We all desire a fresh look for our homes from time to time, but many updates can get expensive. There are ways to accomplish a new look on a budget, and here we offer both do-it-yourself tips and advice on what new purchases will make the greatest impact.Picture via freshome.com
Make an Impact With Paint
There is no easier or more affordable way to immediately make an impact on a room than by changing the wall color. This is also something you can tackle yourself as opposed to having to hire a professional, which is an additional cost-saver. Paint the entire room to make a dramatic statement, or paint an accent wall for a subtler change. Leave your walls neutral and paint the ceiling a bold color for a unique effect.
Budget Flooring Options
If hardwoods are buried under that wall-to-wall carpet, uncover those beauties and start refinishing. Although it can be time-consuming, this is another project you can do yourself. Hardwood floors are gorgeous, timeless, and may save money in the long run by eliminating the cost of routine carpet replacement.
If you already have finished hardwood floors in your home, it’s amazing what a new area rug can accomplish for giving a room a fresh look. Consider a purchase that compliments your existing furniture but that might have different patterns or colors. Use this as your new base color, and scatter some affordable decorative items about – candles, bowls of potpourri, picture frames, throw blankets or pillows – that make that new rug pop and show off your room’s new look.
Ceramic or porcelain tile is another great flooring choice, and with proper instruction may be another DIY option. There are so many flooring varieties available these days; depending on what style you choose, it can give almost any room an immediate makeover.
Replacing dated lighting or bathroom fixtures is a fantastic way to bring your room to the current century overnight! You don’t have to break the bank to make a bold statement. Dozens of retail stores sell stylish fixtures at reasonable prices that closely resemble those with out-of-reach price tags.
Dozens of options come to mind when talking furniture. If purchasing new pieces isn’t an option, consider reupholstering, purchasing new slipcovers or bedding, or simply rearrange your existing furniture to give your room a new look and feel.
Shop in thrift stores, consignment stores, antique stores, at garage sales or even online to find affordable, previously used pieces of furniture. Consider refinishing or repainting items for a fresh look that appeals to your personal taste and enhances your room’s new personality.
Discount Home Décor and Accessories
It’s the small stuff that sometimes packs the biggest punch. Don’t forget to accessorize appropriately yet sparingly to really capture your new desired look. Keep sales in mind and watch for coupons as you hunt for your new trinkets in stores or online.
Use what’s in front of you to add new décor at zero or very low cost. Think seasonally and fill baskets or bowls with fresh fruit for display. Use gourds or small pumpkins in the fall and colored bulbs in the winter for an affordable change. Fill vases with fresh cut, seasonal flowers for beautiful centerpieces you can change frequently. Houseplants are also great, inexpensive additions to any room.
The possibilities are endless when designing a new room on a budget, so don’t let your finances hinder you. Think creatively and roll up your sleeves. Take your time and shop around. Be mindful of the additional tips offered above, and create that designer look without paying designer price tags.