Beautifying on a Budget: Money-Saving Tips for Decorating Your Home
When you’re a couple moving in together, you quickly realize something: your design tastes demand more money than you have in your wallet. Fret not. With a small budget and a little creativity, you can breathe life into your home décor without draining your bank accounts. Here are a few tips to get you going in the right direction.
Take Advantage of Resources
There are several ways to save money when shopping for home decorating products. Bed, Bath & Beyond, for example, is where you can go to get a wide variety of items on clearance, such as bath towels, curtains, wall art, candles, coffee makers, and more. Before you make any purchases, do some quick online searches to turn up coupon codes or in-store offers to bulk up on savings. Along with looking at major retailers, it may be worth your time to check out online classifieds (e.g. Craigslist, Backpages) and garage sales for the items you need.
Give Your Walls a Makeover
One of the most cost-effective things you can do to tailor the design of your home is paint. Start by throwing a bright color on your front door, and then tackle the interior room by room. Light neutral colors (e.g., gray, greige, beige, taupe) are popular because they tend to make each room feel larger and cleaner, as well as leave more room for creative decorations. The occasional accent wall can pop nice in space, and you can usually find affordable art and other wall decorations to spruce things up. To help lower the cost of paint and accessories, keep your eyes peeled for sales from stores like Sherwin-Williams.
Use What You Have
Another way to save money while decorating your home is to work with what you have. For instance, instead of getting rid of all your furniture and starting over, keep the pieces that are structurally sound. Cosmetics can always be fixed. Check local prices for reupholstering and consider slipcovers, which can easily be changed for different seasons. Refinishing or painting wooden pieces (e.g. chairs, headboards, frames) can also breathe life into your furniture. For your appliances and cabinets, switching out the knobs and handles can make a big difference.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Along with refreshing your furniture, rearranging it can do wonders for your interior. Experiment until you find the layout that gives you the perfect amount of space in each room. If you like to read, figure out how to work in a cozy reading nook in one or two of the rooms. If you have an accent wall, fireplace, or special art piece, consider using it as the focal point of the room by arranging the furniture around it. Best of all: rearranging doesn’t cost a thing!
Modernize Your Lighting
Making sure you have adequate lighting in all your rooms is essential for a comfortable home. Leave window space open where you can to allow natural light to shine through during the day. If you need to add a couple lights here and there, don’t hesitate. It’s also a good idea to change out any outdated or tacky light fixtures with more modern fixtures; you can find a variety of styles at a reasonable price online and at home improvement stores.
It is possible to decorate your home on a budget. Look around for good deals through coupons, online classifieds, and garage sales. Show your walls some love by painting and adding unique, affordable decorations. Work with the furniture, cabinets, and appliances you have by freshening them up, and get creative with designing your furniture layout. Finally, give some thought to your lighting. You may be surprised by how much these projects can transform the look and feel of your home.
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Article By: Natalie Jones