Home decorating can be challenging when there is not much money but it is not impossible. Decorating on a budget is more about how much you can do with very little money.
Decorating on a budget was my only option while in college. So I learned all kinds of tips and tricks to transform a room on little money.
DECORATING ON A BUDGET
Our little house was beige, beige, and brown and in bad need of updating. So I did what I do – I saved my pennies during the semester and did magic to a room during the break! Here are some tips on decorating and making big changes with little money.
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You can paint just about anything! If you're painting walls make sure to choose a satin or eggshell finish. If your painting furniture or accessories go with spray paint. Spray paint can be pretty cheap. But the first challenge is picking a paint color. Popular Sherwin Williams Paint Colors can help.
Purchased curtains are generally cheaper than custom-made curtains. Look at stores like Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx and so on. Once you get your curtains hang them on the sides of your window. Hang them as high as you can with only about 1/4 inch from the floor and just covering the window on each side. This gives a designer look without breaking the bank.
Good lighting is very important not just for function but also for ambiance. Look for lamps, chandeliers, pendants and more at Goodwill, garage sales, and thrift stores. And break out that dollar spray paint. Some of the best lamps are found second-hand. With some spray paint, they can be transformed in less than an hour. The lamp shade is a harder thing to find at thrift stores, so if you need a shade try Target or Walmart again for a less expensive alternative.
Look for an assortment of accessories ranging from clocks, art, family picture frames, bookends, hardback books, dishes and much more. And be careful to buy different sizes from large to small. Again, a great place to look is thrift stores or garage sales but it's important to include some high priced items into your accessories. I like to shop for more high-end items at Homegoods, TJMaxx, and Marshalls where you get name brands at lower rates.
Don't forget about family. If you are a lover of old things that are repurposed ask your mom, grandma, aunts, etc. Sometimes the best treasures come from them. I found these old rooster doorstops at my mom's house many years ago. They were not my style but with a little spray paint, they fit right in and became my style.
Here again are the five things to do to your home on a tight budget that will give you the biggest impact.
Decorating on a budget can be fun. And honestly, the best designs are a collaboration of old, new, low and high-end accessories. I hope these tips and tricks help you get started on decorating on a budget. Do you have any decorating tips to share with little to no money?
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