A beautiful home does not have to cost you your savings. In fact, some of the most catalog worthy homes that I’ve seen have been homes that have been crafted with pieces that you wouldn’t even dream of. The smartest way to redecorate your home is not by carefully hand selecting each detail, and you will be surprised by how creative and cheap you can be.
Even many of those who can afford to spend thousands on redecorating choose not too. Simply because timeless pieces aren’t always found in the trendy expensive store. Alright fine, importing a hand-carved piece from Indonesia will cost you more than just a couple hundred but there are other ways to create your dream interior.
But before we go any further, it is important that you finish step one. That is to clean your home. You cannot possibly begin to reimagine your interior if your home is cluttered and messy. Give your home a decent clean and organize your possessions. Once this is done, you will be able to see clearly and can see how your new interior can be redecorated.
I promise, after the cleaning part the fun begins. But seriously, don’t even try to skip past number one. Clean and organize! Your home will already be improved by at least two steps up.
Now that your home is organized and clean, we can begin with just a few simple tips. Follow these tips and find out how to decorate your home on a budget.
Tip number 1: Wall Art
Forget the idea that you need to have traditional framed paintings. Broaden your horizons and think outside the box. What do you like? Do you have an item or something that can be framed that means something to you? The best decorations are those that tell a story. It doesn’t have to be an obvious story either. Even if the item that is framed seems mysterious to visitors, this can actually add to the visual appeal. For example, maybe there was a flyer or a receipt of something that means a lot to you. Or perhaps it is simply a piece of fabric from a place or person that is or was very dear to you. I know this sounds obscure but when you find that something, you will understand. And if it is something small, use a slightly larger frame so that the space around the item creates a frame within a frame.
Also, don’t be shy to actually make your own frame either. While you can pick up really cheap frames at a store, you can also make your own. If you enjoy driftwood frames, these are super simple to make. Be creative and find the things that make you smile. And then put those things on your walls. It will create a lovely atmosphere and atmosphere is a key component of a beautiful interior.
Top Tip number 2: Character
This tip is a follow-through of the first.
Again, I can’t stress enough to find a style or theme that you really enjoy. Try stick to that through the home. If you enjoy the beach style, then stick to the soft pastel pallet with the driftwood (cheap because its free in most coastal places) accents. However, another idea is to find accents in antiques. You can stroll through antique shops or markets and find heirloom pieces that will add immense character to your home. Find local garage sales and second-hand shops. You never know what kind of budget treasures you could find. Plus, if you enjoy being crafty then you can even find items that can be a base for your project.
Top Tip number 3: Do it Yourself
Which brings me to number 3; getting your DIY on.
You can take on a big project or a small project but the point is that doing something yourself in your home not only adds character but it adds a touch of personalization as well. And, let us face it, when we decorate our homes it is not only for those guests that are going to see it, it is for ourselves. We want to live in a space that makes us feel we are home, safe and inspired. DIY projects add that personal touch to your home. It creates a feeling of connection and fulfillment.
Some small DIY projects could simply be painting cupboard handles.
A larger DIY project could be refreshing a simply workbench/table. Some sanding, paint, and varnish can go a long way in transforming something old into something new.
Painting inside your house is one of the most affordable ways to redecorate. And the best part? If you find that you don’t actually like it then you can very easily change it without breaking the bank or your back! You can stick to a simple color scheme or you can use an accent color- that is your prerogative. Perhaps you could even use one wall as a different color, as an accent wall.
Top Tip number 4: Save space and money
This tip is for those that are living in smaller spaces. For example, maybe you have an old storage trunk or even old of those old three-legged stools. You could double up and use the storage trunk, filing it with the things that you do not use all that often and then use the trunk as a side table or even a coffee table. The three-legged stools can be sanded down, repainted and/or varnished and transformed into the cutest side table as well.
Another tip to save money when you are looking at buying furniture is to buy a sofa bed or sleeper couch. You can then use it as a spare bed for guests if you need it. That way you do not need to spend your money on an extra bed if you know it will not get used all that often.
Top Tip number 5: Know when to dig deeper
There are certain things that will pay to invest more money in. Certain quality materials will last longer and can end up saving you money in the long run. Decide where you don’t mind paying a little more and how it will suit you. Other things like good quality mattresses can actually pay off in the long run for your overall quality of life and health. A high priced mattress is not necessarily a sales gimmick, many of the promises that are made actually make sense. Just spending one night on a quality mattress will help you to figure without with no need of outside convincing. Getting a good night’s rest is imperative to all things. Plus, you can save money on creams that you will inevitably end up buying to save a sore neck if you opt for a lower quality mattress.
Top Tip number 6: Get creative
This is pretty much-rehashing everything that was previously mentioned. But, let’s get into the psychology of it a little. Firstly, open your mind. Chances are, you have a list of things in your mind that are ‘essential’. Well, let me tell you that you don’t need all that much or that many material items to have a beautiful home. The first step when knowing how to decorate your home on a budget is to realize that less is more. Furthermore, the things you do have can be repurposed and do not need to be brand new. How about using an old ladder as a bookshelf or a kitchen shelf. Use glass bottles to fill with your cooing herbs, spices or teas. Use your everyday things and turn them into your decor. There is immense beauty in simplicity. When finding out how to decorate your home on a budget look to functional finesse. That old ladder can even become a plant stand to add some life into your home.
Fairy LED lights can be a great way to lighten up the place, you can even place them in old glass jars (instead of throwing all those wine bottles away) and use them as your low key lighting in a room.
There are so many ways to decorate your home on a budget. The best place to look for ideas and inspiration is Pinterest. You can find all types of styles and budget ideas. And once you have your inspiration and ideas, you can get your materials and tools right here!
Happy decorating and I hope that this helps you to figure out how to decorate your home on a budget.