Interior design can cost a fortune if you’re not careful. Luckily, there are ways to decorate your home on a budget without the end result looking cheap. By simply following a few of the tips below, you can achieve a designer quality home without actually hiring an interior designer.
1. From Drab to Fab With Fabrics and Paints
Undeniably one of the most dramatic changes you can make to your homes interior is with paint color. Painting isn’t only on the cheaper side of home decorating, it also goes a long way giving you, the homeowner, more makeover POW for your penny.
To add an interior designer’s touch to any room in the house, find a few throw pillows or other fabrics that tie in with your new wall color. A matching pillow here and complimentary colored rug there won’t cost a lot, but will bring the room together.
2. Decorate by De-cluttering
Clutter is the number one sign of a room that needs some decorating. So, if your dining room is a disaster or your family den is disorganized, don’t just straighten up the clutter, make sure it’s out of sight and out of mind.
Simple storage solutions like tasteful tapestries hung in front of busy shelves and storing remote controls, magazines, and other clutter either underneath the coffee table or in a side table drawer will do wonders design wise without costing a dime.
3. Treat Your Windows
Windows can hurt an interior space in two ways: either they’re too bare or have so much drapery that it looks like your hanging an 80′s prom dress out to dry. Fortunately, window treatments are easy to do and will provide a sleek, designer look for the budget-conscious homeowner.
Roller shades come in a variety of colors to fit any desired decorating scheme, they’re easy to install, and the best part is they provide all the functionality of traditional drapery without sacrificing style.
4. Reuse, Recycle, Redecorate
Starting fresh is costly when it comes to redecorating, so instead, reuse what you already have in a new way. If those old porcelain candlesticks are boring you, spray paint them a bold new color as opposed to throwing them away.
If your coffee table or dining room hutch is ruining the room’s style, sand and refinish them with a completely different stain. Likewise, if you just don’t have the right piece of furniture for your new room, try searching consignment shops and second-hand stores for discount furnishings.
5. DIY With a Little Help From Friends
Doing something yourself will give you a sense of satisfaction as well as keep some green in your wallet, so why not use a little elbow grease. Decorating a room doesn’t take a lot of experience as long as you know what you want to achieve.
And, to make DIY that much easier, recruit some volunteers in the form of friends and family. Lunch and a big thank you will likely go a long way.
Decorating on a budget isn’t as big of a challenge as most people think as long as homeowners make cost-effective decisions like the ones above.