Reading splendid home decor magazines will put you through what is called ‘home inferiority complex’. They may make you believe that decorating your house depends on spending lavish amounts of money. Fortunately, there is no truth in this. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of ways to decorate your home from top to bottom spending only a few hundred dollars and not thousands! It is a happy fact that by putting in little time and creativity, you can give your room a completely new look for less than a hundred dollars.
So, home decors not that far-fetched of a dream as typically portrayed in magazines. What really matters is your own interest in learning ways to redecorate the space using minimum budget. Once you have samples of how other people have worked on their rooms!
How to start?
Are you seriously interested about decorating your home at low budget? If so, then here are a few things you can do to make that happen.
First of all, get your mind of all those lavish TV advertisements and stop reading such magazines! They will always give you the most expensive and non-practical advice on decorating your home. Therefore, it is better to get rid of them.
Instead, try looking for different and alternative solutions! When you approach this situation differently, only then you will be able to find out practical ways.
Here we are giving some of the most useful tips that will help you decorate your home under budget.
1. Do it yourself!
Rest assured that you can comfortably take on any type of remodeling or redecorating job. It will only make it more affordable and cheaper than having to hire a contractor. Whether you need flooring or kitchen backsplash, it is achievable at lower rates by doing the job on your own.
Here is a little detail of how much a DIY can save you
- By installing vinyl or linoleum flooring will save you around $350 as professional contractor usually costs around $700!
- DIY hardwood flooring will save you approximately $450 whereas professional services will cost you more or less $850!
- If you chose to install the kitchen backsplash on your own without professional help, you can save an amount up to $550!
In view of these massive differences, a DIY job would be far more economical than hiring a professional contractor.
2. Re-arranging furniture
Many people fail to realize this but the fact remains that you can change the entire look and feel of a room by simply rearranging the furniture. If, for example, you see the back of the couch when you walk into the living room, you can alter the entire look by simply moving sofa to the opposite wall! It costs absolutely nothing.
Can’t find a good way to rearrange the furniture? You don’t necessarily need new furniture. Instead of hitting the stores, it would be better to try ‘shopping your house’ and see if it helps. Chances are that it will benefit you!
Another solution is that you probably need to remove some furniture instead of rearranging it. Taking some stuff out is also a kind of rearrangement which impacts the overall look and style of a room.
3. Re purposing accessories and pieces of furniture
If you have searched your whole house and still cannot find any suitable furniture, don’t lose hope! There’s still something you can do. Sometimes, all you need is putting an old piece to a new use. You can give that older piece a new purpose!
For example, a table might be used as a desk and you can turn a nightstand into a TV stand! This trick is not only creative but will also ensure you save a lot of money on unwanted expenses.
Re purposing furniture also means changing its looks. For instance, you can repaint a wooden table before turning it into a desk. Also, you can separate the whole piece and using different parts in new ways.
4. Purchase secondhand things
Sometimes, it is not possible to bear with the stuff you already have. There comes a time when it becomes inevitable to part ways with the old pieces of equipment. However, you need to understand that the alternative to the outdated furniture is not necessarily the expensive and costly items.
There are better and more practical options available. For example, you can buy secondhand items available at different stores. Most of these items are secondhand for the name sake! That’s the real benefit of it. Whatever piece of furniture you require, you can get it in used condition at fairly reasonable prices. The good news is that the furniture is in fairly good condition. Therefore, you do not have compromise on anything and you can get quality stuff at affordable rates!
Using paint is one of the cheapest and effective ways to transform the looks of a room. A good professional painting has majestic impact. In a matter of few hours, paint can turn all types of faded and dingy walls into fresh and renewed walls! Using paint, you can also change the color of the walls giving them entirely different looks!
Oh, and it is also a cost-effective solution! A gallon of best quality paint only costs around $35 and it would take only 2 gallons to cover a medium-sized room.
Basically, it will only take $70 to give your room a whole new amazing look by repainting it. A painting job is far more comprehensive than just rolling it on the wall. You can, for example, add creative pain finishes to the wall which brings style and grace to the room.
6. Apply wallpaper
Wall papers are a relatively newer stuff! These are available in a large variety of patterns and designs. Some of these patterns are fairly complex enough that they cannot be produced simply with paint. A paper also creates a strong surface which can be cleaned easily as compared to a painted wall.
However, there is one disadvantage with wallpapers. They are far costlier than the paint. One roll of wallpaper costs about $30 or $1 per square foot. Moreover, they also take a little longer to be put on the walls.
In this sense, wallpaper may not be a very good idea when you are planning decorating a room on a budget. But you can still create a huge impression by using only a small piece of it.
7. Using fabric
Changing the paint is one of the quickest and most effective ways to make a room look fresher and more spacious. Paint happens to be the most economical and dramatic way to achieve this look. However, this is not the only option you have available! There are other ways to turn your room into a great space which are also equally effective and helpful. For example, you can definitely make a big impact by using fabric instead of paint!
A lot of things in a room are either made of or covered in fabric such as curtains, pillows, and furniture. You can simply switch these textiles out and add brighter colors to them that you have always wanted to have.
You will see numerous older homes featuring eye-catching woodworks. These buildings typically include Victorian mansions to craftsman bungalows. Their crown molding, chair rails, wainscoting and carved newel posts combine together to bring a visual interest to a room. However, these details are fairly missing in modern homes.
If you are looking to add some woodwork to liven up your room, you can definitely do it! Achieving this is also not very difficult. A tiny bit of decorative woodwork will transform your room from builder basic into a customized form. This can be done on a manageable budget.
9. Paying attention to details
One thing you should never do is underestimating the importance of details! You must make sure that even a small change will make a huge difference in a room. You may not realize the impact of a small change yet they will bring drastic improvement to the overall impression of a place. The change could be as small and simple as replacing hardware or accessories with new items. Doing this, will give your room a whole new feel only at the expense of a few dollars!
10. Cheap artwork
It is a fact that a room remains incomplete unless you add some sort of art to it. No matter how beautiful furniture, hardwood floors and wall you have, if the walls remain bare, the room will be incomplete. That’s because the art has a majestic influence in enhancing the attractiveness and beauty of a space.
The work doesn’t really have to be too shiny or expensive. Even though buying only one picture from gallery may cost you thousands of dollars yet that’s not the only place to go to! Fortunately, there are a lot more ways to adorn your walls for a fairly less price.
These DIY tips will help you get the best looks for your home décor at affordable rates!