6 Tips to Decorate Your Home on a Budget
Whether you have just moved into a new home, or you fancy a change, it’s important to invest in your property and make it feel like home.
It can take a bit of work but it doesn’t have to break your budget, in fact, some things can be done for free.
You cannot just pull things together and hope for the best.
It takes time, research, support and energy to create the home of your dreams but it feels amazing when it’s done.
Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, somewhere you look forward to coming home every day and enjoying your oasis.
From the different colours you choose to selecting the right furniture, every detail matters.
However, if you are not an interior designer or don’t have an eye for detail, then it can be a challenge.
To help you on your journey, here are some top interior design tips to create your perfect home on a budget.
1. Decide On Your Budget
A budget is not a fun part of interior design for most people, but it is an important one.
The budget needs to be decided first as it will dictate the rest of your planning and journey.
Take some time to review your finances, your circumstances, and what you would be happy and comfortable spending.
You might need to save enough funds for your updates, or you may choose to borrow money to fund your updates.
If you choose to save, you can turn your decorating into a bit of a game if you know you want, see how much you can get for free or super cheap (more tips on that below).
Please keep your budget front of mind when making decisions about the decor and renovations.
It’s easy to get excited and spend too much in areas.
Decide within your budget how much you are willing to spend on different areas of your home makeover to prevent overspending and regrets.
2. Create A Mood Board
A mood board is a great way to start when making interior design updates.
Consider the different colour palettes and items that you have seen online and in other people’s homes, and start piecing together your ideas.
This will be helpful when you’re choosing things like paint, furniture and your finishing touches, and ensure that everything in your home flows well together.
3. Research Trends
Researching current and past trends is a great way to help you get inspired by your own interior design updates.
Picking specific themes or eras to research online or through social media is one way to do it.
Watching renovation shows can give you some ideas too and there are loads of them to choose from.
It’s your choice whether you embrace a trend in its full capacity, or you can use it to inspire you and take elements from them and turn them into your own.
4. Make It Personal
Regardless of whether you use a trend or take ideas from someone you know, you should always try to put your personal spin on the updates that you make.
Renovating, updating and making changes, is a great opportunity for you to express yourself and inject your personality in your home.
You want to customise your home to suit your tastes and to fit your needs.
Make sure you include elements that you will love to come home to and get as creative as possible.
If you live with others, perhaps your spouse and children, then you should put your heads together and get input from everyone, so the home is perfect for all family members.
Not everyone will get what they want, but you can find compromises.
For example, if you own your home, let your kids decide on paint colours or their style.
If you rent, they can still have input on their bedding, furniture and decor to have a room that reflects their personality and interests.
Don’t let others sway you into a specific trend or anything though. It is your home so make it how you want it.
5. Seek Support
Support can be a good thing to seek when you are working on your interior design.
If you have the funds, then you may choose to seek the support of a professional interior designer.
Do your research, get referrals, check their style to see if it suits you and seek testimonials before choosing one to work with.
Professionals have ideas, techniques, connections and more to make the process easier but hiring someone is not essential for creating a beautiful home.
You can also seek support from your friends and family but be careful they don’t try to influence you into decorating with their taste or style.
Ask their opinions, talk your ideas over with them, or acquire their help for the updates themselves but make sure they have your interests at heart.
Working with friends and family can be a great way to make the journey more enjoyable, while also getting valuable ideas from others.
6. Hunt for Bargains
Updating your home can become a costly project to embark on unless you know where to look.
Once you know what you want based on your mood board, professional advice or your own research, you need to research more.
This time, your research needs to be focused on the price of what you want and finding it all within your budget.
When I have renovated or redecorated I’ve used Facebook Marketplace, free items from the roadside or community groups, clearance items, warehouse sales and sometimes buying new.
With my recent move, I got my dream bed, mattress, bedsides, end seat in my perfect colour and a few other items for only 20% of what I had originally seen it for by shopping around.
Saving 80% on those items meant I had ample money for a few ‘luxury’ items we wanted that were at the bottom of the decorating budget.
If you want to buy brand new, look for professional companies that offer home decor items such as half price blinds.
Almost everything I have ever bought new has been purchased for at least half the recommended retail price because I was patient and looked around.
Alternatively, you can search for second-hand items and materials, so you can make a positive impact on the environment while saving a lot of money.
This is a great way to get expensive and higher-quality items for less, sometimes even free.
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