5. Go frameless. Instead of using framed artwork, consider gallery-wrapped artwork instead. The pieces are printed canvases that have been wrapped around a wood frame. Gallery-wrapped artwork is typically considerably less expensive than artwork that is framed.
6. Go to sample sales. Sample sales, in which floor models are sold, are a great way to score a great find at the fraction of the cost of a new item. While the items are sold as-is, they aren’t really used and in many cases are in like-new condition.
7. Use side tables instead of traditional nightstands. In many instances using night tables will not only save money, but help to create a lighter look in a space.
8. Consider glass instead of wood. Glass tables will be a lower-cost alternative in most instances.
9. Paint. Painting is one of the least expensive ways to add color and help decorate a space.
10. Repurpose. Whenever possible, consider repurposing or reusing an existing item in a creative or unique way.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .