Redecorating your home might seem like a distant dream because of the strain it can put on limited finances, but the reality is that you can give your home a new look without spending lots of money.
If you want to freshen up your home, the first step is to compile a plan and set a budget. Which rooms need the most work, and which ones can be put off for now? How much money can you afford to spend? Can you do the work yourself or will you have to hire decorators? The answers to these questions will go a long way toward determining how much you can take on and what you can spend.
Getting big results can sometimes come from thinking small. Instead of painting an entire room, for example, you could limit yourself to painting a single wall in the room, transforming the look and feel of the entire room for a fraction of the price.
Here is a look at some inexpensive redecoration ideas.
Are there items of furniture that you could make look like new? Upcycling means getting creative with old items and adding something inexpensive to make them fresh or even repurpose them. Something as simple as a ribbon tied around an old lampshade or repainting a chair can add a new look instantly. Upcycling also works for bigger projects.
You could transform an old cabinet into an island for your kitchen or turn a pallet into a porch swing. A rickety old stool can be turned into a bedside table, while crates can become quirky and rustic-looking bookshelves. The possibilities are endless, so do not throw away those old items of furniture just yet.
Your home might look like it needs to be redecorated, but perhaps it just needs a good cleaning. Floors and walls attract and retain dirt and dust, but there is nothing that a good scrub cannot usually fix.
If you have to paint walls or varnish floors, you can do it yourself instead of hiring someone for the job. A fresh coat of paint on kitchen cabinets has the effect of transforming a seemingly outdated kitchen and giving it a whole new look. A new shower curtain or a vintage faucet can have a similarly transformative effect on a bathroom and comes at a fraction of the cost of an entire bathroom makeover.
If you install shutters you can create a whole series of redecoration ideas without having to spend huge amounts of money. Shutters enhance the space around a window and can be installed in any room of the house. They have many different functions, from enhancing privacy and controlling the amount of light that gets into a room to insulation from noise and cold. It’s an easy way to solve a lot of problems for one price!
The type of shutter you choose depends on what you are hoping to achieve by installing them. Café-style shutters are made to only cover the lower sections of a window and are a great way to enhancing privacy because they prevent passers-by from being able to see into your home. Tier-on-tier shutters allow you to open up the top section while keeping the bottom section closed, allowing you to enhance privacy without losing out on the light entering the room.
Full-height shutters cover the entire window space with a single panel that opens from top to bottom. Also known as classic plantation shutters, they have a clean, simple look that will enhance a similar décor pattern and style in the particular room they are being installed in.
If you like using your camera, put that hobby to good use indoors by printing out some of your favorite shots and framing them. Photos make a great alternative to expensive art and add a personal touch to your home.
If you have young children, frame some of their artwork and hang it on your walls. Pressed leaves also look great in a frame. Use sea shells and similar items found on family days out to add a touch of color and nature to shelves and tables.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
To make a small room appear larger, install a mirror. A well-placed mirror amplifies the size of a room, and you can save money by having mirrored glass cut to fit a vintage frame bought in a second-hand store or at a garage sale.
Thinking big about home décor does not have to mean spending a lot of money. You can redecorate on a budget and still leave friends and family wowed by the new look in your house.
What are some other tips you have for redecorating on a budget?
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