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It doesn’t have to be expensive to keep your home looking stylish. And if a major makeover isn’t in your home’s immediate future, there are still many ways to keep your home looking contemporary without breaking the bank. Check out these 6 affordable options to make your home look chic and unique.

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Art Plays a Part

While art is definitely in the eye of the beholder, mass-produced artwork can sometimes make a room look ordinary and predictable. However, there are some creative and resourceful alternatives to conventional art prints. Try framing worldwide currency, maps, newspaper pages, postcards, advertisements, vintage keys, plates, or record albums. If you’re feeling extra creative, start your own DIY art project to express a unique statement.

Make Lighting Exciting

Having a lightbulb moment about your lighting? Sometimes an old lamp just needs a new lamp shade to be fashionable again. If the color of your lamp no longer suits you, consider spray painting it to match your current color scheme. Strategically position lamps throughout a room for an upscale look. Also, don’t forget that a little natural light goes a long way; Be sure to open blinds and draw curtains during daylight hours to help save on your electric bill. 

Reuse and Repurpose Furniture

If you’re looking for stylish furniture on a budget, second-hand shopping at thrift stores and garage sales can really pay off. Not only can you create a riveting retro look, but by refinishing, repairing or reupholstering, you can restore a classic piece, while keeping it out of the landfill. For an added creative challenge, try upcycling everyday objects such as an old wooden ladder as a bookcase, pallets as coffee tables, or a vintage television set as an aquarium.

Accents Add Flavor

Small-sized upgrades such as changing out doorknobs and hinges can make a big splash in revitalizing a door. Installing more decorative electrical switch plates and outlet covers are also easy economical upgrades. Replacing plain baseboards with more detailed crown molding can affordably add artisanship to your interior. Pillows, rugs and mirrors are all attractive accents that can make any room instantly pop with creative charm.

Grow for It!

Never underestimate the power of flowers. A well-placed potted plant such as a fern, succulent or ficus can transform a room. (Just make sure the plants receive enough water and sunlight and are not toxic to pets or people.) Even a store-bought bouquet of flowers can freshen the look and smell of a kitchen or living room.

Time to Clean House

Keeping a room neat and organized and avoiding clutter stays true to the minimalist nature of good design – plus it’s doesn’t cost anything to be neat (unless you want to spend on storage-efficient shelving and cabinets). A simple decluttered look allows a room to be noticed and its decorative elements to stand out.

Getting the most out of your investment for the least price is always rewarding. Contact New American Funding today and discover how to lower your monthly payments with some welcome relief for your home improvement projects, while meeting your everyday financial needs. 

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