When it comes to decorating your home, whether you are updating existing décor or starting from scratch, it can be an expensive task for any homeowner. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners tend to make when decorating their home, is failing to plan. Redecorating and especially decorating a new home can be an exciting time and this is where a failure to plan ahead can result in unnecessary purchases and for those on a tight budget can result in furniture and furnishings that cause resentment.
Before we dive into the tips for decorating your home on a budget, here are a few tips to help you through the planning and research stages of interior decorating.
1. Start with a budget. If you are decorating more than one room in the home, map out home much you are allocating to each space. Use a spreadsheet to divide the budget up and also use this to track your spending.
2. Once you know your budget, draw out each room you are decorating and map out where the key furniture pieces will go. This will help you to get a better understanding of how items will fit in the room together, ensuring you have enough space and avoid wasting money on unnecessary purchases.
3. Start collecting samples and inspiration pieces for the space. Go through magazines for inspirational items and get samples of paint and fabrics. Put the samples together to ensure the concept you have envisaged will work. Creating a mood board will give clarity to your design ideas.
What better way to save a few extra bucks then to DIY. Whilst you won’t be able to complete a whole room with DIY hacks, you can sure save yourself some money by making just a few items on your own. If you are a first time DIYer, start simple. An easy DIY idea is updating an old piece of furniture. Search around local garage sales or second-hand stores for a cheap piece of furniture. Try reupholstering an old armchair with more modern fabric or sanding and staining a timber coffee table. Another simple DIY idea is to update window coverings. Not only is updating your curtains or blinds yourself a great money saver, it is also a project that you can tackle yourself, even if you aren't an experienced handyman.
Art is a great way to inject your personality into a space, especially if you like to keep those other interior elements such as your lounge suite colour neutral. However, art can be rather expensive and definitely not an interior decorating element that is of high priority, especially when on a budget.
If you have found a painting that you love, and think will work well in the space, why not purchase it as a print instead. It’s a great way to get the same artwork without the price tag. You can pick up some reasonably priced frames as well to complete the look. If framed prints aren’t for you, why not try painting a feature wall instead. This will instantly give the room a facelift and inject some colour into the space.
Plants and flowers are the perfect way to liven up a room and a simple way to introduce colour. However, flowers don’t last forever and if you don’t have the green thumb to take care of some indoor plants, you don’t want to constantly be replacing your greenery.
Try artificial plants and flowers, for a low maintenance way to add colour and texture to your space. The best part is you don’t have to take care of them and they are a one-off purchase that will last forever.
4. Investment pieces
Each room in the home will usually require at least one expensive piece for example, a dining table for the dining room or a lounge suite for the lounge room. Depending on how you work your budget, it’s a good idea to invest in a quality item for the most important décor element in the room.
Usually the most important element is the one you will use most and the one item in the room that you want to last for a long time so spending a bit more on this item can be worth it. However, ensuring this investment piece is a worthy investment may take some research and time however, can be worth it in the end if it is an item you will keep for years to come.
Interior decorating doesn’t have to be expensive with these helpful money-saving tips at hand. Just remember to start with a budget, do your research and plan the room before purchasing any items.