Do you find yourself wandering around your house thinking, “I really want to redecorate, but I just don’t have the budget for it”? Well, guess what? Redecorating your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are many ways you can freshen up your living space. You simply need to plan, be creative about it, and focus on incremental improvements rather than one-time big-time refurbishment.
In this blog, we give you 10 tips on how you can decorate your home even on a tight budget.
1. Do it yourself
One of the biggest misconceptions about redecorating the home is that it requires a professional. If you have plenty of cash to spare, sure. But if you’re strapped for cash, you can absolutely do it yourself. There are tons of free inspiration and tutorials online that you can follow. If you’re not quite confident in your redecorating skills, spend time gathering up your resources, focus on the things you can do, and get some help from family and friends.
2. Keep things neutral
You can’t go wrong with neutrals. While lively colors can surely enhance the personality of your home, neutrals are timeless and can withstand trends. It’s always good to have a neutral base that you can then accent with colorful or trendy pieces.
3. Choose the right paint for your walls
Sometimes you really do need to redecorate, but oftentimes, it might just be that your walls need a fresh coat of paint. So instead of rushing to the dollar store to buy cheap decor, perhaps it’s best to head to your nearest hardware store and invest in a few cans of paint to freshen up your interior paint job. Choose colors that brighten and widen your space. If you’ve always wanted to try an accent wall, this is your chance. Even the act of moving your furniture to paint your walls could inspire you anew and see what you already have
4. DIY art
You may be dreaming about having an entire wall of expensive contemporary art pieces worthy of the MOMA, but that’s not exactly budget-friendly. If you have an artistic streak, why not display it in your own home?
Design your own digital art, print it, and hang it with a gallery-worthy frame. Here’s a tip: get your digital assets from Creative Fabrica. Sample their selection on their freebie library where they have fonts, SVG crafts, graphics, and patterns that you can download for free.
5. Hunt bargains for big-ticket items
If you feel the need to replace your linens, china, or tableware, hold that thought. Don’t buy the moment you get the urge. Wait for the sales so you can score quality items on a discount. In the meantime, research the best brands to invest in so you can maximize the sales with great quality products that will last you a long time.
6. Mix inexpensive with expensive pieces
Decorating on a low budget doesn’t mean making do with cheap stuff. Sometimes, you just need to be strategic about what you choose to spend big money on. Not everything on your mantelpiece needs to be an expensive heirloom piece. Choose one timeless piece, save up for it, and then boost it with pretty but less expensive pieces.
7. DIY accent wall
If you’ve always wanted to play around with the color of your walls, you don’t need to splash some crazy paint all over your house. Choose a wall to accent and have all your experimental fun there. Here’s a tutorial on how to create an accent wall in your house.
What makes accent walls exciting is that you don’t need to spend too much to change the entire look of your home. The accent wall can give your space that much needed oomph that might be missing.
Tip: DIY your own patterned wall. Generate an AI seamless pattern using CF Spark Patterns.
8. Repurpose or refurbish old items
Whenever you feel tired of seeing the same things over and over again in your home, you might jump to the conclusion that the best solution is to replace them all. But, remember, you’re on a budget.
Before hauling your stuff out to a yard sale, look at them from a different point of view – what if you simply need to repurpose or refurbish instead of replace? Maybe you just need to repaint your coffee table or reupholster your sofa. There are so many ways to repair what you have or make them new.
9. Decorate with estate sale finds
Estate sales are excellent venues to find great quality items at a bargain. They’re especially the best places to find great furniture. When evaluating your picks, look at the shape and condition of the furniture and not the upholstery or paint job. You can always reupholster or repaint a piece of furniture but you can’t do anything if it has bad bones to begin with.
10. Set a budget
This is a no-brainer. If you’re on a low or tight budget, you need to set the price and stick to it. This forces you to avoid impulse shopping and really consider what you need to redecorate your home. Oftentimes, you find that in evaluating your home, you may not even need to replace any item you already have or even buy anything except a coat of fresh paint and some cleaning materials.
As you will see, decorating your home doesn’t need to cost you thousands of dollars. Often, all you really need is your imagination, creativity, and patience. Examine what you already have, think of ways to freshen up your space, and have fun decorating.