Decorating or redecorating doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune. With a little bit of planning and some fun days shopping at thrift stores, used furniture shops, closeout shops and resale shops, you too can get that $1M look on even the tightest budget. Here we provide you with some of the best #tips to help with the makeover and save you money.
- Refurbishing existing pieces is one of the best ways to breathe new life into what you already own.
- Sandpaper, primer and paint can transform just about any piece of furniture.Don’t throw something out because you’re tired of the color, and don’t pass up a good deal on a piece of furniture just because you don’t like the finish. You can easily change it.
- Shop online.Peruse your local online classifieds. There are some great deals to be found. Listings in classifieds often have photos attached, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Online closeout sites are also a great way to save money. The best part is you don’t have to drive all over town hunting for things.
- Learn to sew.Check for inexpensive classes in your local area. Sewing your own drapery, bedding, and pillows will save you a ton of cash in the long run. By sewing your own decorative accents, you have a vast array of fabrics to from which to choose. Moreover, sewing can be a lot of fun.
- When choosing a paint color, pick one shade darker or bolder than what you feel is safe. Go out of your comfort zone, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Paint can transform the entire room instantly.
- If you’re short on space, purchase multi-purpose furniture pieces.One of best space savers is the ottoman/coffee table/storage unit combination. It provides seating for company, a place to set down your remote controls and drinks on trays, and also opens up to provide storage.
Another great space saver are bunk beds in kids room. If your living room is small, use smaller pieces of furniture, leaving out the sofa and using comfortable arm chairs and recliners instead.
- If you have the space to do it, pull your sofa off the wall.A nice sofa console placed behind the sofa will give your room more interest and a division of space.
- Personalize your space, buy unique pieces from different places. For example, pair a new sofa with a really cool, vintage coffee table from your local thrift store. Shabby Chic is one of the most popular remodeling styles – a little bit of this, a little bit of that, with some eclectic touches, you have a whole new look to be envied!
- Step outside your comfort zone.Hang your drapery panels wider and higher than the actual dimensions of the window. This creates the illusion of bigger windows and makes your room feel larger and
- Keep your backdrop (walls and furniture) neutral.This is a great tip for those who like to switch up their color schemes with pillows, candles and other small accessories. You can do this as often as you like to suit the time of year or your mood. Neutrals have come a long way, although black, white, gray and beige tones are always good standards. Don’t forget about the new neutrals, which are basically the lightest and most muted version of any color.
Here are some other budget-friendly decorating ideas: