We all take pride in our homes. But our tastes change. And sometimes we want to replace or add to pieces we have. And other times we just get bored with what we have and want new items. It sometimes take a little creativity, but decorating your home doesn't have to cost you a fortune. I'd like to share some of the ways you can get a new look without breaking the bank.
Redecorate your home on a tight budget Tip #1 - Paint
You've heard it before, but it's true. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make a big change in the look of your space is by painting your walls. A nice, clean, fresh coat of paint does wonders. If you plan to paint a drastically different color on your walls, I suggest that you invest in several sample colors, paint a block on each wall, and live with them for a week or so. It will give you time to see how the light changes throughout the day, how it affects the color, and whether you are happy with it.
Redecorate your home on a tight budget Tip #2 - Small details
When planning a room design, you typically begin with the biggest items and fill in the smaller ones after. The largest items are the ceiling and walls, flooring, and furniture. When choosing colors and finishes, I like to keep them neutral. By adding pops of color and texture in the smaller items like pillows, area rugs, window coverings, and other accessories, it will be much easier, and less expensive, to change out those items for a different look. Swapping items from room to room may also be an option. If you love what you have, use it. Using artwork, décor, lamps, rugs, or other pieces in a different area or grouping could give them a whole new look.
Redecorate your home on a tight budget Tip #3 - Repurpose and refinish
Many of us have furniture pieces that we don't love but serve some type of function. Sometimes they're hand-me-downs. Other times, they've just worn out their welcome. But, for one reason or another, we hang onto them. It takes time and money, and sometimes a lot of patience to find a new piece worthy of your commitment. And you may not have to!
If you're lucky enough to have a well-made item that is, or can be, functional for your space, use it. Shop your house. Your basement. Your attic. Look at your own inventory. Look at the lines of each piece. Think about each item in terms of the function you need and not necessarily what it was built to do. If it's not the right color or finish, most times that can easily be changed--and for a fraction of the cost of a new piece of furniture.
There are so many ways to decorate your home on a tight budget, but these are a few of the easiest and least expensive. Even if you decide to go out and buy new furnishings for your home, there are still things you can do to keep costs down. Hmmm... I may just have an idea for my next blog post.
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