How To Save Money When Decorating Your Home
Regardless if you are a professional interior designer working on a large project or just want to redesign your kitchen, it always pays to know the best ways to save money when decorating your home. Decorating your home can be costly and often comes with stress, hassle, and a lot of mess. Even the smaller tasks are never as easy or as quick as you think, especially if you are not too creative. Keeping that in mind, the tips chosen in this guide will save you time, hassle and of course, money.
The budget can often determine the actual style we decide to go for. For example, you may wish to turn your room from modern and minimal to retro chic and to do this you will need wooden type furniture, bespoke features, and vintage lighting. All of these things together can be expensive, but with these tips you can achieve this look and have money to spare. Below are 20 great ways to save money when decorating your home!
Tip 1 – Find Free Materials
You will be surprised to find out how many things you can actually get for free! A lot of people will want to just get rid of items they do not want anymore because they are moving or redecorating themselves and cannot be bothered to try and sell them. This is where you can get some amazingly useful items without spending a cent.
Ask friends and family or checkout local Facebook Groups for opportunities to turn other peoples excess into something you can use. From small table lamps, to area rugs, to tables and chairs, and even knickknacks, people will often happily give you these things for free if you are able to pick them up.
Tip 2 – Improve Existing Furniture
Before you start selling, giving away or throwing out the furniture in a room it might be worth considering if it can be updated or improved. A big trend in interior design is repurposed and reupholstered furniture, especially with wooden furniture.
As the vintage look has never been more popular, there are numerous consumers who are repurposing old tables and chairs and other household items. This is a great way to bring new life to something that was once nearly thrown away. Even something as simple as adding paint to a mirror or adding a colorful slip cover to a chair or couch can make a big difference.
Tip 3 – Featured Wall
One of the quickest and easiest ways of adding a fresh new feel to a room is through painting or wallpapering the walls. Paint and wallpaper vary in price, but one thing that is consistent with this is the amount of time it takes. Updating a room can often be accomplished in a day and the entire home can be done over an extended weekend.
However, if you are not an effective painter or lack the resources to take on an entire area, to save money and time you can simply just update one wall, the feature wall. You might be surprised at how much a feature wall can change a room’s dynamic. It draws the eye as soon as you enter and instantly sets the tone for the rest of the space.
Tip 4 – Update the Fixtures
Your bathroom and kitchen fixtures are often untapped resources when it comes to adding a new design feature to the room. By simply changing the builder grade metal finish to copper, brushed nickel, or another popular option, you can quickly update the style without having to purchase a new sink or bathtub.
This is one of the do-it-yourself projects that can have a profound impact on the overall room appearance. You can easily showcase a spaces style by accessorizing with new fixtures. Just ensure you try to keep the same fixture style throughout the room so they do not distract from the overall room look and feel.
Tip 5 – Laminate Worktops
Replacing a worktop can be expensive, but also one of the best ways to redecorate a room. It instantly breathes new life into the space whilst setting the tone and creating a brand new feature that is guaranteed to impress. This can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. This is because people will usually prefer the feel and style of natural wood or stone for their worktop space.
The good news for those who are budget conscious is you can now have this natural style without having to pay out big thanks to modern laminate worktops. Recent technological advancements give laminate sheets a nearly identical look to the real thing and even have the same texture. They come in a vast selection of styles/colors so the options are nearly limitless. Check out this ultimate laminate sheet guide for more details.
Tip 6 – Door Handles
Changing your door handles is a very quick, easy and cheap way of creating a new design style. Although small, collectively, the right color and style door handles can have a surprising effect on a rooms look. Research what material and color goes with what color and type of home, or visit a home décor store for fresh ideas, to ensure the option you choose enhances the room you are updating.
Tip 7 – Never Underestimate the Power of Mirrors
Mirrors do so much more than you might think. They can add light to a room, give the appearance of increased size, and add seamless flow you cannot otherwise achieve. They come in an array of styles, colors, and shapes so you can typically find exactly what you are looking for if you decide to spend a few dollars for one or more.
However, many of us are guilty of not making the most out of the mirrors we already have. Before you go out and invest in new ones, it is a good idea to look at the ones you already have and see how they can be improved. Maybe it would look better in a different room or nearer natural light or perhaps a little bit of decorative flair such as fabric, beading, a splash of color, or a new border is all you need.
Tip 8 – Bring The Outside In
The past few years has seen a surge in popularity with indoor plants being used to create a new type of bohemian style. Often in vintage looking pots and even hanging from indoor trellises or from the ceiling, these indoor plants are relatively cheap and a great way of updating your interior design. They can also be used to brighten up a room or to introduce an entirely new color to a setting.
If you really want to make a bold statement with a signature room piece, you can boldly add a water feature to give the indoor space an outdoor feel. Whether used as freestanding or table-top art or even hanging from a wall, they are sure to catch the attention of anyone who comes into the house.
Tip 9 – Shop Second Hand
This may seem like one of the more obvious ways to save money when decorating your home, but shopping through second-hand or thrift stores, flea markets, and swap meet sales can result in finding fantastic items for incredibly low prices. It is also a great way to get a bargain on a novelty item or eclectic piece you have coveted to complete a space.
Some designers make a great living this way so it is definitely worth checking out local options for bargains. There are also a variety of bargain sites so do not limit yourself to only shopping in person. If there is a market for it, you can bet it can be found for sale online.
Tip 10 – Use Lighting
Soft, bold with color, accents, and even as a feature, the importance of lighting on a room cannot be overstated. Lighting has the power to create a mood and even add size to a room. If used right, lighting can completely change how a room feels and looks.
Whether you make use of natural light more or invest in some new lamps or lampshades, lighting is an interior designers best friend. To save money, look at simply changing the lampshades, bulbs or positioning of where the lights from/to and see how different your room can look.
Tip 11 – Rearrange the Furniture
This is often the first thing homeowners will do to attempt to add space or create a new look. It is easy and costs only a little bit of your time. Sometimes the best way to change the dynamic of a room, is taking the simplest approach…rearrange the furniture.
For consumers who are looking to create a calm and serene environment, implementing Hygge, Vastu Shastra, or Feng Shui into your home is a viable option. It is your place so ensure whatever you decide to do fits with your lifestyle and the environment you are trying to create.
Tip 12 – Utilize Paint
If you feel like your home needs redecorating but would like to keep it as cheap as possible then sometimes all you need is paint. A fresh new lick of paint on the walls can totally revamp your room without having to change anything else out.
If your home has a shed or garage where you keep old tins of paint then check these first before buying new ones. If there is not much in some of them then you could mix these to make a bespoke color and really add a unique touch of your own personality to your home.
Tip 13 – Use Fabric
Whether it is sheets draped over lights or a throw on your sofa, fabric has the potential to turn your room into something completely different. By using them over lamps (always think safety first) you can create a soft and subtle ambience that is much cheaper than purchasing a brand new lamp and/or lampshade.
Tip 14 – Do Not Forget the Details
Sometimes the smallest things have the largest impact. That is especially true when looking to redecorate your house. So if you are looking to spruce up your home but do not want to pay ridiculous prices for large pieces of furniture then have a look at tweaking the smaller things.
This could be anything from new cushions on the sofa, to new towels in the bathroom, to an area rug in the living room. Anything that can inject color into a room can change the interior style and help change a drab setting into a fun, bright, and creative new space.
Tip 15 – Declutter
Decluttering your home is sometimes all you need to do to revamp a room. It is a vital step so do not skip cleaning up and out. If you think you need to redecorate then always declutter first as you may be surprised to find that this is actually all your property needed!
According to the National Association of Professional Organizers…we spend 1 year of our lives looking for lost items!
Tip 16 – Wallpaper Scraps
Do you have any wallpaper offcuts or scraps at home? If you do then you can still put these to good use by adding them to staircases or wall borders. They can add a boost of color to any room whilst also creating a beautiful design feature. Chances are you have extras stored away so why not put them to use and help with decluttering at the same time.
Here are a few other uses for wallpaper scraps. They can be used to cover lampshades, drawer linings, privacy window shades, light switch covers, and everywhere else your creative mind can think of.
Tip 17 – Layer Rugs
Carpet or hardwood flooring can be pricey, but a fantastic way of updating your floor without having to break the bank is to simply layer rugs together. You do not have to use expensive rugs for this because you are layering them together. They make a space look rich and feel warm.
Get creative with it and enjoy making your own design feature. Go with colorful choices, bold designs, or stay close to the vest and stay inline with your homes overall theme and style. A added benefit is the more layers you use, the better able to absorb sound the space will be.
Tip 18 – Group Similar Items Together
If your home has large walls you have decorating challenges that require some thought. That is especially true when decorating within a smaller budget. Trying to fill a large space can get expensive if you are looking at buying large items, such as a full length mirror.
However, if you group smaller, cheaper items together then you can fill this gap, save money and add a whole new dynamic design feature to the room. If artwork is your thing, you can put a couple of pieces together to create a story or make a strong statement. If you have a themed space use your imagination to create something unique and interesting that visitors will appreciate.
Tip 19 – Mix and Match
It is incredibly easy to go over budget when decorating your home. Scope creep can kick in nd before you know it you are in deep. Sometimes it really pays to compromise, on the items themselves, not the style. Mixing different types of furniture is a great way of adding a modern style to any room.
For example, a dining room chair is not too expensive to purchase on its own, but if you need 6 then the costs can really add up fast. So, instead you can simply get two for the ends of the table and then cheaper chairs for the middle. It can still look fantastic and save you money.
Tip 20 – Swap Party
Swap parties are still popular thanks to the fantastic bargains you can get! We all have different tastes so these parties are a wonderfully collective mix of furniture and furnishings. Start furniture swapping with friends and family and have a great time whilst updating your home decor.
If you have a plan to accomplish your home renovation goals, as this article points out, there are many ways to save money when decorating home. Whether you follow one or more of the provided tips, remember to reflect on what you want the outcome to be then take the appropriate steps to make that dream a reality. Happy decorating!
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