While setting out to decorate your home can seem like a costly endeavour, it doesn’t have to be. Take a look through our budget-friendly decor tips and tricks below. You’ll be able to channel your thrifty inner interior decorator to create a divinely decorated home in no time!
1. Make A Plan
The very first thing you’ll want to do is make a decor-related plan. First, you want to establish a budget ahead of time, so you already have some financial perimeters to work with.
Secondly, now is the time to get some inspiration. What’s your style? What expresses your personality? Start rifling through magazines or blogs to get some ideas. If you still feel a little stuck, consider a themed room. Not only will having an established theme make your search easier, but it’s a great way to keep you from becoming overwhelmed and blowing your budget.
2. Get Organized
Clutter is the sworn enemy of a well-decorated home. Not only does it take up space, but it also attracts negative attention when it should be the other way around. Make it a priority to organize the space, first and foremost. This may mean getting rid of things you don’t need or purchasing storage bins to stow away items.
Keep in mind if you’re on the hunt for furniture, dual purpose items such as ottomans, desks, and trunks can be easily refinished and make a great hiding spot! Of course, a few home storage hacks are always handy to know as well.
3. Repurpose Existing Pieces
Now that you’ve planned and organized, take stock of what you already have. You can save some serious cash by breathing some new life into old pieces. For example, your old coffee table may be suited for the 70’s, but if it’s in good shape you can transform it completely with a little sandpaper and stain.
Consider purchasing chalk paint to add some new character to old bookshelves, end tables or dressers (without the sanding and stripping). Well-built chairs can be easily spruced up with a little reupholstering and some fresh paint. You can even consider adding additional embellishments to furniture pieces such as stick-on molding, jewels or new hardware.
4. Second Hand Savings
Kijiji, thrift stores, second-hand stores, yard sales and flea markets can be your best friends in terms of finding quality items for a steal of a deal. This is especially true for furniture. While some items may need a little TLC, you can find unique, quality pieces that can be easily refinished. Check out this handy post on how to decorate with flea market finds for some further inspiration.
5. Mirrors, Mirrors On the Wall
Not very artistic? No problem! Mirrors are a perfect way to add some interesting and fun decor to your walls without having to unleash your inner Picasso. Try grouping mirrors of various shapes and sizes together. Not only will they brighten up the room, they can even help make the space look bigger.
6. Add a Little Paint
Paint is a quick and inexpensive way to transform the look of a room. You can do all four walls, or paint a feature wall in a bold colour for an interesting focal point. Using different paint effects or stencils can also really add some flair. Be sure to clean and prime your walls first, however, to ensure great paint coverage.
Paint doesn’t have to be limited to the walls. You can also consider painting your ceiling, baseboards, window sills or, in some cases, even old floors. Spray paint is also great for old photo frames and other collectibles you may want to tie into your colour scheme.
7. Make Your Own Stuff
If you just can’t find the right items, consider making your own! For starters, photographs make great wall decor items. Not only is this an affordable option, but nothing expresses your personality more than highlighting some of your favourite people and life’s moments.
8. Know Where to Spend
While of course, you want to save as much as possible, there are a few items you should prepare to spend a little more on. Lighting is a great example. Rather than keep dull or outdated fixtures, you can really transform a room by investing in some quality lighting. This also rings true for lamps – as mismatched lamps will detract from the decor.
Other items to spend a little more on may include easy to clean and durable fabrics for curtains, pillows, bedding etc. The same applies for area rugs and furniture, as you’ll want them to resist wear and tear. As we mentioned before, second-hand stores can be great places to find quality items.
9. Be Patient
Most importantly, be patient. Sure, you may not find everything you’re looking for right away. But a little perseverance will pay off. Wait for sales, or be diligent in visiting thrift stores until you find that perfect piece. Rushing into purchases (even if they are discount ones) can cost you more long term.
Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for affordability. Keep the above tips in mind when you embark on your home decorating journey – you’ll be happy with both your decor and your bank account balance.