Kids are messy but your home can still be stylish

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Home decorating when you have kids may seem like an exercise in futility, yet design experts say it’s well within reach for families to stylishly furnish a house and still remain within budget.

The arrival of a child can spark a desire to redecorate as many parents buy new furniture to accommodate their growing family. And as kids get older, parents may find their family’s needs require updating a home with storage for sports equipment or tailoring a room to a teen’s maturing taste.

“Your style changes a little bit when you have kids,” says Emily Clark, 42, a stay-at-home mother of five who blogs about decorating from Charlotte, North Carolina. “It doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful,” she adds. “I work at home. This is my environment 99% of the time when I’m not in the car. I want it to be a happy place when I’m here.”

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While there’s no hard-and-fast rule about how much to budget for home decorating, Clark and other experts note that you don’t have to spend a fortune.

Creative hacks like repainting a room or buying new pillows for a sofa or bed can help spruce up a room without high costs.

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