Wanting to spruce up your home without breaking the bank? Check out these simple, affordable home decorating ideas to enhance your space on a budget.
Declutter and Organize
This home decorating idea isn’t only free, it may also make you money. Selling unneeded items can fund other home improvement projects. Decluttering is a crucial, but often overlooked piece of the design process. Luckily, discarding unnecessary things is a perfect weekend project.
Marie Kondo made the KonMari method of decluttering famous and you can modify this method to fit your goals, home, and time constraints. We suggest going room by room to better organize your space. Or, you can even go so far as to journey into the minimalist movement.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
For many, the hardest part of any paint project is choosing the correct color for a room. Speak to your local paint shop for suggestions and take home paint samples. Use the samples to test the color in different areas. Lighting can make a big difference in a color’s appearance, so be sure to examine it with different lights on as well as at different times of the day.
Once you’ve chosen a color, the next step of this DIY weekend project is to prep the space. Take the time to clean the walls, tape off baseboards and window sills, and put down coverings to prevent any painting accidents.
Depending upon the base color of the wall and the brand of paint purchased, painting may require more than one coat to get the coverage and look desired. This cheap hack makes a space feel brand new. It’s amazing how even painting one wall as an accent wall can positively impact a room and change the entire mood.
Rearrange or Repurpose Furniture
Many home stagers use this hack: pare down existing furniture in the home and/or move it to new spaces for new purposes. Having trouble visualizing the space? Don’t worry: there’s an app for that! Check out these furniture layout apps to get started.
Another option is to use good old-fashioned graph paper. Measure your space and furniture pieces, and cut them out on equivalent graph paper squares. This strategy will save your back from moving furniture around unnecessarily and provide a visual guide to the space.
You may have some nice pieces of furniture that you don’t want to part with yet you know it’s time to spruce up your home with a new bench, headboard, or bookcase. Try repurposing your old pieces so you can use them in a whole new way. Here are some repurposed furniture ideas to inspire you.
Change a Room’s Lighting
Lighting can really affect each room in your home. Professional interior designers often consider if a room really has enough light, how to strategically place it, and which high-quality lighting fixtures will be best for that space. Here’s some helpful lighting advice from an expert. Also, watch this video with useful lighting tips to learn how to create many different design styles on a budget. Strategies highlighted in the video include backlighting, furniture lighting, and adding accent lights.
Want to splurge? There’s also a wide variety of smart home lighting devices that can improve the look of any room. While some lights may need to be professionally installed, many have the ability to connect to other smart home systems and can be controlled from smart devices.
Bringing the outdoors inside instantly makes a space feel like a safe haven. There are even some health benefits to indoor plants such as reducing stress and improving indoor air quality. Don’t have a lot of space or want to start small? Decorative little pots with herbs will instantly brighten your kitchen and elevate your meals. Also, empty nooks are the perfect spot for a tall indoor plant. If you’re convinced you do not have a green thumb, many of today’s artificial plants look very real, and you can use other tricks to make a space feel like you’ve invited nature into your home.
Highlight a Statement Piece
Finding a statement piece for a space is another interior designer trick for home decorating. This unique piece can vary by the location of the space it is in. In the dining room, splurging on an overhead lighting fixture may be just what you need to bring the space together. In bedrooms, a decorative accent wall is often used to draw attention to one part of the space. You can also purchase a large area rug to better frame your living room and/or bring the room’s colors together. Additionally, a new floor lamp could easily be used to highlight a piece of antique furniture, a beautiful work of art, or even a thriving houseplant.
Visit Local Home Stores
To get inspired, we suggest visiting local home stores. You just never know what you’ll find and many have very helpful staff who can give you ideas or help you find the perfect addition to your kitchen, living room, or bedroom. Here in Kitsap County, we have wonderful places like Eclectic Home Furnishings in Silverdale, Josephine’s Mercantile in Port Orchard, and better-2-gether in Poulsbo. Stop by to find beautiful decor, antique furniture, and more.