If you’ve decided to move into a new place and all things have already been established except for your interior, you probably have thought about decorating your place by yourself. It is one way of transforming your house, whether it is an apartment or a condominium unit, into a home; comfy and welcoming. But what if you do not have enough funds for decorating your place?
Decorating may be an enjoyable thing to do, especially if it is your first time to move out of your parents’ house, but if your budget is a bit limited, it could be challenging as well. There are a lot of ways to decorate your house and make every simple, old, items looks better and brand new. However, before you could achieve this, you should be able to know all your options and be creative in transforming ordinary things to extraordinary. Having a uniquely designed place should be your end result and you’ll know how to do this as you go along with this article.
A. Exhaust Every Little Thing You Have
The key to not spending quite as much in decorating your home is using up everything you have in your closet, in your room, in your trash and even other people’s trash. You might be wasting a clip, a straw, a cloth, a piece of paper, a box or anything that can still be re-decorated to look expensive and become a unique décor in your home.
Try to salvage everything and anything that you think might be of good use in decorating your place. A simple box can be made a colorful box with a little wrapping or painting. A paper towel roll can be used to hold flowers, given a bit of alteration and designing. A plain wooden bin or drawer can be innovated with little wheels so you won’t have to throw away those unused wheels from a broken computer chair. You just have to think out of the box and try to create a new thing out of an old scrap.
B. Maximize Your Home Space
Never underestimate the power of looking into every detail of your home space. You need to check on every inch of your home to see if there would be a room for less costly decors and lightings that could brighten and enlarge your space further. It might seem a little contradicting at first when you add certain items and yet seem to have gain more space in your house, but the key to achieving that effect is optical illusion and massive creativeness, which is not expensive too.
You can add lighting to corners, put some unique art works – recycled or re-painted – on the wall, and/or include some antique lamps that are all less costly yet they seem to enlarge your room space. You can also put a touch of nature into your house through decorating with plants in your garden (if you have any) or buying cheap but lovely ones in the market. If you must have a theme for your house, it would be a lot easier for you to choose materials to recycle and reuse for decorating your place.
C. Paint and/or Re-Paint Surfaces
Nothing could lift the room up more than a fresh coat of paint. If you just moved in and do not like the color of the house you just bought, you can always do a little experiment with painting it with a color you really love. Light colors are often a pick for young couples but dark, sophisticated colors are most often preferred by single individuals.
If do not want to spend an extra for a painting service, you can always do the painting yourself. Furthermore, the left over paint can also be used to decorate your rooms. You can use different basic techniques – if you’re the kind who doesn’t really know much about painting – such as ragging or sponging. Re-painting can add texture to your thin walls and can liven up your dull room. You can also paint on some items that need a little decorating flair like tables, chairs and drawers.
D. Take a Look at Thrift Stores
Scouting at different thrift stores can not only help you save money, you might also find unusual items that would catch your attention. Some antique and thrift stores often offer random items, some are old, some are used once, but sometimes, the most unusual things that others think are trash, could mean something more to others. This is why you should not skip even the weirdest thrift stores when it comes to finding cheap decors.
The most important thing to consider in decorating your place with a budget is you try to instill what you want in every corner in a stylish way. Although some may argue that being stylish would mean that you have to spend as much, the truth is style does not depend on how much a certain item is. Your decorating style and creativity solely depends on you and you alone can determine a perfectly decorated home.