Re-decorating On a Tight Budget Made Possible

Want to re-decorate but have a very tight budget? Do not worry; the key to a good design doesn’t lie in how much money you can spend, but on where you spend it to create the maximum impact with the minimum changes. Remember always, no matter how well your place is decorated, organization is the key to showing off your great designs.

Invest in the right places –

Analyze your space and see what needs changing the most. Is it the wobbly dining table? Or does your old rickety sofa set needs to be updated to something new and modern to match your contemporary decor? It is very important that you spend maximum amount of your money on the big ticket items, that will be noticed the first. Consider big splurges for the things you’ll use every day, and are hard to change often, which is why they will hold their value over time while adding value to your home. That could be new flooring, built-in furniture pieces or other permanent components like investment art. Don’t feel guilty about splurging on the things that will “make” your room — just make sure they’re worth what you’re spending and will serve you well over time.


Scrimp on cosmetic changes –

Now for the cosmetic changes that can be the upholstery, bed and table linen, accessories, wall treatments and lighting; you can scrimp a little. Want to change your curtains? No problem; buy new curtains that are in sync with your decor theme and will serve you well for years to come, and use the old curtains to be sewn in to bedspreads, cushion covers and pillow cases. This way, you use the old fabric, which already matches to the colour palette in your decor, and get the most use out of them. As for accessories and wall accents, shop online or visit thrift stores to find unique, artistic decor pieces that are affordable, but will bring in a touch of unexpected. Keep the accentuation to a minimum; it saves you money as well as ensures that each accent you have chosen gets the attention it deserves. Give each room no more than one statement making decor piece.

Juggle expenses and try tradeoffs –

Decorating and budgeting are a process; they require thinking and rethinking, evaluating and revaluating and adjusting and readjusting until you reach that point where your decor is exactly what you want it to be. So if you want an expensive hardwood floor for the living area, scrimp on the area rugs you were going to choose and settle for something modest that best displays the beauty of the floor, while the rug keeps the area warm. Similarly, if you love a designer dining table, scrimp on chairs and buy something functional and basic so that it serves its purpose but doesn’t take any attention away from the table design itself.

Be aware of budget busters –

Make sure that you keep 15% of your total budget for unexpected things. For example, you found some beautiful ceiling lampshades made from handmade paper and want to put them up for a new look; but realise you will need electrical rewiring to make that possible. This ensures you will have money in reserve to pay an electrician, or hire a carpenter to fix a broken leg on the second hand reading chair you bought which you didn’t realize has 4 mismatched legs.


Be innovative with design elements –

You don’t need to spend thousands to make your interiors look ravishing. A few simple foolproof tricks never fail to create a huge impact, at a small price, of courseJ Try new lighting design, it’s a cost-effective way to transform dark, cave-like rooms into warm inviting spaces. Or try to explore the ceiling ‘The Fifth Wall’ and install mirrors there or get wooden panelling only above the chandelier for continuing the design upward. It’s a great, inexpensive way to get more design mileage out of a room. If you have low ceilings, try placing the curtain rods higher, just below the ceiling, to create an illusion of more height or try to place furniture vertically in a line so that the eye follows the line up.

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