Get the most bang for your decorating buck

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Scripps Howard News Service

I'm a firm believer that great design doesn't have to be expensive. The key to getting the most for your decorating dollars is to know where to splurge and where to cheat.

Let's talk about how to pick key pieces for your rooms that maximize your look and suit your budget.

Invest the greatest portion of your decorating budget in the room's focal point, items that bring you bliss and pieces that don't have lower-cost substitutes.

Then, use these cheats to stretch the remainder of your decorating funds:

Get creative with artwork

Repurpose old furniture

Accent with inexpensive accessories

Now, let's talk about how to pick the very best home furnishings to fit your budget, whether it's an investment piece or a lower-cost cheater. Here are three examples:

Occasional tables

From side tables to consoles to coffee tables, there is a wonderfully wide range of great-looking pieces to choose from that will give you a smart look for any budget.

When selecting a lower-cost occasional table, hunt for one that can play a support role in your furniture grouping. This piece won't be the star of the room, so you don't want anything that will distract from the space's focal point.

Less-expensive wood pieces can usually give you 10 years of great use, but aren't pieces that will last a lifetime. So, it's OK to go a bit trendier with these pieces, if you want.

If you're looking for a table that will be highly visible, you will want to take a step up in style and budget.

If you want a table that will be the highlight of your space, invest in a piece that features exquisite craftsmanship and fine detailing.

When selecting an investment piece, you want to look for expert workmanship, the highest-quality materials

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