There are several advantages to home furnishings when you want to give your house a new look by changing the decor. Homeowners today have many opportunities to explore decorating ideas on a budget.  Getting new furniture takes a lot of time, effort and let’s not forget the all-important factor money . 

he furnishings market has witnessed several changes over the past few years. While the number of options and quality levels has increased substantially, buyer trends have also witnessed a major transformation, with the focus shifting towards practical, long-lasting fabrics in various colour and material combinations.

From magazines, the internet, to satellite home & garden programs the world is at your fingertips for décor ideas.  Do-it-yourself projects can be a big undertaking or a small endeavor based on how much time and money you want and can devote to a project.

One of the key factors influencing home furnishing trends in recent times has been the preference for small gatherings at home for a few select guests. The demand these days is for something different on a regular basis, with a blend of colour, fabric, style and design being the current trend in furnishings. Today the emphasis is more on value addition at fair pricing.

 Once you’ve set one, buy a few major pivotal pieces to center the theme of your room around.  Then use thrift shops and department store clearance areas to fill in with gorgeous accessories. Many homeowners prefer the casual chic look or the ethnic chic look. Casual chic means solids, colours, more abstract, more European, while ethnic chic means more retro lifestyle, that is the old world charm in a new setting.

Mirrors can make a room look bigger and are a fun piece to add to a hallway or above a fireplace.  You can make an excursion looking for older mirrors at local thrift shops, flea markets, garage sales, artisan markets or discounted home furnishing.

Consider re-upholstering furniture with updated colored and styled materials. Slip covers offer a quick and easy solution for changing out furniture for different seasons and or occasions. Paint is the most affordable decorating tool you have, so go for it! Paint an accent wall in a contrasting or complementing color to your furniture.