When you move into a new home, whether you’re buying or renting, you will be keen to get the place looking as good as you want it. There may be some limitations as to what you can do if you’re renting, but other than that, you should have plenty of options. The thing is, you may not have the budget to get all of the things done that you want to; right away at least. So mixing things up a little is always a good idea. Not to mention that if a room is planned out in advance, you can save up for things along the way. Yes you might have to have a less-than-ideal sofa to begin with, but when you know your end goal, it makes it easier to save up for the pieces that you want.
Only buy things that you really want and will really love in your home is the best way to go. Otherwise, the home can end up looking cluttered. And you’re likely to end up ‘buying twice’ if you buy something cheap just to fill the space to start with.
Here are a few practical home decor hacks for getting the look that you want and all without it having to cost you a lot of money.
// Things like indoor roller blinds can be a more affordable than getting thick and heavy curtains. They can look more modern and be a little more practical too.
// A few coats of gold spray paint can do a whole lot for some older pieces of furniture. Take an old floor lamp, for example. The metal stand can be sanded down slightly for a smooth finish, and then sprayed fresh. You can easily create some of the pieces of furniture that you want, rather than having to buy.
// The same goes for reupholstering chairs or repainting old dressers, for example. Look around in thrift stores or for second hand pieces. But don’t just look at them at face value. Look for their potential. If there is a wooden bookcase that is just the size that you’re looking for, then can it be sanded, and then painted or varnished? When you spend a little time ‘upcycling’ it can mean you spend a lot less, but get some really great pieces that are unique to you.
// Being able to decorate your home for the holidays can be fun, and a great way to celebrate. But if you’re on a budget, then it is going to cost you quite a bit of cash to get the cute Halloween, Easter, or Christmas decorations that you want. So the key to this is to buy out of season. When you buy these kinds of items just after the holidays have been, they will be a much better price, and you can just save them until next year.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can get your home looking as you want it. You don’t need to spend a lot either. Just get creative and practical, and spend a little time planning out how you want the space to look.