Are you bored with your home’s decor? Do you want to change the look but don’t have thousands of dollars for furniture and art? Are you willing to spend time, elbow grease, and little money to achieve that new look you have in mind? If so, redecorating on a budget is definitely an option for you.
Redecorating your home can be an exciting opportunity to add some flair and style to your living space. But it can also be expensive and time-consuming, especially if you’re trying to do the work yourself. Luckily, there are ways to redecorate your home on a budget without skimping on quality or style.
This article will look at some creative tips that’ll get you started in turning your house into the home of your dreams while staying within your budget.
Decide on a theme
Whether you’re moving into a new place or just want to freshen up, adding new colors and patterns to your living space is an easy way to reinvent your house. But how do you know what works and what doesn’t?
The easiest way is to decide on a theme. Is it tropical? Minimalist? Contemporary? Vintage? Choose one that speaks to you, even if your style may change over time.
If you’re not sure what colors work together well, go to Pinterest for ideas. The site is full of different styles that will suit any taste. Check a few images, look around your home and decide what color will make it fresh.
Start with the basics
You can do a quick, inexpensive redecoration in as little as an afternoon. Start by selecting one simple, no-fuss room to spruce up – perhaps your guest bedroom or study – and work from there. You don’t have to complete an entire home renovation project at once; doing so is often more stressful than enjoyable.
If you’re feeling up to it, take on another room or two over time. Even if all you do is replace old bedding with new or reorganize your bookshelves and paint them a contrasting color, it’ll make all of your rooms look like they’ve been touched up without costing much money or effort.
Also, using contrasting trim work (such as white molding around an orange wall) is a great way to create depth in a room. If you don’t want to spring for an entire gallon of paint for an accent wall, try using drop cloths or inexpensive fabric swatches to achieve your desired look.
Repurpose old things
Sometimes we hold onto things because we want to remember someone or something they are connected with. If that applies to you, give some thought to whether there are other ways you can commemorate them. Important people and dates in your life deserve something beautiful — and you can afford something pretty if you set your mind to it.
There’s no need to buy anything new when you can reuse what you already have, and there are plenty of opportunities to repurpose old things sitting around your house.
If you think your sofa looks boring but you still love it just as much as your bed frame, consider buying some new throw pillows or seat cushions that match. Change the color of your table to give it a brand new look. There are many other great ways to mix up your decor without purchasing anything.
Combine items from different rooms
Before buying new furnishings, try piecing together elements from different rooms. For example, if you want to give your living room a fresh new look without spending any money, think about ways you can combine items from other areas of your house.
If you have an office or family room with bold-colored furniture, move it into your living room to add an unexpected pop of color and texture, and then use pieces in those other rooms to fill in any gaps. Then, if that doesn’t work out as planned, at least you haven’t spent money on something that might not even suit what you’re going for!
Rely on thrift stores
If you’re really looking to save money, consider hitting up thrift stores or secondhand shops in your neighborhood. Most of these places have tons of used furniture (sometimes even brand new) that might cost half as much as you’d pay at an antique store. Plus, it’s better for our planet.
And when it comes to furniture, why pay the full price when you can buy secondhand? If you’re thinking about buying new furniture, there are plenty of reasons to look at secondhand options. Even better, check out sites like Craigslist or Freecycle (both free), where people post ads about things they’re giving away for free or a little sum.
There’s no upfront cost, and it’s easier to find one-of-a-kind pieces that you can’t get at any store, so if you’re into statement decor or even if you just want to liven up an otherwise bland room, vintage shopping can be more fulfilling. Getting stuff cheaper is nice too.
You’d be surprised at how much you can get by just shopping around. For example, try buying your flooring at a hardware store or home center rather than through an interior design professional. You’ll probably save a lot of money; in some cases, you might even be able to find items that are superior to those sold through traditional retailers.
Utilize online sources
Nowadays there are endless great decor ideas online – you just have to Google. Take a look at your room, decide what exactly you would like to begin with and start searching. There are sites that help you mix and choose colors, combine and move furniture around virtual rooms, DIY tutorials. Any idea you have – someone has probably already described it online, so take advantage of that!
Try some easy painting tricks
Painting your walls can make a big difference, like allowing you to switch up your color scheme. By painting one wall in a contrasting color (maybe from white to grey), you can draw attention to that wall while creating visual interest throughout your room.
It’s also an easy trick to de-clutter because if you choose a small area in your home, you can put out any books or knickknacks in that specific section without impacting your room’s overall aesthetic.
And do not leave out your fence. If there’s one thing everyone has at their house, it’s probably some sort of fence—and fences are usually prime real estate for repainting.
Update small things
It can be easy to get overwhelmed when decorating your entire house, but getting new furniture and accessories to update small elements, like throw pillows or a vase, can help you feel like you’re working towards changing it up while saving money. During sales, keep an eye out or locate discount stores around you for unique finds that might not be available in traditional furniture stores.
Be creative, too! If you don’t want to shell out cash, there are plenty of ways to create interesting arrangements with things that already belong in your home.
Another way to save money when decorating is to hire professionals. Depending on what you need to be done, it may be worth seeking the help of a local interior designer or contractor. When you get any recommendations, use Nuwber to verify their information or check contact details.
These professionals have experience and will be able to offer creative ways to complete your project that you might not think of yourself. Of course, DIY solutions always exist for everything from repainting walls and installing trim work, but it’s much safer and often cheaper to hire someone else if you don’t have experience doing grand projects. They might also know where to get cheaper materials and other elements.
We hope you found these tips helpful for redecorating your home on a budget. We encourage you to consider all of our recommendations when planning your new home look. Remember, there are no wrong choices as long as you are happy with what you choose.
It’s always best to start small when making significant changes by focusing on minor updates each week or day instead of waiting until everything is completed at once. With creativity, time, and some effort, you can liven up your home.