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At Budget Decorating, we love the kind of decorating tips that save money, make a home look pretty and are really easy to follow. You know, helpful and practical decorating advice that real people can use.

We've put together a vast resource of top home decorating tips to make it easier for you to find quick decorating advice and basic guidelines that can help you create a home that you love.

So enjoy these home decorating tips, use them in your own home, and bookmark them for future reference because we’ll be adding to this list constantly.

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  • Most people make the mistake of hanging artwork too high. Unless you are unusually short or tall, hang art at eye level. Most galleries stick to the 57-inches-on-center rule, meaning the middle of the picture is at 57-inches. This will require a bit of math to figure out but is worth the effort.

  • If you are really having problems choosing color for your home or space, choose one, favorite color and build your color scheme around that. (Use a 4-6 single-color paint chip strip for reference.) Select furnishings and decor in various shades and textures of your chosen color. You could also add a white or ivory as a neutral. I swear this works every single time.

  • If you can’t combine or mix patterns well, no matter how hard you try, choose one bold pattern that you love and use it on an accent piece as a focal point. Decorate the rest of the room in solid colors that blend with or match that pattern. Done!

  • When entertaining, remember three things: Candles. Candles. Candles. They provide a soft scent and hide all sorts of smells, dust and dings.

  • For a great rug on a budget, you can’t go wrong with sea grass. It’s cheap, durable, doesn’t shed and looks fabulous. For a more luxurious look, you can layer more comfortable rugs on top of it as budget allows.

  • The best rule for furniture arrangement? Choose furniture that fits the space, and don’t try to squeeze in too much.

  • When arranging furniture, move some of it away from the walls. Nothing makes a space look more uncomfortable than trying to smash all of the furniture straight up against the walls.

  • Allow around 18-inches between the coffee table and sofa edge to give enough leg room but to be able to reach items easily.

  • Coffee table heights vary greatly, but a good rule is to keep the table height and seat height within 4-inches of each other.

  • An end table should be approximately the same height as the arm of your sofa or chair.

  • A sofa length of 65 to 72-inches is a good size for a small room, while 81 to 96-inches will work in a larger area. The best rule of thumb for height is 30-37 inches. (Height should depend on your size and what is comfortable for you.)

  • A dining table functions best with at least 36-inches of space between it and any walls or other furniture. This also allows seats to slide out easily.

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