If you are looking into redecorating your home, but you’re working on a budget, you may be searching for ways to save money across the project. There are many different “tricks of the trade” you can use to save, even when going after the hottest modern design. All it really requires is a keen eye, attention to detail, and the willingness to get your hands dirty and do some of the work yourself. That last part is the latest craze thanks to sites like Pinterest. But tips are still needed, because it’s easier to get carried away when you’re on your own. Here are just a few that might help you with your big project.
The first thing you can do to redecorate your home and save a little bit of money is to consider adding a bold splash of color. Whether you decide to paint an accent wall a bold new shade or you want to incorporate some small brightly-colored accessories to make a statement, color is an inexpensive and easy way to really change the way a room feels.
If you’ve added color, but you still want a little more of a punch, consider adding an interesting piece of furniture. Antique malls, yard sales, and thrift stores are great places to find older pieces of furniture that will make any room unique. The great thing about thrift store or yard sale furniture is the price-tag. You can find some great pieces for a very low price. Like the common saying goes: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” If you want to be sure the item is in good condition, you may want to go to an antique store for your furniture. The price may be a bit higher, but you won’t have to spend any money on repairs or re-upholstering.
If you’re still seeking a little bit more, try adding some interesting textiles. A new accent rug, area rug, tablecloth, cushion, set of pillows, or new drapes will add a lot of personality to a room. Pillows and curtains with ruffles and other three-dimensional accents are all the rage. These details are not only practical and beautiful; they are whimsical and fun. You can find great home decor accessories like these at various stores. Accent rugs with abstract patterns and earth tones with splashes of bright color can completely change the look of an entire room. A pressed tablecloth can spruce up the dining room in seconds, creating a homey and lived-in setting that maintains a certain level of comfortable sophistication for a fraction of the cost of a new dining room set.
If you want to really save money on redecorating your home, it can be as easy as giving old pieces a new coat of paint. Do you have a dresser that is scratched and bland? Sand the piece and go crazy with the finish. This can be done with most pieces of wooden furniture. A can of paint costs next to nothing, and you’re reusing a piece you may have gotten rid of.
Finally – though this should go without saying – perhaps the easiest way to make sure you save money while redecorating your home is by setting a realistic budget. You can have the best ideas in the world, but without a budget you may end up focusing too much on one area, leaving you with too little cash to finish your other important redecorating projects. Alternatively, you could just go way over your expected cost without realizing it because you didn’t organize properly.
Make a list or a folder of all the projects you would like to do while redecorating your home, then find out what you need to do them, and around how much it should cost to get these things. This gives you the opportunity to see if you already have any of the supplies you will need to avoid unnecessary expenditures. Also, be sure to budget in a bit extra, because projects rarely go exactly to plan with even the most organized managers. Once you have an estimate, you can put the redecorating projects in order based on importance. This will make the whole redecorating process easier to plan, ensure an outcome you will be pleased with, and be easier on the wallet!
Allison Cooper is a writer and editor for www.beyondstores.com, an online retailer which specializes in great deals for name brand furniture. When not at work, Allison enjoys pondering her own decorating projects, knitting, and raising her two sons, Marcus and Noah.