With the economic crisis still affecting many of us, a lot of people have had to cut back on certain things and learn the art of budgeting and saving. Decorating and making changes to our homes can be very important depending on what needs to be done, but it doesn’t need to be expensive. For those who are in desperate need of some household maintenance but simply can’t afford to do it, here are some tips on how to decorate your home on a small budget.
DIY and be conservative
Over time, it’s only inevitable that furniture begins to wear down. Be it the couch, floors, lights, coffee table or wooden chairs, nothing stays new forever. That’s not to say you have to throw them out or buy new ones however, because of course that will be a very costly purchase.
Instead, get your hands dirty and do some DIY. Sand down the chips and repaint the surfaces. You’ll be having brand new-looking furniture in no time and save a lot of money at the same time – double bonus! Another option for more practical and everyday uses such as the lighting in your home that you can impact is to make sure to save their energy by not using them when you don’t need too.
Remember those gorgeous lights you bought from Lampcommerce when you moved in, the ones that are still going 10 years on? Well, with summer here, we only really need to turn the light switch on at night, so it’s a great idea to conserve their life, making them usable for another 10 great years!
You will be surprised at just how much a whack of paint on the walls will have your home looking like it’s had a full makeover! Painting walls is one of the simplest yet effective ways to make a huge difference and improvement to a fresher looking house. Although paint doesn’t come cheap, it does last for a very long time so will save you money having to redecorate every few years, and only very rarely will you need to touch it up again. Of course, buying a more quality branded paint will cover the area with lesser coats and maybe even leave you with left over paint meaning that you can even paint another room if you wanted too!
Be creative with your things
A simple, effective and absolutely free way of transforming a room in your home is by making use of the things you already own. For example, you might have a plastic storage box that has a pile of junk in it that you don’t need. Empty it out and make use of it by filing important documents or even your shoes in there. A bit of de-cluttering will open your eyes to all the wonderful things you have, and also make you think of creative ways to get the best use out of them.
Wallpaper is making a comeback!
There was a time long ago when wallpapering was considered tacky and old-fashioned, and a big no no for home décor. But, it’s relieving to know that that is now a thing of the past! Now, wallpapering has become very fashionable and a popular choice again, great news for those of you who do not have perfectly plastered or smooth walls.
Wallpapering is the perfect way to cover all wall imperfections and save on the costly repairs of trying to smooth and straighten things out. Wallpaper is also a great way of adding transformation to a room without going over the top. Depending on the room, tone and look you are going for, you can choose wallpaper that will either be the focal point or a modest background of the room.