Like me, you have probably seen the home decoration programmes on tv, or looked through the latest interior design magazines, and bemoaned the fact that you can’t afford to furnish your home the same way. I’m not saying you want a house that looks like Downton Abbey, but something on a smaller scale may be nice. Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to rejuvenating your home, as there are ways to save money on both your furniture and decor. I have listed a few thrifty ideas here, so no matter how big or small your budget, you might find something useful to consider.
Forget big-budget furniture stores
When it comes to quality, many people drift to the biggest (most expensive) stores online and on the high street. Hint: you don’t have too. There are plenty of places where you can pick up pieces of furniture that are both good to look at and of quality materials. So, don’t turn your nose up at less fashionable places, and turn down your self-pride. Despite your mockery, Ikea has many great pieces, as apartmenttherapy.com clearly shows, with some classic items that will look good in any home. Don’t reject the idea of charity stores, Craigslist, or garage sales, either. Admittedly, you will find a lot of junk, but hidden amongst the clutter are some real gems, and it is quite possible to buy something of high worth at an amazingly low price.
It’s okay to accept hand-me-downs
Remember when you were a child and you had the indignity of wearing an older siblings clothes? Embarrassing, wasn’t it! However, as an adult, you shouldn’t turn down anything that family members might offer you to furnish your home. You may have had your eye on something for ages, so it could be worth dropping hints. That antique table that your grandmother no longer uses? It would look good in your dining room. That piece of art that your father bought on a whim? It’s been in the attic for years, but it would look good over your fireplace! What we are saying is this. While you are in your right to turn down anything that wouldn’t fit in with your home’s decor (now you’re an adult, you don’t need to have your uncle’s bright orange tiger rug foisted upon you), don’t be afraid to accept or ask for anything that may look great in your home.
You can keep up with the latest trends
When it comes to home decor, you will find items that are more affordable than you think. While the big branded furniture and design stores will always be more expensive, you can still find alternatives online, such as the made-to-measure curtain ideas at Onlinecurtainfabrics.com. So, have a look at what is currently ‘big’ in the world of interior design and shop around. It is possible to find something relevant, without you having to take out yet another credit card to stay with whatever trends are happening now. Alternatively, you can take some of the trending design ideas you see and have them made to order from craft outlets, or by using your skills with a piece of fabric and a needle. Result!
Go for the minimalist approach
Not only is the minimalist approach to home design currently trending, but it is also a useful choice when it comes to saving money. Why overload your home with ‘stuff’ when it can look just as good with added space, and minimalist design features. Read my tips on ways to make this possible in your home. Purchase one or two items that will add a focal point to your room, concentrate on essential pieces of furniture, and then leave the rest of the room alone. Not only will this give certain rooms in your home that ‘wow factor,’ but you will also cut down on your spring cleaning. And you can’t say fairer than that!
Be creative in your design choices
When I talk about creativity, I have two meanings. The first is to actually create items for your room. You don’t need to buy expensive pieces of art when you may have the skill to create your own. From paintings to pottery, try your hand at creating your own home decor. If you don’t have the skills, there may be friends and family who do, and they should charge you considerably less than the art gallery down the road. Creativity also comes within the way you style your home. Website favourite pinterest.co.uk has great ideas for refurbishing and styling old furniture, so take inspiration from what others have done. You can also take inspiration from the great outdoors, collecting items to enhance your interior decor. From seashell mosaics to floral displays, your only limitation is your imagination as you borrow from Mother Nature.
Remember: you don’t always need a lot of money to create an exciting and beautiful living space, so think outside of the box, shop around online, and delve deep into the wilds of your imagination. We hope we have provided you with some inspiration for your home design. Do let me know in the comments below if you have any other ideas.
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