How to decorate your home on a budget
Published on July 11, 2018
Having a luxe looking home can prove to be difficult, especially if you have a tight budget. Fortunately, there are ways to make your home look classy or cool without having to exhaust your savings. Keeping all these aspects in mind, we’ve come up with some of the simplest and least expensive ways to make your home look elegant.
Paint your walls
It’s an incredibly cheap way of spicing up your surroundings. If the standard off-white and cream walls aren’t to your taste, go for either bold and dramatic or soft, understated hues, depending on your likes and personality. These hues allow you to add instant elegance to your home. Painting interior doors black is another great idea. It helps create an expensive atmosphere, without causing much damage to your wallet. If you choose this option, however, be sure to add some black accessories to the space to tie the overall design together.
Assign Furnishings to Double Duty
Save money and conquer a small space by having everything serve a dual purpose. Buy ottomans with built-in storage, for example. Pull-out sofa beds, coffee tables with storage space for board games or books, poufs and Murphy beds are all great multi-functional pieces of furniture.
Pillows spread throughout your home serve two purposes- elegance and coziness. Large pillows (22-inches and above) can be rested on and add some (cheap) comfort to your surroundings, while smaller throw pillows with quirky covers can really add character to a room.
Buying second-hand furniture can save you a lot of money (especially now with the addition of VAT), so make sure to peruse sites which offer deals on everything related to home furnishings. You never know what may pop up. You can find great deals there for a number of reasons: Sellers don’t know the value, sellers are eager to sell, stores are liquidating, or something is brand new and strategically listed for less than retail.
Also check second hand stores, garage sales and consignment shops for quality pieces at affordable prices
Repurpose What You Already Have
As lovely as custom curtains or a reupholstered sofa may be, they are not for the decorator on a shoestring budget. Instead, consider customizing what you already own. Add some iron-on trim to basic white curtain panels. Paint the edge of a simple black end table in gold. Wallpaper the interior of a bookcase. Or try an IKEA hack like adding a leather handle to a basic cutting board. Sometimes, just sprucing up your coffee table with a new arrangement of preexisting décor can do the trick.
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