Decorating with a big budget may be the dream, but you can still have a beautiful home without spending a lot. You just need a bit of creativity and a little insider know-how to make your home look like a million bucks, even though you only spent a few! Here are seven great decorating tips that will help you have a stylish home on a tight budget.
Paint is Your Secret Weapon
Paint is probably the most versatile item in your budget decorator’s toolkit. Simply painting your walls the right color can take a room from ho-hum to Hello! But don’t stop at the walls. Everything from floors, to furniture, to cabinets, right up to the ceiling, can be made more beautiful with a coat (or two) of paint.
Here are the most important secrets to successfully using paint in your decorating:
- Do your prep work. Take the time to clean, sand and prep all surfaces carefully. It will make all the difference between a perfect finish and one that never looks quite right
- Make sure you use the right type of paint. If you’re painting the floor, get good floor paint and be sure to use a topcoat. Or, if you’re painting cabinets, get paint designed specifically for your type of cabinets. Although it may cost a bit more, the results are absolutely worth it.
Print Your Own Art
Big artwork can make a big impact, but it can also cost big bucks. Instead of waiting to buy a big piece, why not turn your own photos into art? There are plenty of local and online printers that can turn pictures into posters for a minimal cost.
Or, if you prefer artwork over photos, there are a variety of sites that offer high-quality royalty-free downloads. Additionally, many libraries and museums have impressive collections of public domain images that would make beautiful and unique artwork.
Upgrade Your Hardware
It might seem like a small detail, but new hardware can completely transform a set of cabinets or a piece of furniture. Take an out-of-date kitchen up a level with sleek new cabinet handles and drawer pulls.
Moreover, if you’re dreaming of adding character to a standard builder’s kitchen, shop flea markets and antique stores for vintage hardware that will add instant charm. You can also give an ordinary dresser a fresh new look by upgrading the knobs to something a little fancier.
Wallpaper Always Makes an Impact
The power of wallpaper should not be underestimated! While it’s true some wallpapers can run a pretty penny, you can also get rolls that range from $30-$50 at many home retailers. And one roll will generally cover around 25-35 feet. Which means you can dramatically transform a powder room or entryway for minimal cost. You can also use wallpaper to create an eye-catching feature wall or turn a plain piece of furniture into a stylish custom piece.
Cover It Up
Do you have a comfortable couch or chair you love that has seen better days? Don’t give up on a good piece of furniture just because it’s a little bit worn or dated. Consider a slipcover instead of splurging for a replacement.
Not only will a slipcover give new life to an old sofa, but it can also protect a new sofa from inevitable spills and messes. You can get them in almost any color to coordinate with your decor. Or, opt for classic white and have that beautiful white sofa without all the risk.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get Thrifty
While it may not be quite as convenient as ordering online, thrift stores and vintage shops are a great way to get beautiful, unique decor at a fraction of the cost. With a bit of patience, you can find well-made pieces with beautiful details that will add charm and character. And if you’re willing to put in a little effort, you can turn a vintage find that has lost its luster into a favorite piece.
Shop Your House
The most economical and environmentally friendly way to update your decor is to use what you already have. With a bit of creativity, you can give your home a whole new look without spending a cent.
Start by swapping a few big pieces between rooms. Then dig through closets and storage spaces to find decor items you haven’t seen in a while. If you don’t have a stash of back-up decor, try using unconventional items in unique ways.
Get the look you want for less with these tips for decorating on a budget. And don’t worry, no one else needs to know how little your fabulous looking home cost!