Filling an empty house can seem like a daunting task to a young homeowner. You found your dream home; that spacious three bedroom, two bath, but now it’s time to fill those rooms, and more! Luckily, there are plenty of design ideas that offer not only usefulness, but affordability as well. Here are just a few:

Lighting – Lighting can drastically change the look of a room, and the lighting fixtures are no different. One cost-saving tip is to replace your bulbs with lower-watt ones, this will give your room a softer look while helping you cut down on your energy costs. When it comes to light fixtures, lamps and candles, a little can go a long way. Candle displays can light up a room and can double as a centerpiece or accent. When it comes to lamps, get creative. You only need a bulb and a cord, you can light up mason jars or create your own chandelier.

Herbs – Herbs are great for the kitchen; you can save money on spices, they smell fragrant, and they even look great. Use mini topiaries or decorative pots to tie them into your décor. If you can line a window with your herbs, they’ll get plenty of sunlight while they grow.

Storage – You can find plenty of ways to store your children’s toys, your mail and the tiny trinkets that never seem to have a place. Storage boxes that double as chairs or foot rests are a great hiding spot for your children’s toys or even your pet’s toys. Side tables can also be a great storage place, if your side tables don’t have sides to hide away items, you can cover them in a modern fabric tablecloth. If your table is in a corner, no one will be the wiser. It’s especially important to look at storage when you’re looking for Berkeley real estate, since many times staged homes use storage units or garages to hide every day trinkets.

Refurbishing – The trend of “going green” seems to finally be dying down, but a lot of ways to be environmentally friendly actually double as ways to cut costs. Being “green” means reducing your impact, so reusing old furniture and décor is a great way to save money and the planet. A can of spray paint and a few yards of fabric can go much farther than you’d think. Always love the elegant look of mirrored furniture? Try spray painting a modern, edgy piece in a silver tone. Make sure to replace the hardware to match your new look, and your piece can go from boring to fabulous in a matter of hours.

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