Decorating your home is a daunting task, and can be expensive – but from needing to fill the first home you buy, to making your mark on a rental property, it’s often necessary. The good news is, making interior design changes doesn’t have to cost a bomb! If you’re on a budget but still fancy transforming your home this spring, here are a few tips to prevent you from spending more than necessary.
Create a feature wall
Painting or wallpapering a whole room in a bright colour or busy pattern can make the room seem smaller, or overwhelm your senses slightly! And it can also be expensive to buy enough paint or wallpaper to finish the job. By choosing one wall to focus your decorating efforts and leaving the others minimalist, you’ll be saving money and stay bang on-trend.
Make a wall display
If you can’t or don’t want to change the wallpaper, think outside the box when it comes to decorating your walls. Decorative dishes, heirloom quilts and decals are all low-cost options to brighten up a boring wall – and you should never underestimate the difference a nice mirror can make in adding space and interest to your room, either.
It doesn’t have to match!
Often, you’ll need more than one of something – two lamps for the bedroom, six chairs round a dining table, more than one sofa so that your family has enough space to relax. But who says these things have to match? Some of the most stylish interiors play around with mixing and matching colours, patterns and textures – and finding reasonably-priced items that will all complement each other in your home – instead of expensive matching sets – will add an air of individuality to your decorating.
If you’re struggling to furnish your home, take what you can get from family and friends and find a way to make it work. As I said above, things don’t always have to match to look chic, so even if they don’t go perfectly with your colour scheme or décor, you can always add a cover or throw to a faded sofa, paint wooden furniture white, or disguise an old table with a nice table cloth to make them adhere to your personal style. Hand-me-down furniture can be replaced when you have more disposable income, and it’s better than the alternative of living in empty rooms!
Be a bargain hunter
If you like the idea of a hand-me-down, but don’t know anyone that’s getting rid of furniture, try looking online at places like Freecycle or Gumtree, to see if there are any people in your area giving away something you need – or for a not-quite free option, raid the local charity shops instead.
Upcyling is your friend
We’ve already touched on the idea of making changes to anything you receive from friends and family, but what about giving the things you own a bit of a spruce up? Something as simple as repainting a table or adding new handles to your chest of drawers – or even new taps to your sink – can give your rooms a fresh new feel at a tiny price.
Liberty is a content strategist currently working on behalf of Lifestyle Blinds.