No matter where you go, and no matter what you do, you’ll always go back to your home. After all, ‘the home is where the heart is.’ It’s that one place where you feel the deepest affection, so they say. However, there will always come a time when you’ll get tired of seeing the same thingsin your home over and over again, right?
If that’s the case, maybe it’s time to redecorate.
Redecorating can be a herculean task that comes with a hefty price tag. At least, that’s what most people think. On the contrary, it doesn’t always have to!
Below, you’ll find ten different ways to redecorate without breaking a sweat, or the bank.
Sort Things Out
This approach won’t cost you anything at all. Well, maybe a little but not to the point that it will break your budget.
Decluttering your space first will make redecorating easier, and also make the task seem much more manageable with less ‘stuff’ to worry about.
Take a look at all the stuff that you have. The best way to do this is by asking yourself, “Do I need all of this?”. If not, you can sell unneeded items online, or you can do a bootsale. This way, you’re able to free up some space, and you have even more budget to use for redecorating.
What about the things that are left behind? Anything you don’t want can be donated, and for the things you want to keep, you can start by arranging them differently to give your space a breath of fresh air.
Find A Focal Point
Now that the not-so-needed things are out of the way, you are finally ready to begin.
A focal point is something that attracts interest and attention in a room. It can be anything that’s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, and it doesn’t have to be expensive (of course). For example, you can arrange your seating around a piece of artwork as your focal point. Or a piano, for instance.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a big piece; it just needs to be decent-looking enough to achieve that ‘wow’ effect.
Hunt for Treasures
Getting something for a very low price makes us feel good, right? How about if you get it for free? Facebook Marketplace and its local selling groups often having people giving away furniture and other things for free that you can take advantage of. You’ll find people who just want to get rid of stuff, and who knows, you might find that perfect piece of furniture that you’ve been looking for.
‘Someone’s garbage is someone else’s treasure.’
Paint Your Old Furniture
And why not? Instead of having to buy new sets of furniture, you are probably better off repainting what you already have. Instead of throwing away a big old piece of furniture like a bed or a dresser, a new coat of paint is all you need to transform it. You’ll be surprised at how drastic the change in appearance will be once you’re done.
If you’re unsure on how to do it, there are many tutorials that you can watch or read online to help you. A tin of paint is but a tiny fraction of the cost of new furniture, that’s for sure.
Let There Be Light
Proper lighting is crucial in any interior design. It’s responsible for setting the mood in your precious space. There are three kinds of lighting designs based on illumination — general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. The right mix of these three is the key to decorative lighting.
The good news? You don’t have to spend a lot to make rooms bright and lively. Mismatched lights are a no-no and certainly don’t look good if they don’t compliment the mood of your space. Instead, you can try getting a new shade for your lamp or perhaps, get lights to match your bed or sofa.
Consider Hanging Artwork
I mentioned earlier that artwork is an excellent focal point. If lighting is what sets the mood, then artwork is what gives life to your space. There are a lot of retailers who sell ready-to-hang artworks at very affordable prices.
You can even let your creative side take over. By all means, you’re allowed to create your own artwork for a more personal touch. You can even try getting the kids involved!
Tip: choose your artwork first before deciding what paint colour to use on your wall to match it. The same goes with how you arrange things, choose the pieces first, then arrange. It’s going to be a lot easier that way.
Removable Wallpapers and Decals Are The Way To Go
Another way to add colour and style to your space is by using wallpapers and stickers.
Staying away from permanent wallpapers is a good choice for two reasons. One, you can choose from a multitude of designs to perfectly match almost anything. Two, if you ever get tired of them, you can quickly remove them and get a replacement.
Storage Is Best-kept Hidden
Make your room clutter-free.
Get rid of unnecessary room accessories, books, or magazines. If you have to keep them, consider hiding them in storage that’s also hidden. Wait, did I confuse you? To be precise, use storage ottomans, chests, or even old suitcases. These things function well as storage, as well as a chair, table, or decoration. It’s a great technique to make your small room look and feel bigger.
Another option is placing furniture at an angle in the corner of your room to act as a built-in storage area.
Researchers have shown that plants can actually make us happier, healthier, and become more productive. It’s only logical that you include them on your list of decorative items, and start some indoor gardening.
You can place them in areas such as the living room, dining area, windows, etc. While some might argue that they don’t have the budget to maintain these plants or that they don’t have a ‘green thumb,’ don’t fret.
Start small. Some plants are self-sufficient like cacti or aloe veras. They don’t only look nice; they also don’t require a lot of maintenance. You can rest easy knowing that they won’t die on you anytime soon.
Mirrors Will Do The Trick
A huge mirror can make a tiny apartment seem larger than it actually is. As long as you make sure that it’s positioned in a way that it’s able to reflect the most light, it will add dimension to a small room. A mirror is also a great alternative to paintings or any wall decoration.
They have that elegance factor in them and are affordable at the same time. You can search for mirrors in local flea markets or even online.
Whoever said that redecorating costs a lot of money is definitely mistaken. There are tons of ways to make your space as attractive as ever without breaking your bank. Don’t get me wrong though, if you have the money to spend, you can buy expensive decors and furniture if you feel like doing so.
But if you can achieve the same results while saving a lot, all the better don’t you think? You can even use tricks professional interior designers don’t want you to know.