31 May Decorating your home on a budget
Creativity & simple touches go a long way
Having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you have a tight decorating budget. Fortunately, there are ways – even on a shoe-string – that you can get the look you dream of. Ideas that call for just a little imagination can add instant style to any decor.
Creating a neutral color scheme for your home gives you the most flexibility for decorating every room. This flexibility is a budget saver because you can add almost any accent color or decor to a neutral backdrop.
STORAGE IS KEY
Building a desk, shelves or closet doors is an inexpensive way to get your clutter out of sight which results in a clean and sleek space.
BUILD A HEADBOARD
Create a focal point in your bedroom by building one yourself. A headboard grounds the space and sets the tone for the entire decor.
MOVE THE CURTAIN RODS UP
Fake a high ceiling with strategically placed window treatment. Make a room seem taller by installing the curtain rod above the window frame.
LESS IS MORE
Surprisingly, one of the most affordable ways to make your home look elegant on a budget is completely free. All you need to do is clean and declutter your home.
REPURPOSE FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
Repaint or refinish a wooden table then convert it to a desk – or deconstruct an existing piece of furniture and use the different parts in new ways.
Papering an entire room can be quite costly, but you can still make a big impact by covering a small space or feature wall with a unique design.
COZY IT UP WITH PILLOWS
Accent pillows, decorative throws and floor cushions create an inviting sanctuary that oozes comfort, as if to say come in, kick up your feet and stay awhile.
SEW YOUR OWN
See something you love but the price tag was a little too high? Why not make it yourself? Making your own textiles and accessories is a great way to save on costs.
PAINT AN ACCENT WALL
Add a focal point by painting one wall in a contrasting color. If the room is beige or white, paint one wall a deep red or bright green. The vivid color will naturally draw the eye.
SHOP WITHIN A BUDGET
Take the time to create a budget for each section of your home, considering the savings you will find by shopping at second-hand stores, consignment shops and even flea markets.
As you’ve discovered, even if you don’t want to spend a ton, you can add instant ambiance to any décor with just a little creativity and some simple touches – creating a stylish, inviting home for yourself and your guests.