You have to carefully plan each aspect of a design if you want it to be superb. You have to coordinate your color scheme, decide what textures will complement your theme, design your layout, and then find pieces that will match your vision. It takes a lot of time and it can take a lot of money.
With the economy being what it is, everyone has to save money where they can. This can pose a challenge for both renters and homeowners looking to craft the perfect look for their living space. That being said, there’s still plenty of options you can use that won’t break the bank. As you prepare your design, consider using these eight tips to get the most out of your budget while still crafting a living space you’ll be proud to call your own.
1. Take Advantage of Whites
By and large, the most common color of paint you’ll find in any unfurnished home is white. Most people find it completely boring and want to repaint as quickly as possible. But for saving money, you shouldn’t ignore the whites that you already have in your home.
White, on its own, is a very serene color. It helps foster relaxation because it doesn’t require any commitment. You can still introduce elements of color with your furniture or by only painting select walls, instead of the entire room.
This will save you both money and time from painting.
2. Use Your Own Creations
The arts and crafts you make yourself aren’t just fun projects; they are also a great way to save money in design. You can use your needlefelt animals to make gorgeous decorations for a children’s room or mantlepiece. Your own paintings or drawings can serve as engaging wall art and give your room a luxurious, gallery-like appearance.
The best part? It’s far less expensive to craft your own decor than it is to opt for store-bought pieces.
3. Use as Much Natural Lighting as Possible
No matter how good the bulb is, no lamp will ever come close to imitating the beauty of natural lighting. For the budget conscious designer, natural lighting is also a great way to save on your electric bill every month. Only purchase the additional lighting you need to be comfortable at night, and leave your curtains undrawn throughout the day.
Pro tip: position your room’s centerpiece of your room where the light directly shines the brightest. It will naturally guide your visitor’s gaze towards your centerpiece.
4. Use Your Exterior as Part of Your Interior
Nature lovers have an advantage in interior design. People who love the outdoors can take advantage of the view outside their windows as part of their design. Arrange your other pieces in such a way that people will be naturally drawn towards the outdoors view. You can also bring in items from the landscape, like flowers and other plants, to put beside your windows. This will make it seem like the outdoor setting is an extension of your design.
Whether you’re buying or renting, pay attention to the view of the surrounding landscape as you search for a place to live. Having one with a beautiful outdoors view can help you realize your beautiful vision for a perfect design.
5. Create Your Own Wall Art
Most people’s first instinct when they want to introduce rich patterns to their wall is to grab a roll of wallpaper. But depending on the size of your home, wallpaper can get very expensive. It’s also a pain to hang.
Instead of that, you can create your own wall designs without wrecking your wallet. All you’ll need is a stencil with a design you like, a pencil to sketch out your template, and some wall paint. The paint is the most expensive item, but since you’re not covering the entire wall, you’ll save much more than you’d spend on standard wallpaper.
6. Use Plants as an Accent
Not only do they look and smell wonderful, but potted plants can also be a cheap alternative to more expensive decor items. You can also use plants as a great way to draw attention to other aspects of your room you want to highlight.
For example, if you place two plants on either side of a framed photo, people will be naturally drawn to the space between the plants, almost like they were looking through a gateway.
7. Repurpose Old Decor
When most people are ready to redecorate, they either sell off their old items or throw them away. If you’re working on a budget, you could be getting rid of some valuable resources.
For example - an old area rug that you may have in your living room can now be repurposed as a unique piece of hanging wall art.
8. Use Non-Decor as Decor
We’ve all seen mason jars used as lightbulb fixtures, and you can apply this same concept to many items in your home. You might use old glass bottles as decor pieces for your living room table, or hang some of your silverware on wall plaque for your kitchen or dining room.