On average, it costs $6,705-$7,823 to have a professional redo just your living room. Other rooms, like the kitchen and bathroom, can cost even more.
So, what can you do when your home is in need of a facelift, but you don’t have that kind of cash laying around? Well, thankfully, not all makeovers have to be so expensive.
In fact, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can get a beautiful and stylish home for a fraction of the price.
Do you want to know how? Keep reading to discover our top tips for decorating on a budget.
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Declutter and Rearrange Furniture
Take a look around your home. Is your furniture still in good shape? Do your flooring and paint look fresh and new?
If this is the case, you may not need to spend a dime to give your home a whole new look. In fact, you may even be able to make money!
If your home is looking a bit cramped, start by decluttering to get rid of decor and extra pieces of furniture. You can then sell these for a small profit.
After you’ve decluttered, the room should feel a lot more open and relaxed. Take the time to rearrange your furniture in a few different configurations to see which you like best. Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking the flow of traffic and aim to strike balance with your arrangement.
Update Inexpensive Touches
Oftentimes, small details can make a huge impact.
Start by identifying small, inexpensive touches in each room that you want to redecorate. In the living room, this is likely lampshades and throw pillows. In the bathroom, focus on the shower curtain and bath mats.
If your walls and furniture are neutral colors, this is the perfect opportunity to incorporate pops of color or pattern to personalize the space and really help it come to life.
Opt for Light Window Treatments
When a room is poorly lit, it often appears dull, small, and even dingy. But, by adding a bit more light, you can help make it appear larger and more welcoming.
While you can always add more lamps or use higher wattage lightbulbs, utilizing natural light is the best way to achieve this warm and welcoming feel.
Light window treatments help to frame your windows without blocking out that amazing natural light. So, opt for light or neutral colors and fabrics that aren’t too heavy. You can then install white shades if you ever want to be able to block out light.
Use Decorative Paint and Plaster
“Wait, isn’t all paint decorative? And what exactly is decorative plaster?”
Well, decorative paint does more than just give you color. It also gives your walls a unique effect, like adding sparkles or a metallic sheen. Decorative plaster can be used to give your walls some added texture and an almost marbleized appearance.
These can be used to update a ceiling, piece of furniture, or even an entire room. And it’ll surely help give your home a unique look that will make all your neighbors jealous.
Create an Accent Wall
Wallpaper and decorative paint and plaster can get a bit expensive when used to decorate an entire room. In order to give yourself that unique touch without spending a fortune, consider creating an accent wall.
This will also act as a focal point, which will help your room appear dynamic and welcoming. Just make sure you don’t have too many other pieces, like an ornate chandelier or a vintage patterned chair, battling to be the focal point as this can make the room appear too busy.
Shop at Estate Sales
If you need new furniture, you may think you’re stuck paying high retail prices. But this isn’t necessarily true.
Oftentimes you can find used furniture that’s still in great shape by shopping estate sales. You can also shop online, at garage sales, and at thrift stores, although estate sales will generally get you furniture that’s in better shape.
Give Old Pieces New Life
Is your furniture old but still sturdy? You may be able to salvage it instead of buying all new pieces.
Charis and sofas can be reupholstered and flat cushions can often be restuffed to make them plush again. Wooden furniture can be painted or stained and new hardware can be added to really bring it back to life.
You can also repurpose furniture. For example, a long dresser can be turned into a mudroom bench and shoe holder by turning the drawers into cubbies and placing a soft cushion on top. A decorative hutch topper can become a wall-mounted coat rack by removing it from the hutch, painting it, and adding a few hooks.
Paint Your Front Door
Your home’s exterior is the first thing people see, and thus, it gives guests their first impression. Giving your front door a new coat of paint is a great way to help your home look friendly and inviting.
Neutral colors are always a great go-to here. However, if you want to stand out (and give guests an easy way to locate your home), consider using red, teal, or even yellow. Just make sure that your new door color doesn’t clash with the rest of your home’s exterior.
Best Tips for Decorating on a Budget
Don’t settle for a home that looks out-of-date! Instead, use the guide above to breathe new life into your home. From rearranging your furniture to painting your front door, there are plenty of tips for decorating on a budget.
Do you need more inspiration? Then check out the rest of our blog for home design ideas and advice.