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Decorating on a dime

It does not have to be expensive to decorate a space. Use local thrift stores, antique malls, Goodwill and any other furniture you have lying around to fill a room.

The key is to work with a theme and embrace the space you are working with.

In some cases homeowners can use pre-existing wall treatment and brick exteriors to create a shabby, chic look.

Here are some tips students can use to make their space their own.

Use what you have

Look at what you have in storage or what you may have hidden in your parents’ house that may be sitting collecting dust. From there, think about the type of look you might be able to create with your makeshift furniture collection.

Hit Goodwill

Look at local thrift stores to find dishes and decorations that can give your space an eclectic feel. Key things to look for are old books you can stack on tables, old figurines and affordable art.

Pick a color scheme

In this case, because of the wood and rust-colored wall, homeowners pulled warm tones into their décor and used live plants for contrast. Every space lends itself to a different color scheme. Make sure your décor and colors match your personality.

Have functional design

Contain your inevitable mess with your décor. Antique bookshelves and attractive containers will contain your space while decorating it. For example, vintage food tins can hold school supplies. Also, consider getting a hollow ottoman to store blankets and act as excess seating for friends.

Work in clumps

When you are working with a variety of styles in furniture, make sure you group them together in the space so it doesn’t look scrambled. Don’t cover your entire space in décor. Maximize on empty floor space to create an open sense.

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