Having a beautiful home doesn’t have to mean taking out a second mortgage, there are plenty of ways to decorate on a budget, so you can save your money for those all-important home repairs, or down payment if you are currently renting. The key to decorating on a budget it to use your imagination and creativity to your advantage, of if you are lacking those traits use the internet – it’s a goldmine of ideas and here we will give you a few to start.
Art work is a quick and easy way to brighten up any room, especially if you are stuck with the dreaded magnolia walls of rented accommodation. Art work doesn’t need to be expensive, don’t shell out for pricey printed pieces. You have two options here, either make your own, or find an image you like online and get it printed yourself.
Photos are something every home should have in abundance, clustering photos into a display will give your room a focus and a talking piece. The two main styles you can chose from are uniform and random. If you are going for random, the idea is to get as unique an arrangement of frames you can find in different shapes styles and sizes, and too arrange them in what appears to be a random fashion. If your budget is very tight you can achieve this by scoring charity shops and brik-a-brak sales, or if you can stretch a bit more you can shop for frames online for good prices. This was you may be able to choose a theme for your frames. If you’re going for uniform select one size and colour of frame and display them in clusters, larger prints will look more impactful.
If you are longing for that beautiful feature wall but are more sensible that spending £40 a roll-on wallpaper, get the elbow grease out and do it yourself. Stencils were all the range in the 90s when people didn’t have tonnes of extra money to burn, but stencils have come a long way since then and there are tonnes of beautiful designs available to either repeat and cover a whole wall or make a feature.
Furniture is by far one of the biggest expenses when decorating, and with the price of furniture on the rise and the quality not what it used to be it may feel like you are throwing money away on another flat pack. So, don’t, there is so much good quality furniture to be found for bargain prices you just need to be willing to look, sites like gumtree, eBay, craigslist are always packed with solid wooden furniture which is worth 10 times what you’ll usually pay. Even if it’s a bit beat up you can always restore it so don’t be shy. If you can’t find anything online, then try an auction house, you can end up with a real bargain.