Changing up the décor of your home or decorating a new home for the first time can be expensive. These smart tips will help you to get the atmosphere and look you want for a fraction of the price.
1. Repurpose Items from Around the House
Start in one room and decide what you need to make it perfect, such as a mirror, end table or lamp. Before heading to the store, look around your home, basement or attic. A bookshelf that is crammed into your bedroom may look perfect in your living room. Painting or re-staining the item can make it fit into the color scheme you want.
2. Use Spray Paint
Spray paint can transfer older, outdated pieces into modern and professional-looking décor. Gold spray paint is particularly popular right now. Try using it to re-purpose an older item such as a centerpiece, make accessories look modern or in small touches on furniture. Always spray evenly and use a high-quality spray paint. Use letter stickers or vinyl to personalize or add quotes to vases or wood blocks by applying the stickers, spray painting and then removing the stickers after the paint is almost dry.
3. Shop at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores
The old adage that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure is particularly true when it comes to garage sales and thrift stores. When shopping, look for pieces of furniture that are sturdy and well-made. Wood furniture can easily be sanded and stained or painted to fit the décor of your room. New hardware on an old dresser or a modern stencil on a table can update the look of older, vintage furniture while saving you money on newer pieces.
4. Change the Furniture Layout
Sometimes all a room needs to look new and different is a furniture change. Besides a little elbow work, moving furniture in a room is free, can create a more open feel or make a room cozier.
If you can’t afford new furniture or rugs, use accessories to update your household look. Books from around the house or a used book store can fill a wall and add color to a blank space. Souvenirs from places you’ve visited, family heirlooms or special mementos can be used to accessorize a shelf or entertainment center while bringing a bit of the past into your home. New throws or pillows for the couch can change up your sitting area when a new couch isn’t in the budget.
6. Use Lighting and Mirrors
Mirrors and light can make a room look bigger and create a warm, inviting living space. Place mirrors in the foyer or small spaces to create the illusion of space. Hang inexpensive lights to add interest and light in darker rooms.
7. Use Natural Touches
One of the easiest ways to decorate a room on a budget is by using natural décor. Lemons, limes and oranges in a white bowl bring color and style to a kitchen, while fresh or high-quality artificial flowers bring a classy look to a foyer or living room. Spray painting a branch for a table centerpiece, filling a bowl with pine cones or using seashells in a clear glass vase in the bathroom help to add details without costing money.
Household décor doesn’t have to be expensive. With these tips, tricks and a little hard work, your home will have the look you want in a short amount of time with a small amount of money.