Have you been recently coming across many home decor Instagram posts and Pinterest boards that are just irresistible? How many times have you saved those and never gotten back to them because you felt like you had to break the bank to bring the ideas to reality? Probably countless.
While it may be true that the interior designs in those posts are expensive, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any on-budget alternatives for them. In fact, there are plenty of tried and tested ways that are big on style and low on cost.
So, let’s give you some of the best tips for home decor on a budget without skimping on style! Refreshing your home for less all the way!
1. Shelves Over Cabinets
For the kitchen, go for shelves and hanging rails instead of cabinets, especially for the upper top. As for the lower half of the kitchen, that’s where you can use cabinets. Floating kitchen shelves, also called open shelves, are much cheaper than cabinets because significantly less material is needed to construct them!
2. Hand-Paint Your Own Wallpaper
It’s no secret that wallpapers add beauty to your home, but it’s also no secret that their prices are far from pocket-friendly. But what if you don’t like standard paint? In that case, hand-paint your own wallpaper! That way, not only do you get to enjoy wallpaper, but you also get unique ones that no one can put their hands on. All you need is a sponge brush and leftover paint!
3. Use a Clothes Rack
Don’t have a closet or have one but need some extra space for clothes? Built-in closets and custom ones are expensive, but do you know what isn’t? A clothes rack. They’re budget-friendly, convenient, space-saving, and durable. Not to mention, they actually store clothes!
4. DIY Curtains Using Drop Cloths
Does your home need a lot of curtains or drapery fabric? Curtains are thought to be one of the must-haves of any home, and many can’t think of alternatives for them, especially with high ceilings. Yet, they exist! Our favourite idea is to opt for drop cloths – their colour is perfectly neutral, their fabric is durable, and they’re inexpensive. They’re also super easy to make.
5. Shop Estate Sales
Yes, they still happen! This secondhand furniture phenomenon is one of the best ways to revamp your home at a low budget (plus, you can ever counter-offer!). Believe it or not, sometimes people just need to sell their possessions quickly because they’re travelling or moving, and the offerings aren’t always defective, broken, or with missing parts.
6. Decorate With Glassware
Do you have a lot of glassware that you’re just keeping locked or not making any use of? Well, now’s the time to get those out and give them a purpose. By showcasing a mix of classic and modern glassware on any shelves you have around, you’ll add a pop of elegance and colour to your shelves and rooms.
7. Repurpose Mirrors
There’s no denying that front cameras and cheval, full-length mirrors have replaced what’s now considered vintage or antique ones. But that doesn’t mean they should go in the bin – instead, you can use them as trays! By applying back-felt sheets to their bottom, you’ll have gotten yourself a new set of fancy trays!
8. DIY Labels for Kitchen Canisters
Looking for a fresh new look for your kitchen canisters and tired of the counter confusion you go through every time you cook? Let’s put an end to that. You can now use chalkboard paint or even decal sheets to make labels for your canisters: salt, sugar, flour, rice, tea, coffee, and whatever else you like. And they’ll be prettier than readymade ones in stores!
9. Light up a Jug
All of us have empty jars lying around here and there. For quite the inexpensive decorations, take those glass jags and fill them up with Christmas lights. And just like that, say hello to your new table lamps! Also, get ready for questions on where you got them from.
10. Showcase Family Heirlooms
Sometimes, the only thing missing home is a personal stamp. Luckily, more often than not, that’s the easiest thing to do! Take out your family heirlooms, frame them, and put them on display around the home. Not only is it cost-effective, but you’ll experience a whole new meaning of “home.”
11. Include a Healthy Dose of Plant Life
This one’s a given – bring the garden to your home by decorating with plants and flowers, whether fresh or artificial. Plants and flowers come at various price points, many of which are low-cost. Once you get your hands on, just put them in a pretty vase (or even a container), and you’ll find your rooms all spruced up!
Take our word for it: faux plants, in particular, make for tremendously chic décor; all you need is to find affordable options and style them!
12. Visit Consignment Shops and Thrift Stores
Consignment shops and thrift stores are gems you shouldn’t overlook. Keep an eye on those around you and stay updated with the days on which they receive new items so you’d be the first and be able to get the best picks. And the best part? Not only can you negotiate prices, but you can also sell your home pieces that you know you won’t use in exchange for other items.
A Mission Impossible Made Possible!
See? There you have it! It’s not that we’re optimists; it’s genuinely that anyone who wishes for a beautiful home can have one. Budget decorating is no longer impossible, so your slim wallet doesn’t have to hold you back. Once you try our tips, you’ll figure out that style doesn’t come at the highest price – actually, it’s super affordable!