Creating a beautiful home doesn’t need to cost a fortune. We can see lots of Instagram posts of dream homes, and when you click on the post the items listed can be really expensive. But it doesn’t have to be that way, you just need to know where to look, and the kinds of items that are worth buying because they are built to last. So why not give your home a new lease of life without having to break the bank? With all of that in mind, here are some of our top tips to help decorate your home on a budget. Sometimes, one of the simplest solutions can have the biggest impact, so here are some easy ideas to help to transform all of the rooms in your home.
Add Colour on the Walls
When the cost of homes is rising and rising, we live in a society that is very much ‘don’t move, improve’. Having a lick of paint is something that is quick, easy and an inexpensive way to freshen up your home and help it to look like new, with an instant lift. Adding in a feature wall can be a good idea, especially if you don’t want to go too bold, or you could go all out decorate a whole room in a new shade. There are also things to consider like paint effects. A current trend is a plaster effect, which is looking like it is going to be big over the remainder of the year. Geometric shapes can also be created with paint on walls, but can easily be created using masking tape.
Look at What You Have in a Different Way
Buying new furniture can really add up. Although there are some bargain places that you can get furniture, there are no costs associated with looking at what you already have in the home. Could you start by moving some furniture around, or perhaps changing furniture from room to room so it looks completely different? You need to also look at your items in a different way, as they can be updated and changed quite easily. Chalk paint is a quick and easy way to update wooden items, like chairs or bookcases. You could also look to sell items that you no longer need on local Facebook groups, as well as well on sites like eBay.
Built to Last
One of the best ways to be frugal, is to find furniture and items for the home that are going to last for a long time. There is a saying that if you buy cheap you buy twice, and that statement is often true. So it is a good idea to look for quality items that can be durable and last for years to come; then you get real value for money. Look to get strong beds, for example, as well as furniture from durable materials, like leather for sofas and beanbags, oak for tables and chairs, and so on. When something is built to last it is going to last much longer.
Choose Your Lighting
Light in a room, and getting the right light in a room, can be something that can transform the mood of your home really easily. And the good news? Lighting can be something that can be changed easily and cheaply. Even just a different lampshade or light fixture in the centre of the room can make a difference. You could try replacing some mismatched table lamps that you’ve just been putting up with for now, for example. You could place one on either side of your sofa or bed, and the cohesive style could really bring things together.
Add Light with Mirrors
On a similar note, light coming from mirrors can make such a difference and be a really cost-friendly alternative to getting art on your walls. Mirrors reflect light in the room, making it look much brighter, as well as giving an illusion of space, so they can work wonders in smaller rooms in the home. You can find mirrors to suit your style too, and the style of the home, and often, as long as they are well looked after, they can last for a long time as well. You can even find good quality mirrors in thrift stores, if you are looking for a vintage or retro vibe. They can quite easily change the look of a room, though, especially if they are used as wall art, and you choose a variety and in differing styles.