Want your relationship with your home to last a lifetime? Show it some love this Valentine’s day! We’re not talking take it to the nicest restaurant in town and buy it a diamond ring kind of love, more like cook dinner at home and buy it chocolates kind of love. The point is, you don’t have to splurge when showing your home how much you care.
High-end home decor can be expensive for those who are living on a budget, but that doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to blank walls and strictly boring pieces. It’s very possible to decorate your home on a dime, making your space feel loved and appreciated without breaking the bank along the way. These 10 tips, paired with a bit of creativity and the ability to think outside the box, can help you give back to your home without spending a fortune
- Give Existing Pieces a Face Lift– Instead of tossing out everything you have and starting from scratch with new, expensive furniture, try to look for ways of updating existing pieces. For instance, a bit of sandpaper, elbow grease and inexpensive wood stain can turn a drab side table into something special. Before you donate or sell your old furniture, try looking at each piece from an artist’s perspective. You may be surprised by what you’re able to come up with when you approach your furniture from a new angle
- Take One Step at a Time– When you’re moving into a new home, it’s normal to have the desire to get everything done in a single blow. Instead of dividing your time and blowing your budget on halfway completing every room, consider your home a work in progress. Start with the common areas like the kitchen, living room and bathroom first. Work on those rooms gradually, and make sure you stay within the budget. Before you know it, the whole house will be finished and you’ll save a bundle.
- Turn Collections into Focal Points– If you have a quirky collection, don’t stow it away in a box somewhere. Turn it into a focal point in a room. Make your extensive collection of books the central point in a home office. Proudly display framed botanical prints. Whatever you’re into, make it a part of your home. After all, your home should be a reflection of who you are, not your ability to replicate a design catalog. You’ll be bringing a personal stamp to the space, and you’ll save money because you’re decorating with things you already have on hand.
- Learn Your Way Around a Sewing Machine– Remnants of fabric can be scored for a few dollars and turned into great throw pillows. A few yards can become incredible curtains, at a fraction of the price of pre-made curtains. When you learn a few simple sewing skills, you’ll be able to turn inexpensive fabric into a style statement.
- Cut the Clutter– One way of giving your home a completely new look without spending a dime is to clear away the clutter and make a point of getting organized. Scattered, unkempt rooms just don’t reach their aesthetic potential, no matter how beautifully they’re decorated. Take the time to clear away odds and ends and get organized. You’ll be shocked by just how big of an impact a simple organization spree can have on the appearance of a room.
- Shop in Unexpected Places– If you want your home to look just like those of everyone else on the block, by all means spend your entire budget on a paltry number of statement pieces from the major retailers. If you want a big pay-off for your investment and a look that’s all your own, start thinking outside of the home décor box. Comb the finds at a flea market or hit a local thrift shop. Some funky, exciting pieces can make a difference in your overall look and will cost a fraction of what you’d spend on mass-produced pieces at a big-box store.
- Add a Splash of Color– One of the quickest and most inexpensive ways to transform a room is to add a coat of paint to the walls. Even if you only choose to paint one accent wall in the room, it can make a big difference in the way things look. Invest in a few gallons of paint and you may find that the room doesn’t need much more help.
- Choose Double-Duty Furniture– Furniture pieces that serve more than one purpose are not only ideal for smaller spaces; they’re also perfect for designers on a budget because you’re getting the functionality of two separate pieces with only one price tag. For instance, storage ottomans provide seating and a space to stow bits of clutter. Think of ways to make your furniture serve more than one purpose and you’ll save both space and money.
- Get Green– Adding a few potted plants to a room lends an air of freshness and vitality. Spring for some interesting pots, or drill holes for drainage in flea-market container finds. Plants are relatively inexpensive and have a big impact on the room as a whole.
- Go for Molding– Stick-on crown molding can be very inexpensive, and it’s well worth the investment when you consider the style payoff. Spring for some crown molding, chair rail or faux wainscoting. The entire look of your room will change, and you won’t have to spend a fortune in order to achieve the desired effect.