayed (with frame or without) has changed with current trends. A mirror tends to reflect light in the room and is an excellent way to brighten a small or dark space. Places where mirrors are essential - in the bathroom and bedrooms. A mirror also can be a focal point in the living room and entrance.
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7. Candles for Ambiance

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Candles are lovely displayed either as singles in a stylish candle holder, or as a group to add ambiance and atmosphere to a room or table. When buying candles, consider a secure candle holder and always place them on a stable surface when lit.
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8. Dress Your Table With Linens

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You've got a wonderful choice of table linens to dress up the dining area, from placemats to a full tablecloth or runner, so it's easy to find something within your budget. Smaller linens can also look very stylish on a sideboard, dresser, side or coffee table.
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9. Throw Pillows Add a Splash of Color

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Adding some colorful throw pillows or cushions can dramatically change the tone of a room or draw out the color you really want to focus on. There are many places to add throw pillows such as to living room, outdoor patio space, beds, sofas, guest or family room. Throw pillows tend to give the space a soft,comfortable and inviting look.

You can also buy cushion or pillow covers - it's a great way to recycle your existing cushions and they are very economical. See my Cover Up With Bold Patterns for more about cushion covers.
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10. An Electric Fireplace

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If you've always wanted a fireplace, there's no better time to buy an electric model. They are very easy to install - most just plug into a standard outlet, there's a vast range of choices in finishes, sizes and prices. They add volumes in terms of decor to a room and often become the focal point. An electric fireplace can also warm the space as required. Choose one with a flame that can be used with or without heat so you can use it year round to add atmosphere to a room.

Consider measurements carefully, some are very small and it can be difficult to tell from a picture how it will look in your space. You can also buy wall-mounted fireplaces if a freestanding is not your choice. An electric fireplace can be a good source of zone heating, keeping the area you use more often warm, so you can cut back on your heating system for energy savings.
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