Have you postponed a much-needed and much-needed renovation project because even the thought of the potential cost is daunting? You are not alone if you are scared of the idea. Yes, the cost can easily get out of hand when you are impulsively approaching a decorating project. But there is a better and cheaper way to turn your decorating dreams into reality.
When the spaces you spend time in no longer excite and inspire you, a décor overhaul is an easy way to reintroduce passion into your relationship with your home. Boring, boring and out of date can be banished here with a coat of fresh paint, there with a reused piece of furniture; Here a reworked floor, there a breathtaking new lamp.
But once you start imagining your home with a fresh eye and updated aesthetic, it’s easy to get carried away and want to change everything at once. For most of us, however, a tight budget is the reality. Excessive spending on renovations can bring more regrets than joy. Hence, it is important to learn as many affordable decorating ideas and tricks as possible. Here are some of the key secrets to decorating in a snap:
If you are on a tight budget, this step should never be skipped or rushed. Start by searching decoration magazines, online resources, and stores for inspiration. Take your time for it. Once you’ve found the look you want, break the project down into its components – flooring, paint, furniture, decor, and accessories. Find out how much each individual component costs. Expect additional costs such as shipping, installation, and labor.
Be meticulous when measuring the dimensions for any new furniture you plan to order. You don’t want to end up with a huge, non-refundable furniture purchase that doesn’t fit where you imagined it would. Thorough research at this stage can save you from rude jolts once things get going.
Now is the time to take a close look at your finances and come up with a realistic budget. See if you can afford to do every aspect of the planned redesign at once, or if it would be easier for the bag to gradually change the space over a few weeks or months. It is tempting to take everything off your credit card today, but often people who do so regret the impulsiveness. So plan carefully and be honest with yourself for what you can comfortably afford.
Rethinking the ways you can use what you already have is a clever trick for anyone decorating on a dime. It might not be that exciting, but it saves a lot of money. There is no shortage of inspiration in magazines and on the internet as thousands of people have shared pictures and videos of reused gemstones in their homes and other decorating ideas on a budget. Look at the things you already own with new eyes.
Do you really need all new kitchen cabinets or can you just get them redesigned? Is there hardwood under the dreary carpet you’re ripping up? Maybe it could be reworked and save you the expense of new floors. Could the old bedroom furniture be updated with a coat of paint? Yes, sometimes you need to invest time and be willing to work hard, but the savings from repurposing can be phenomenal.
Yard sales, flea markets, online auctions, free cycle businesses, and thrift stores can uncover surprising treasures. They are great hunting grounds if you are decorating on a budget. Get to know your local thrift store. Find out when it’s getting new inventory and arrive early.
Whenever you find something with potential, carefully examine it for signs of damage or structural weaknesses. Don’t let things like shabby upholstery, faded lampshade, or rusted frame discourage you as anything can be fixed to make the item look brand new. Thrift and creativity can be combined to create unique decor and accent pieces for your home at a fraction of the cost of a brand new item from a retail store.
The decor, which depicts the opportunities and goals you add to a space to give it personality, can consume a large chunk of the budget without adding much function. So if you can use your creativity to decorate the room, keep the costs in check. If you’re an avid photographer, frame some of your best shots to decorate a wall. If you know anything about art, spend a little time creating an abstract piece in your favorite colors to brighten up the room. Do you love the beach and do you often find yourself on one?
Then collect seashells of various shapes and colors to create an interesting vignette for your living room or bathroom. Present your extensive book collection on open shelves – storage and decoration in one simple masterpiece. Such DIY ventures not only result in huge savings, but also bring your unique personality to the room and reflect who you are to visitors.
A common mistake in interior design is doing too much at once. New homeowners often fall into this trap because the temptation to move into a house that is finished from top to bottom is just too tempting. However, we recommend living in a house for a while so that you familiarize yourself with the quirks and moods. Time shows kinks that require immediate attention and things that can wait.
Stimulating yourself is a smart strategy for both your health and your pocket. What’s the point of rushing to swap out cabinets before you move in and then – after living there for a while – find that the money would probably have been better spent changing the kitchen layout to make it more efficient? When it comes to budgeting, rushing is actually wasteful.
We encourage you to prioritize and keep pace. Identify the room that needs help most and start from there. Go room by room if time and budget allow. Slowly, the image of the dream house in your head and the one in which you live will start to look very similar to each other.
Hire a student decorator
If you are unsure of your design decisions and feel that you better be guided by a professional to get things right the first time, consider hiring a student designer. An interior design or decoration student often works for a greatly reduced fee – if not free – and saves you a bundle. It’s a win-win situation. You get the guidance you need to hire a designer for a fraction of the cost, and the student can expand their experience and portfolio.
Transform with color
A couple of coats of paint are the easiest and cheapest way to completely transform a room. When a room needs an urgent update but you don’t have the resources to do an extensive redesign, let color come to the rescue. Try painting an accent wall a fresh color, hanging artwork on it, and see how different a room can feel with minimal effort. Painting the entire room will bring an even more dramatic transformation.
Let the lighting lift the mood
Have you ever noticed how much lighting in a room determines its mood? So choose your lighting carefully. Add lights on the dimmers to control the mood in the room. Replace faded, old lampshades for an instant face lift to any room. Buy matching floor or table lamps for either side of a couch or bed and see the room suddenly look like it has a more cohesive style.
Use furniture sparingly
If you can’t get by with the furniture you already own and haven’t found a thing you like in flea markets and thrift stores, consider buying unfinished pieces that are missing a topcoat or stain. Unfinished furniture not only costs less, but you often get better quality pieces because the manufacturer did not hide any flaws and imperfections under paint or stains. And if right now your budget is just too tight to afford new furniture, consider updating your pillows and pillows. You will be amazed how different a room and a couch can feel with just a few new pillows.
Anchor the room
Don’t forget to visually anchor the space, especially if it’s a large living space. Decorating with too many small pieces can make a room feel cluttered. Something large and visually heavy – like a bookshelf, a piano, a fireplace or a large piece of furniture – gives the eye a place to rest because it dominates the room. Smaller accent and decoration pieces can then be tucked away and placed around this focal point. Spending on good anchorage is a wise investment.
Decorating on a budget is very possible. Yes, it takes a lot of patience and planning, but it is well worth the effort. Use these tips and affordable decorating ideas if you are redesigning on a tight budget and are well on your way to creating the home of your dreams without breaking the bank.