Redecorating Your Home on a Budget can be fun!
Times may be hard lately – with the cost of living on the up and wage stagnation rife – , but that’s no reason for you not to give your home the refresh it deserves. There are many tips and tricks to redecorating your home on a tight budget – but here are four of the best, to keep costs down and still provide you with a home to fall in love with all over again.
Tips for Redecorating Your Home on a Budget – Budgeting is Key
Your budget should be the very first thing you sit down to create. There’s no use in setting your heart on certain room designs or feature pieces without knowing you have the finances to cover it to begin with. Start with an initial figure that you can afford, and then start to think about how that budget is going to get allocated. If you find yourself running low on budget money before your redecoration is planned out, create a bit of room for yourself by scrimping and saving a little longer – use a pre-paid debit card to allow yourself to save a little more, and prevent yourself spending too much into your redecoration budget.
Exercise Your Own Creativity for Decorations
Rather than looking to gallery spaces and print shops for your wall art – which can get very costly very quickly – why not exercise your own artistic flair? Invest in some cheap canvases from a local arts and crafts shop, and make your own abstract paintings. This could be an excellent opportunity to make some memories with your family while you redecorate, immortalising art from your loved ones and using it them as statements throughout your house. You could even take up a hobby class in something like macramé, giving you artisanal wall-hangings at a fraction of the price.
Use Greenery to Define a Space
One of the cheekiest ways to save money while redecorating is to lean on our friends in the world of flora. Plants are a relatively cheap way to bring intrigue and three-dimensionality into a space, as well as a breath of fresh air and a spurt of colour. Lady Palm and Devil’s Ivy are excellent choices for low-maintenance houseplants that provide texture and dimension to a room, while succulents make for fantastic mantelpiece decorations.
Of course, the single most effective part of redecoration is repainting your walls. But paint can be expensive, especially when you might have different colour schemes in mind for each room. Luckily, there are ways you can both have your cake and eat it. First, compare your colour palettes to see if any colours overlap, or could be altered to be the same colour as another room. This will make your paint-buying more efficient.
Next up, research to see where your nearest paint re-use or recycling scheme is. These are schemes which take on leftover paint from domestic and commercial sources, recycle it and sell it at a reduced price. This way, you can get paints of all kinds and colours for a fraction of the cost of new paint. Some re-use shops can even mix paints to create new colours! Be sure to take your palettes down and see what they can do for you.