Looking through the pages of interior magazines and scrolling through your favorite home décor websites, it’s easy to start falling out of love with how your home looks.
Keeping on top of trends and ensuring your home is at the cutting edge of style can be a costly business and a time-consuming one too, but it doesn’t need to be that way.
Even if you are working to a tight budget or have no spare cash right now, there are ways to give your rooms a revamp.
You can make your money stretch further by following these top tips for creating your dream home on a budget.
Make a list of all the things you would like to get done, whether that’s remodeling the kitchen or redecorating your bedroom, then prioritize. Order your list by what will have the most impact and start with those things. You can also organize by most expensive to cheapest, and this can help you figure out if you need loans for home improvement.
Instead of following the latest trends 100 percent, opt for a more classic or timeless design as your backdrop, then choose accent pieces that pick up what’s in style right now. That way, you won’t be spending lots of cash on entire interiors, which will date quickly.
Choose reclaimed materials
When looking for materials such as wood or bricks, see if you can find someone selling reclaimed materials more cheaply. You can sometimes find people giving this stuff away for free if you are willing to collect it.
Do some of the work yourself
Instead of employing professionals for everything, consider if it’s a job you can carry out yourself. Giving the woodwork a lift with a lick of paint, constructing a bookshelf, or even creating a unique piece of art might be something you could turn your hand to.
Check out thrift shops, Facebook marketplace and want ads to see if any stylish pieces are going cheaply.
Don’t replace, renovate
When you feel like you’re getting tired of the same old furniture or accessories, before deciding to get rid and buy new, think about whether you can give pieces a new lease of life. Could you reupholster that chair, give a bookcase a paint job or make new covers for your cushions, perhaps?
Paint not paper
A cost-effective way to brighten up walls is to paint instead of using wallpaper. One tin can cover quite a large area and provide the perfect backdrop to hang more interesting arts and crafts.
It’s amazing what a huge effect soft furnishings can have on a room. Hang new curtains, scatter around some cushions and throw down a stylish rug to give your space an instant lift.
Instead of replacing your entire kitchen or bathroom suite, sometimes all that’s needed is a tidy around the edges and some shiny new tiles to give the room a modern update.
If you want to give your garden a new lease of life, the cheapest way to fill your borders with color is to grow from seed, take cuttings and buy smaller plants to grow on. The result isn’t instant, but it’s more satisfying to know you’ve grown your garden yourself.
So don’t let a tight budget stop you from remodeling your home, as there are many ways to freshen up your living space that won’t break the bank.