Here’s a common misconception… thinking that great interior design requires an unlimited budget. However, it is possible to give a home a stylish look without over-spending. These affordable home decor suggestions will allow anyone to decorate a home for less.
Not an Artist? No Worries
Not everyone can afford to buy original art. If you can afford it, by all means pick out some pieces that you like and hang them in your home. If you’re like most homeowners, you need a thrifty alternative.
Buy some framed blank canvas of various sizes and paint them in a solid color (or simple designs like squares within squares or horizontal/vertical stripes) and hang them in appropriate rooms where the colors offset and compliment the wall color in that room. Don’t overdo it. But keep it in mind for selected rooms.
Hey, your paintings are probably very similar to ones that you’ve seen in art museums. I’ve even seen blank white canvases hanging in museums and people actually standing for several minutes looking at them. Not my taste.
A cramped room doesn’t necessarily need to be expanded. It’s very possible to make any room look larger by hanging mirrors in strategic locations. Mirrors can also do a lot to enhance the look of a room, especially if the mirrors have an attractive frame. Again, don’t overdo this, but certainly look around your home and see where a mirror might look very good someplace other the your bathroom.
Treat Books Like Decor
A lot of people own more books than they own bookshelves. While this can be a problem, it can also be a way to add color and style to an otherwise drab room. When piled books are stacked on a flat surface, it can create a unique and appealing look. Stacked books look particularly stylish when the books are organized by color. Older leather-bound books work particularly well. You don’t have to be a reader to buy books for display. No one will know the difference.
Find Ways To Re-purpose Old Furniture
Most people have old pieces of furniture they no longer have any use for. Instead of donating your unused furniture or placing it on the curb for scavengers, see if you can find a new way to use that furniture. A rickety old chair can make an excellent end-table with some small modifications. A beat-up old dresser can be spray-painted and given a fresh new look. Finding ways to re-use furniture allows you to give your home a fantastic look even when you’re on a thrifty budget.
Find New Ways To Use Storage Units
While a lot of furniture can be very costly, modular storage units tend to be quite affordable. Try to use these units in different ways. Instead of purchasing an end table, you could use a storage unit as an end table. It’ll serve the same purpose as an end table while also providing additional storage. Storage units can also be used as replacement dressers, nightstands, and many other types of furniture. Get creative.
Add Hints Of Color
When your home decor budget is limited, it is best to focus on adding “pops” of color throughout a room. A splash of color can make a room look more vibrant and appealing. In addition, a nice area rug or a large vase can make for great investment pieces and enhance a room’s appearance very easily.
Use Wicker Furniture Indoors
Brand-new furniture is costly if it’s upholstered, but wicker furniture is relatively inexpensive. While wicker furnishings are traditionally used outdoors, they can be used indoors as well particularly in a home used primarily for relaxation – a vacation cottage for example. Invest in a few wicker pieces. Later on, you can move that wicker furniture outdoors and new furniture can be brought into the room to replace it.
Try Things Out and Adjust as Needed
Anyone that’s looking for affordable home decor options should give these ideas a try. All of the suggestions are things I’ve done and are extremely wallet-friendly. They can bring life into any room in your home. Interior design doesn’t require a big budget. It simply requires some good old-fashioned creativity.