5 Tips for Redecorating on a Budget
If you’re looking to freshen up your home, but don’t want to spend a chunk of change, here are five simple ways to re-decorate your living space on the cheap.
1. Freshen Up with House Plants
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Whether it’s real or not, adding a houseplant to your home livens up the space and brings a point of interest to whatever room you place it in. For maximum redecorating wow-factor, place your new addition in an area that makes it a focal point. Try placing it on a front-entry table, on a mantle, or on a coffee table.
Artificial plants can be picked up at most retailers that offer home decorating goods, and they work best for anyone not interested in maintaining a real plant. Redecorating with a house plant is a small change, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly it transforms a room from “just a place to be” to a place that you want to stay.
2. Rearrange Your Furniture
Just because you want to redecorate your home doesn’t mean you have to toss your old furniture. Even moving a chair from one corner to another can completely change the look of a room. Try looking at the room you want to redecorate with an eye for space.
Moving your furniture to create a more open look not only revitalises the room, it makes it look neater and more inviting. Maybe the couch can be moved to another wall, perhaps a dress could be moved away from the bed – there are so many possibilities. Grab a helper if you need and get cracking on the cheapest way to redecorate your living spaces.
3. Clear Out the Clutter
Believe it or not, simply eliminating clutter can make a room look brand new. Clutter closes up rooms, and not in the cozy way – more like the claustrophobic way. It makes the area look smaller and can also make a room appear darker. More like a dim supply closet, and less like a place where you want to relax.
It might be difficult for some, but filling some garbage bags or donation boxes is the best way to open up an area at no cost. Paper work is important and knick-knacks are great; however too much of a good thing is still too much. Redecorate by undecorating and give yourself an entirely new room.
4. Don’t Reupholster – Just Cover
Maybe you have a couch or chair that is showing some wear, or maybe you just aren’t feeling the design or colour of your current furniture anymore. You can actually redecorate your furniture for far less than you might think. Slipcovers to the rescue. These aren’t your grandma’s slipcovers, either.
Most retailers offering home goods have a selection of slipcovers for couches, chairs, even ottomans. There is also an enormous range of styles, fabrics, and sizes to be found online; just be sure to measure the piece you want to cover. Redecorating your furniture is as easy as covering it, and without the expense of buying all new furniture.
5. Accent Pieces
Extra “stuff” in your closets and in storage can be a gold mine for redecorating your home. Look around for an item you may have forgotten about to use as an accent piece. If there’s nothing to spare in your personal storage, head over to the nearest thrift store or local garage sale to have a peek around. You’re bound to find a very interesting and inexpensive new treasure.
Remember: the key to redecorating with accent pieces is that they are there to accent, not dominate. Try to keep accent pieces down to only one or two per room. Depending on the size of the area or accent pieces, having any more than that can quickly ruin any open, clean look you may be going for.
Redecorating your home doesn’t have to be a hassle, and there’s no reason it can’t be done on a small budget. Small changes can get you big results when it comes to revitalising a room while stretching your dollar far. If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to redecorate on the cheap and liven up your living space, try the tips above and prepare to be amazed.