Creating a beautiful, pleasant and comfortable living atmosphere doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Regardless of whether you’re renting your first apartment, buying or renting your first home, or just don’t have the extra cash to invest in a makeover, you can show off your style in good taste and within a budget. It simply takes knowing where to look and what to look for.
The first step to decorating on a budget is to prepare a game plan. Go through your home and determine what spaces you want to fill and create a clear mental image of what style you’re looking for in each room and what areas you want to make the focal points. Jot your ideas down on a piece of paper and stick with the plan when shopping.
Window shopping can be dangerous, allowing you to stray away from a planned decorating budget all too easily. By having a clear outline of what and how you want to decorate and only searching for items to specifically fill your plan, you can avoid buying pretty extras and easily decorate your home on a shoestring.
Following are some tips to help you plan your home decorating project and use inexpensive means to achieve your goal.
Create Your Home Decorating Vision
It is much easier to fulfill home decorating dreams if you have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your spaces. The best way to do this is to make a decorating guide that utilizes photos that detail the atmosphere you want to achieve.
To do this, gather various old magazines and cut out photos or surf the internet and print out pictures of room designs and decorations that you want to achieve for each room. Make a collage from these pictures for each room until you create the colors, designs, materials, layouts and accessories which you want for your rooms. An inexpensive scrap book makes an excellent place to store your room collages.
Paint and Curtains Make a Big Difference
Before you buy a bunch of new items, keep in mind that simply changing the color of paint or adding new curtains can make a big difference in a room’s look. You can create a relaxing atmosphere by painting with pastel or neutral colors, or create an invigorating atmosphere with bright, bold colors.
Curtains can also add a tremendous difference by using either calm or bold colors. They can contain floral designs to create a softer, more elegant mood, or modern prints that add energy.
Create Artworks Yourself
A wide variety of appealing works of art can be made with little expense and effort by doing them yourself. Many art-worthy items can be found laying around the house or in storage. Photos, old postcards, buttons, dried flowers, pieces of damaged knick knacks, sea shells and much more can add interesting beauty to a lamp or lamp shade, glass covered table, picture frame, etc.
Visit your local art and craft store and not only buy supplies for applying the pieces to your artwork, but also find many other cheap decorating items to add beauty and intrigue to them. If your room is small, consider decorating the frame of a mirror which will draw attention and add depth to the room as well.
Don’t Forget the Accessories
A great deal of elegance and warmth can be created in a room simply by adding accessories. A wide variety of inexpensive items can be purchased in a full spectrum of colors, materials and textures.
Consider items such as throw pillows, candlesticks and candles, glass bowls, vases, etc. Just be cautious about creating too much clutter. Keep in mind that less is best when it comes to decorating so choose your accessories wisely.