You don’t need the fortune to decorate your home to perfection. Even on a shoestring budget, you can do great things with a bit of creativity, skill, and resourcefulness. People say that money can’t do what creativity derived from the desire to decorate on a budget can. So, if you feel bored with your home decor and think that it can be better, it’s high time you did something about it. We should feel relaxed and comfortable in our home, and we can feel that way only if we’re satisfied with how our house looks. Such a cozy and safe environment brings us serenity.
To help you get started, we’ve created this list of 10 great tips for decorating your home on a low budget. First, begin with clutter and get rid of it. Then, you should use things you already own (or give them a new use). For revamping your home, you should add a fresh coat of paint. As for the furniture and decor – shop at thrift stores and flea markets – you’ll find great vintage items at low prices. You can also consider making changes to the layout and adding some eye-catching artwork.
Moreover, you should add warmth with layered lighting. If you haven’t updated your curtains and rugs in a while, perhaps now would be the best time to do it. Small details such as these can make a huge difference. To bring the element of nature, add some greenery. Additionally, what you can do to save money is upcycle old furniture. Keep reading to learn more about the things you can also do.
Get rid of clutter
When thinking about re-decorating your home, the first point is decluttering. We won’t lie – it is the most tedious part of the decorating process. You should take some time to go through your whole house and evaluate the items. It’s best to have a minimal number of things in the place. Anything broken, dysfunctional, unnecessary and unused shouldn’t remain in your home. You can toss some things out, donate others, or fix or repurpose them.
Use things you already own
Decorating your home doesn’t only encompass buying new furniture pieces and other items. You can give your house a whole new look with the things you already own. You just need to consider what new role or function you can give them. Consider where you can move specific items or how you can upgrade them. However, you can’t do that with all the things as some are probably outdated and old, perhaps in bad condition. For such items, you should find a new, improved replacement. For example, if you have an old vanity in your bathroom, it’s better to buy a new one, as you can’t re-use it. Look for a modern, spacious and functional vanity, such as those offered by Acqua Bathrooms.
Add a fresh coat of paint.
A thing that can surely give your home a fresh, new look is a fresh coat of paint. Assess the wall and paint condition around your home. Then consider what colours you want in each room of your home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make some changes. To save money, you can do the painting job yourself. Furthermore, think about adding some effect with wallpaper.
Shop at thrift stores and flea markets
Buying anything new nowadays is expensive. If you want to improve your home, but you have a tight budget, a great piece of advice is to shop at thrift stores and flea markets. You can find vintage and unique furniture pieces and other decor items there at affordable prices.
Consider changing the layout
A simple trick such as changing the layout of your home can do wonders for the overall feel of your home. Take some time to evaluate the current design and think about what changes you can make. Of course, have in mind some small items you can buy additionally to complete a room.
Decorate with art
A home truly feels like home with diverse artwork displayed around. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find affordable artwork online or at some local artists’ shops. If you are creative, you can also easily create amusing artwork yourself. You can create a gallery out of smaller pieces of artwork. You can also use posters, wallpapers and family photos as artwork. Look online for some display ideas. It’s simple yet effective.
Layer the lighting
Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the atmosphere and mood around your home. You should avoid having only harsh overhead lighting. Hence, you should consider layering it by offering a few diverse lighting options.
Update rugs and curtains
Rugs and curtains around our home play an essential role in the decor. If you feel that they are outdated and old-fashioned, consider changing them up. By doing so, you can transform the look of your home. Think about them and other changes you’ll make, including the paint colour, wallpapers and other decorative items. You can opt for curtains and rugs to add boldness to the room, or you can use them to softly emphasize the sheer elegance of the room. It’s essential to consider everything so that they would fit perfectly.
One of the best ways to bring natural elements into your interior decor is by adding some luscious greenery. You can add it all around your home. As far as placing them is concerned, you should find out about what environment they prefer and place them strategically. You can put them on tables, and shelves or hang them on walls. However, don’t forget to water them regularly.
Upcycle old furniture pieces
If you want to make some changes to furniture and you can’t afford to buy new pieces, you should upcycle old furniture pieces. You can learn more about how to do it properly online – it’s simple, and with a little effort, everybody can do it. You will give your furniture a whole new look with just a small investment.
The sky is the limit when you are creative and willing to make some changes.
Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a writer and designer, and her ultimate passion is art and architecture. She is also a bibliophile and her favourite book is "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner.