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8 Budget Friendly Ways to Hide Your Home’s Flaws

Find affordable ideas to help conceal your space's imperfections


Everyone wants to live in a dream home with no imperfections — no wall cracks, tangled wires, floor stains, and other flaws. However, our homes are often filled to the brim with a depressing number of issues and problems. There are usually so many things that we would like to change about our personal spaces.

If you would like to address the things that you are unhappy with and immediately improve the look of your home, here are 8 practical decorating tips worth a second look:

Rearrange your furniture

If your home seems small and cramped, you may want to move your furniture around! A new layout can help you have a more spacious area.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Choose floor lamps and table lamps

Did you know that many rooms appear dark and tiny because there is not enough light? Lights can brighten and open up a small space!

If you don't have enough general lighting on the ceiling, you may want to purchase lamps. A few floor lamps and table lamps can instantly spruce up any area.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Hang up wall art or framed photos

Have you spotted cracks, holes, and chipped-off paint on your walls? There may also be stubborn spots and stains that you can no longer remove

If you want to conceal these imperfections, you should put up paintings, prints, and pictures!

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Put up an oversized wall mirror

Wall mirrors can also do wonders for a small home! They can make any place look bigger and they can reflect the light for a bright and vibrant feel.

RL Tip: Be careful in using a wall mirror because it can also "double" the amount of the mess in any room! If you want to use a wall mirror, you should have a neat and organized space

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Hang a black cloth underneath your desk

The curse of study and work desks is that they always seem to come with a mass of wires. Every table seems to have too many computer, printer, telephone, and charger cords.

You can hide the unsightly tangles by hanging a black cloth underneath your own desk.

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Find a great area rug

Do you have old stains, broken tiles, discolored panels, and other problems with your floor? You can temporarily cover up these bothersome details with a stylish area rug!

An area rug can conceal flaws, define a space, and create a chic, high-end look

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Place plants near the window

Not all windows are made equal! Some views from your home's windows may be unattractive or unappealing. In fact, if you live in a high-rise condo, you may not have a view at all. You may just be seeing more windows on the other side of your residential building.

If you can’t change the outside view, you should change the view from the inside instead! Consider decorating your window with your favorite house plants.

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Paint walls and furniture

You can also hide your home's flaws with a few coats of paint! You can draw attention away from a less-than-stellar corner with a pop of unexpected color on your walls.

A few brushstrokes can also give your tired old furniture pieces a brand new look. For example, you can use a refreshing blue shade to make your side tables more eye-catching!

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