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Step #1: Get Real
Before you begin designing or buying anything, you need to get real and ask yourself:

What do you really want to use this room for?

What do you want to do in this room but can't now?
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Step #2: Get Picky
Picking a color palette doesn't have to be that hard. The pallete you have is already picked. You can figure it out by taking a look at:

What's inside your closet?

What's in your jewelry box?
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Step #3: Get Going
It's all about shopping but without spending a lot of cash.

Create an inspiration binder before you head to the stores. Include room measurements and a color palette.

Shop the internet and thrift stores for bargains and deals.

Next: What's your design personality? Take Nate's quiz to find out