Everyone likes a change in home décor from time to time. Seeing the same stuff in the same place for years gets boring but sometimes, although you’d love to redecorate, you just don’t have the money to spend. If you find yourself in that situation here are four easy home decorating tips for anyone on a budget:
1. Redecorate in the Cottage Style
Originally, cottages were typically where the servants lived or were overnight visitors stayed. When it came to decor they were commonly filled with left over furnishings from the main home and the cottage style is a representation of this.
Since the theme is generally eclectic, you can use recycled or antique furniture with scrap fabric and mismatched materials to accessorize. This makes the cottage style a very cost effective approach to home décor since you don’t have to worry about matching things. You can find great deals at flea markets, estate sales, thrift stores and yard sales. Furnishing in this style can be purchased at a fraction of the price of trendy new items that quickly go out of fashion anyway.
2. Rearrange What You Already Have
Just by changing the position of some pieces of furniture or framed art, you can breathe new life into a tired room. You need not limit yourself to just swapping pieces within a room. Take a step back and consider the house as a whole. Swap the function of some of your rooms and change the furnishings accordingly. Switch the living room to the den or swap bedrooms, for example. Simply changing an end table for a plant stand or swapping window treatments between rooms can create a whole new look without you having to spend a penny.
3. Get Out The Paint Brush
It’s well known that paint is the cheapest way to decorate a room. There’s no need to buy expensive paint, choose a quality national brand and give all the walls a new coat. Don’t be tempted to buy really cheap brands though since this is a false economy. You will need more coats to make a decent job of it. Also, look for the reduced section in the paint department. There you can often find end of lines or drastically reduced prices where the colors were not matched correctly for the original customer.
When choosing a color to paint the rooms in your home, first consider what the room is primarily used for and what type of feel or mood you want to create. Carefully measure your room and make a list of everything you need, so you don’t have to stop in the middle of your project to run out and get an essential item. Painting a room in your home is a simple and inexpensive home improvement project that can be completed in a weekend with very satisfying results.
4. Accessorize What You Already Have
Another economical home decorating tip is to add decorative elements to your rooms to create a different feel. Even when you don’t have the budget for new pieces of furniture, you can add splashes of color around the house with numerous accessories that can instantly change the mood of a room. A new throw, a small lamp, some throw pillows, a dried flower arrangement, a new wall clock or framed picture. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Stick with the current theme of your room or change it to match the season. Adding a little can change a lot.