How to Update Your Home Décor without Breaking Your Budget
With the plethora of home improvement shows on television today, it can be easy to get carried away with ideas of splendor in how our homes should look. Magazine advertisements generally don’t focus on affordable furnishings. The more we see in these ads and online, the more we get carried away with lavish ideas that for many of us, are not going to align with our pocketbook.
If you are looking to update your home décor without breaking the bank, you need to take an entirely different approach than what is done on those television shows and for the magazine advertisements. Assuming you invested in high-quality items, the first time you furnished your home, you may be able to make some other changes for minimal expense. When done right, those subtle and low-cost changes can pack a punch – in a good way.
How to decorate on a budget
One of the best ways to save money when decorating is to do-it-yourself (DIY).
A great place to start is with your home lighting. If you are comfortable with wiring or have a friend that is an electrician that might be able to help in their spare time (a few hours of wiring work in exchange for pizza and an adult beverage), you may find that the installation of a new light fixture or a ceiling fan can create both functions as well as a new look for your room. If wiring isn’t needed, you might be able to get away with adding some vintage lamps picked up from a second-hand store or by decorating with white holiday lights (they work as a great backdrop behind a headboard or along a shelf-wall).
Another great option is to hit the flea markets and look for a new piece that can be given some love and care (maybe a fresh coat of paint). We all know that someone else’s trash can be another person’s treasure. So if you see a great bookshelf or wooden chair or an accent table that you can pick up for cheap and give a makeover, these items can create for a very inexpensive option. Plus, you’ll love knowing that the new to you piece was decorated by yours truly.
Never underestimate the value of a solid and well-made countertop. If you are updating an older home, chances are that your kitchen or bathroom counters are made from ceramic tile or laminate. While the upfront cost can be a bit more, the long-term investment plus functionality and durability of natural stone like marble is well worth the cost, which you can find out more about at www.marble.com. In kitchens especially, center islands and such can be main areas to hang out. As such, upgrading to a high-end countertop can update the look of your kitchen entirely.
A very simple way to update the look of your home is to declutter. Even though we have the best of intentions, if we have lived in a home for some time, chances are that we have collected a lot of stuff along the way. If you have ever read about the concept of Feng Shui, you’ll know that clutter can drain your home of positive energies. This should be no surprise as most of us know that in cluttered spaces, we often feel more lackadaisical, more stressed, and sometimes, we can start to feel anxious or depressed. Clean and open spaces, especially those with an abundance of natural light can help us feel more energetic while relaxing at the same time.
As part of your decluttering process, reorganizing your home can help you ensure that your items all get arranged and placed in areas that make sense. For example, you may wish to reorganize your bookshelves, and perhaps display different pieces of art or accessories than you had before.
Refreshing the paint in your home can also create a world of difference. Regardless of the age of your home, even after just a couple of years, painted walls can start to accumulate dirt and grime. If you haven’t cleaned your walls (we understand that cleaning walls is not always an easy task), then a fresh coat of paint will not only make your home feel more updated, but you’ll be able to more aggressively wash away and build-up before you start painting.
DIY techniques can help you save money and update your home
There are oodles of videos available online that can show you how to DIY simple to even highly complex items. If you have a knack for art or just want to learn how to reupholster a cushion or how to paint a chair and ensure the paint won’t run, this is a great opportunity to pull up some videos on YouTube and learn some new techniques.
Updating your home doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. With the right amount of thought and provided that you give yourself some time, you’ll be amazed at what you can do with very little out-of-pocket expense.