Do you want your house to look terrible and also be out of money?
No? Great we are on the same page. Owning a house is expensive and home decor only adds to the cost. Most people spend thousands of dollars every year to have an average looking house at best.
With a mortgage to pay for and groceries to buy, it can be hard to have a great looking home AND a savings account.
You have already spent all your money on a paint job or hiring someone to build a shed and now you cannot possibly spend anymore trying to add tiny details. So, here you are.
These actionable tips you can take to get your house looking awesome is the perfect last step to take to living in your dream home.
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Here are 10 creative ways you can save money while making your house a home:
1. Get your home decor budget right BEFORE you spend
Before you splash out a few thousand dollars on that perfect living room, know how much you can afford to spend. If you do not have a budget reminding you at all times, it can be easy to get carried away.
You do not want to be counting pennies for the rest of the year because you spent too much on a couch...
List your expenses and monthly payments on a piece of paper. This will allow you to get to the amount that is 'free money' and can be spent without you feeling the pinch.
2. Look online first before you try home decor stores
Home decor stores are heaven on earth for quite a few of us. Everything is laid out beautifully, you have attendants convincing you cannot live without that $2000 couch and you could very well wind up buying the entire set.
Looking online not only gives you tons of options but also allows you to stay logical and not get carried away.
Amazon has tons of options if you need a bed or a couch or literally anything in between but most people go to stores.
Here are furniture pieces on Amazon that are really discounted and really great to look at:
3. Pay attention to the smaller stuff
You do not NEED that massive painting flown in from Italy to make your living room look great.
Buying a great piece for under 20 bucks can change your entire living room. If you have good taste, you can manage a bad budget.
Something as simple as a couple of coasters can brighten up your living room.
If your room is looking too dull or you want a splash of color, you could invest in something smaller than average but still get the job done.
4. Make your old furniture look new
Before you start googling bedroom decor ideas, try reviving the furniture you already have. Some of the ways to make old furniture look new are:
If you have a chest of drawers that looks just a bit dull, consider stenciling to make it pop. This layer of design can make it look BETTER than new. Click the button below to get what you need to start.
If your sofa looks beaten and done for but you cannot afford a new one, get a slipcover.
It gives your sofa a new life and makes it look brand new. Click the button below to get what you need.
5. Quick living room decor idea: Try mirrors
Mirrors can instantly make your living room. You can get them in any shape and size you want and you get the additional bonus of having a cool frame.
You could try adding one above the fireplace or just a random assortment of sizes. Either way, it can double the size of your room without paying double the mortgage.
A personal favorite for me is to put a really cool statement piece mosaic mirror in the bathroom above the washbasin.
6. Give one wall a splash of color
It is affordable and the change is huge and prominent. It is the perfect thing to do if you feel like your house is looking dull and you are on a budget.
Consider accentuating that bright pop of color with a Buddha painting or a statement piece of some kind.
7. Consider buying second-hand furniture
If home decor saving is something you are aiming at, then do not write off the possibility of buying second-hand furniture. This discount furniture could mean you will not break the bank but still pick up a lot of what you need.
A flea market is a decent way to find hidden gems and cheap furniture. Sometimes you can find things that are barely used at an absolute steal.
8. Consider changing the fixtures for your bathroom decor
Affordable furniture is a great way to save money on home decor but if you want to redo your bathroom, you need another saving tip.
Changing the entire sink and bath tub can be really expensive so focus solely on the fixtures. They are you bathroom's biggest accessories and they draw attention. If you can pick up something attention-grabbing your bath tub could light up and look twice as good.
A beautiful tap that has a bright gold or bronze finish could be a great way to make your bathroom look better without breaking the bank.
9. Use home made DIY stuff as artwork
Creating something artsy at home with your kids is loads of fun and if it turns out half decent, you can hang it up on your walls.
Artists make a killing on their work but there is nothing stopping you from using your own. Here are some ways you can create DIY artwork for your walls save money.
Something your kids create at camp or create in class, can be framed for their rooms as well.
10. Cheap home decor ideas: Go crazy on new fabrics
Paint can make a big change to your rooms but another cheap way to give your house a pop is buy buying great fabrics.
A simple rug or some floral pillow covers can change the look of your room in a few minutes.
Here are a couple of ideas:
- Rugs: Getting a comfy, bright colored rug could highlight your wooden flooring and give your room some color.
- Pillow Covers: Floral pillow covers are a great way to give a dull room some variety.
- Duvets: Adding a thick, bright duvet will make your bed a lot more comfortable and make your room look just a bit more luxurious.
- Curtains: A good set of curtains that reach the floor of your room can really change the room's aesthetic. Use these tiny details to make a gigantic, cheap change.