How to Decorate on a Budget
Looking to spruce up your home but feeling like you don’t have the budget? No need to worry, because we can help you come up with cheap ways to make your home or office space feel new.
Have An Idea Sketch Or Inspiration Ready
Decorating can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know where to begin. And chances are, when you decide to have a go at it without a clear picture in mind of what you want to happen, you will be wasting a lot of resources on things that you may just end up not using anyway.
To make sure that you have a clear plan, start an idea sketch. You don’t have to be an artist to do this. Whatever you can scribble will do, as long you are able to understand it yourself. Or if you can’t make one, you can draw up ideas from the Internet.
Set a Budget
And now that you have your inspiration ready, establish how much you are able to spend. When setting a budget, be sure that it is realistic (not too low), within your means, and is enough for what you need.
Check Out Thrift Stores In Your Neighborhood
In case you need new furniture or home decor, make sure to pay your neighborhood thrift store or secondhand shop a visit. It’s true what they say—someone’s trash may be someone else’s treasure. And you’ll be surprised at the things you will find for a very cheap price.
If you’re extra lucky, you may chance upon a nice piece of antique furniture, which mostly cost a lot when you go to antique shops.
Less is More
When decorating, always remember that less is more. You don’t have to spend on too many things. As a matter of fact (and this is true for smaller spaces), having too many things can make an otherwise cozy space cramped and unattractive.
Use your idea sketch to guide you on what to buy, and as much as possible, don’t buy anything more. By doing so, you are able to achieve your decor plan and stick to your budget at the same time.
Reuse Old Decor And Furniture
Remember those old cabinets and dressers and paintings that lay forgotten in some stock room somewhere? You might want to revisit them and see if there’s anything that you can use. You might just be surprised at how much of the things that we discard are actually still useful and can look pretty nice refurbished.
If you happen to have some of these things hidden away somewhere, why not try to see if a paint job or a simple repair might not give them a new life and maybe even give your home a fresh new look?
So see, decorating does not have to be expensive, nor does it have to be so complicated. Just make sure that you are clear on what you want and how much you can spend—and stick to it.