Decorating your home can feel like a huge challenge. Even if you’re living in a very small space, you have a lot of options available to you. The trouble with many of the decorating ideas suggested in books and magazines is expense. Decorating your house to photograph perfection is going to cost you a lot of money – right? Not necessarily! There are many great decorating ideas that can be brought into your home even if you’re on a tight budget.
New Isn’t Necessary
One of the biggest misconceptions that new home decorators have is that they must buy new furnishings in order to properly decorate their home. New furniture and décor is great but shouldn’t be an obstacle to creating a comfortable and attractive home.
Vintage styles have always been popular and are always in vogue. Homes can be filled with lavish Victoriana, sleek mid-century, or avant garde modern. Furniture and other objects from these eras can be purchased inexpensively from thrift stores, antique shops, and speciality dealers. The vintage look can even be created with just one or two key items. The retro spirit of a funky table and chair set from the 1960’s can be carried throughout the kitchen through the use of colors complementing those found in the dining set. Add an interesting salt and pepper set and a few old tumblers and you’ve got a vintage kitchen on a budget.
Plan to Save Money
Doing anything on a budget requires you to plan your spending ahead of time. Before you begin decorating, decide how much you want to spend and then put that money aside. If you don’t have that entire sum right away, simply begin saving. Don’t start spending your decorating money before you have it all; doing this will result in having many small things and no large ones. Make sure you purchase the most important items first; the little things can come later.
Your decorating budget should contain four or five key categories. These are:
- Furniture – Tables, chairs, couches, ottomans, entertainment centers, end tables, bookshelves, dressers, sidebars, and beds.
- Lighting – Floor and table lamps, lamp shades for existing ceiling fixtures, battery operated tea-lights new light bulbs and glass elements, pull cords, and any necessary extension cords.
- Floors – Area rugs and door mats.
- Walls – Mirrors, artwork, new paint or wall paper, and wall shelves.
- Storage solutions – Bins, boxes, filing cabinets, modular containers, laundry hampers, recycling bins, and trash cans.
This list will vary depending on the particular room you’re planning to decorate; a bathroom isn’t likely to need many items of furniture and a kitchen may not need additional lighting. This is a good place to begin determining exactly which items you’ll be shopping for. Prioritize the purchases in each category and put them at the top of your list. Creating a systematic list will help you stick to your budget.
Now that your home is decorated, it’s time to hold a house warming party! This is an opportunity for you and the people you care about to celebrate your new home. Place a few round candles where your visitors will see them and prepare a lit buffet of snacks and drinks.
A shoestring budget doesn’t have to prevent you from creating an attractive and comfortable home. Just remember – create a budget, plan your purchases, make a list, and take your time.