Making your house a home is about incorporating your lifestyle and interests into the things that surround you. What it’s not about is seeing how much you can spend in the process. No matter how tight your budget, you can decorate your home with ease to reflect who you are, and set the pace for a comfortable, relaxing environment you can feel proud of. Above all else, you should decorate your home in a way that is both functional and pleasing to the eye. Use these interior decorating tips for budget living to get started.
Budget decorating tip # 1 – Throw a paint party!
There is absolutely no easier, or less expensive way to change the look and feel of your home than painting. A fresh coat of paint will transform a drab room into something spectacular! Don’t know which paint color to choose? When in doubt, open up your closet for a little inspiration. The colors in your clothing say a lot about which color tones you feel comfortable around. If your clothing is primarily browns, blacks, and reds, you know you’ll want to decorate your home with warm colors for your walls. If your clothing is mostly comprised of pinks, yellows, and other bright colors, then you would likely prefer cool, light-reflective colors on your walls.
Once you’ve selected a few paint samples you like, ask a few friends to come over and vote on their favorite. Then, throw a paint party! Turn up the music, provide a few snacks and enjoy the free labor your friends can provide. You’ll be finished before you know it and your room will look brand new when you’re done.
Budget decorating tip # 2 – Revamp your furniture
An important part of budget decorating is reusing the things you already have instead of replacing them with something new If your furniture is in good structural shape, simply revamp it with a slipcover. There are a variety of textures, styles and patterns that can give your old furniture an updated look at an affordable price. And since slipcovers are only a temporary covering, you can change the pattern or color with the seasons! For example during cold weather months, use a heavy fabric slipcover with warm colors. Then when spring arrives, replace it with a light cotton piece that will lighten and brighten the room. Don’t forget to use accent pillows and throw blankets to make everything pop!
Budget decorating tip # 3 – Find a focal point
Every room already has a focal point, it just may not have been discovered yet. Find a focal point and work around it to bring a room together. A focal point may either be a structural component or a decorative element that you’ve placed in the room yourself. A fireplace, large window, chandelier, or even a cherished painting can be turned into the focal point of the room. Once the focal point is determined, the rest of the accessories in the room can be decorated and arranged around it.
Budget decorating tip # 4 – Rearrange
Move everything around to give any room a brand new look. Reassign the placement of key pieces, such as sofas and chairs, and relocate smaller ones like lamps, side tables, and so on. Remember, budget decorating is about reusing the things you have, even if it means simply reusing them in a different area of the house. For example, perhaps you have a chair that is simply too big for the bedroom. Bring it out and place it in the living room instead! Have an outdoor table that goes unused? Clean it up and place it in the foyer and top it with a potted plant.
Budget decorating tip # 5 – Cheat!
You’ve probably been told your entire life not to cheat, but when it comes to decorating on a budget, it’s okay. Look to magazines and books for inspiration and find a decorating style that you like. Cut out or copy photos of the things you like most and start an Idea Book that you can take with you to the store. Look for fabrics, paint colors and accent pieces that are similar to those in your Idea Book, but are sold at an affordable price. The decorated rooms in these publications were designed by professionals, so you can cheat a little and get an expertly decorated room when you mimic their design.
Use these other decorating tips for budget living:
– Update the look of your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry with new hardware (Under $ 100.00)
– Replace your lampshades (Under $ 50.00)
– Frame children’s drawings as artwork (Free!)
– Use ‘tap’ lights as under counter ambient lighting (Under $ 20.00)
– Cover dirty or stained carpets with a new area rug (Under $ 100.00)
– Declutter your room to make it look bigger (Free!)
– Frame your favorite vacation photos (Free!)
– Replace rusted kitchen and bathroom door hinges (Under $ 100.00)
– Decorate with live plants (Under $ 50.00)
– Install hooks for holding backpacks, jackets, etc. (Under $ 10.00)
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Associated Content – Jennifer Wagner