5 Tips to Decorate on a Budget
Sometimes we want a change in scenery, or we may not have been able to decorate when we first moved in. Even if you are on a budget, you can still decorate your home. Here are 5 tips to spruce up your house without breaking the bank.
When you have a budget, you can’t go on a shopping spree. Proper planning will help control the cost of your decorating projects, but still help you get the look that you want.
First, research what design style you are looking for. Look at magazines, Pinterest, and even the interior design television shows to get inspiration. Next, break down the project into its primary components – furniture, paint, and accessories. Then, determine what the cost of the room might be by researching stores and getting quotes. Don’t neglect any installation costs, such as hiring a plumber or painter if you can’t do the job yourself.
Finally, the difficult part is to look at your budget for the project. The cost of what you want is likely over what you can afford. If this is the case, it’s time to cut costs by seeing if you can make any concessions or do things yourself.
2. Shop Your Home
The goal is to use a bit of creativity to repurpose what you already have. For example, do you want a new couch because you don’t like the shape or because it may look old and dingy? Instead of springing for a new piece of furniture, consider refinishing or reupholstering it to make it look brand new.
Similarly, do you really need new kitchen cabinets, or can you get them refaced or painted? For a completely new look, consider changing or adding new hardware.
3. Wall Art
It is no secret that wall art can be costly. However, wall art can be surprisingly easy to make. The Internet is full of simple DIY projects. You could even frame coordinating pieces of fabric or scrapbook paper to pull the room together.
Alternatively, if you aren’t crafty, check out thrift stores for mirrors to make the room feel bigger and brighter.
4. Quality Over Style
You should always anchor your room with furniture. This means purchasing quality pieces that will last for years. You can always change accessories and the theme of a room because trends always eventually fall out of style. However, with a few quality pieces, you can redecorate a home with less money in the future if your furniture defines the room and everything else are small touches to pull the room together.
5. Tackle One Project at a Time
New homeowners want to decorate their entire home at once. However, if you take on too many design projects, you’ll end up rushing and likely run out of money before you are finished.
Instead, take on one project at a time and budget and plan well. With smaller goals, you’ll be more successful with the decor and allow more time for your budget to recuperate. Plus, you’ll learn from your mistakes and be wiser by your next project.
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