5 Tips For Decorating Your Home On A Budget

decorating on a budgetWe’ve all seen the glossy home magazines with stunning kitchens, immaculate master bedrooms, and bathrooms covered in marble. Trust me, I love the way those rooms look, but I know that for most people, they are a bit out of reach. Still, I really enjoy having a beautiful home regardless of the price of the finishes. So in order to get that champagne style on a beer budget, I’ve gotten quite skilled at scoping out sales and hunting down deals. While many people might scoff at the idea of discount stores, I urge you to give shopping for sales on home décor items a try. You never know what you’re going to find, and that’s actually what makes it fun! So, with that said, below are my five favorite tips for decorating on a budget.

 1.  Less Is More

When you have a new home or are redesigning a room, the tendency can be to fill it with a variety of different items. Yet, some of the most beautiful rooms are very classic and simplistic. You don’t have to purchase numerous vases, tables, or picture frames. Just a few simple choices can make any room more memorable and your wallet fuller.

 2.  Learn How To Refinish Furniture

You’d be surprised at how many solid wood dressers and tables I’ve found at garage sales, estate sales, and even on the side of the road. Often, people throw out perfectly good furniture simply because they don’t have the time or the know how to fix them up. Read a few DIY sites and practice on something small. It would only take you a few dollars in materials and a few hours on a weekend to make an old and discarded piece look like a million bucks.

3. Purchase Oops❠Paint

In every major home improvement store, there is a shelf where incorrectly mixed paints go to live. These paints are not necessarily bad or ugly. They just might not have been exactly right to the original owner. So, they are often marked down, some by more than 50%. Check this shelf regularly if you are trying to find a particular color that will work with the color schemes in your home.

4. Shop For Big Ticket Items Online

Buying furniture online can actually be relatively inexpensive, yet not many people do it because they want to actually sit on a couch or try out a bed before purchasing. While that’s understandable, it might be worth your time just to order it and see if you like it. Make sure you purchase from a reliable website that offers free returns. You should also only purchase pieces that have been extensively reviewed with several satisfied customers.

5. Learn How To Sew

Have you seen the price of a decorative pillow lately? Seriously, $20, $25, and even up to $40 are all normal prices I’ve seen for pillows that most of us don’t even use! Sewing is a lost art, but trust me, it is not as difficult as it seems. All you have to do is know how to sew in a straight line to make a pillow. Then, you can move on to making your own curtains and even bedspreads. Knowing this very simple skill can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the years. There are many instructional videos online that can help you in the process.

I hope that the five tips above can help you in your quest to make your home beautiful without spending a fortune. Each of these tips has worked for me in the past and continues to save me money with each new purchase in the future.

What are some of the ways you save when it comes to home décor or home improvement?

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