How to Save Money on Redecorating

01/02/2018

The need to redecorate your home comes around every once in a while. You could be getting tired of how the living room looks, or because the house was painted ages ago and is already starting to age. There’s so many reasons why you’d want to give your home a breath of fresh air.

Your come up with all sorts of unique designs and ideas, then you go on and start planning. Halfway through planning, you realise that you’re on a tight budget.

Now your ideas seem a little out of reach, and you feel limited with what you can do because you don’t have the money to spend.

However, redecorating doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a lot. In fact, in some cases, you don’t have to spend anything! With that being said, here are easy ways to redecorate your home on a tight budget.

Declutter

A neat and tidy home says a lot about the people living in it. It gives off the impression that you, yourself, are someone who’s organised. Decluttering is easy to do, and best of all, it won’t cost you anything.

You start with the area of the house which ‘annoys’ you the most. A good place to start is somewhere like a cupboard which won’t shut properly because there’s too much stuff in it. As soon you’re done with this part of the house, you’ll find yourself motivated to go on with the next area.

Unfortunately, most people find it challenging to declutter their homes. That’s because they find it hard to decide if they should keep something or throw it away. To make it easier for you, simply ask yourself this question: if you throw it away, will you miss it?

If the answer is yes, then keep it. But make sure it’s stored in an organised manner. Otherwise, discard or recycle it, especially in the cases of badly-broken things that are beyond repair. You can also consider donating items to charity to extend whatever useful life they still have.

Upcycling

Upcycling is the process of reusing discarded objects to create something that has higher quality or value than the original.

This should go hand-in-hand with decluttering your home. If you think some of your old furniture can still be used by giving it new life, do so. That’s far more practical than buying a new piece of furniture.

Sometimes a piece of wood furniture just needs a new lick of paint. Just make sure that you lightly sand it down before painting to achieve the best results. There’s a lot of upcycling ideas that you can check online, all you need are old pieces of furniture, a few cans of paint, and some creativity.

Add some greenery

Adding greenery and plants to your home is an excellent way to add life and energy to your home. The beauty and natural texture that plants bring to homes are undeniable. In fact, adding greenery has been trendy for a long time now.

Aside from their aesthetic value, plants are also healthy for you and your family. Not only do they teach you patience and discipline, but they also help purify the air that you breathe. And you don’t have to just settle for houseplants. You can also grow trees in your home for a more natural look.

Best of all, they’re cheap and probably free if you have friends who’d be glad to give you cuttings.

One person’s garbage is someone else’s treasure

And that someone might be you.

If you really must replace something, try to find a cheaper alternative. eBay and Gumtree, for instance, are good places to start. You can also sell any old items you found at home through these websites.

Patience is key. You’ll never know what you’ll find scouring online markets for preloved items.

You can also try visiting second hand furniture shops, charity shops, or boot fairs. Again they require patience, but they can throw up some gems for a bargain. When they’re physically in front of you, can can also thoroughly check the condition of the item for some potential haggling.

Paint it

While there are so many ways to redecorate your home, painting it is one of the easiest ways to do so. The impact that a new lick of paint to the exterior can bring to the overall value of your home is undeniable.

For starters, it significantly enhances the curb appeal of your home. Second, it protects it from elements (provided that you did it properly). Lastly, it promotes healthy indoor air quality.

It also doesn’t cost a fortune to repaint your house unless you decide to hire a professional to do it for you. However, going the DIY route is not a bad option either. If you decide to do it yourself, don’t invest in cheap brushes and expensive paint.

It should be the other way around, but using high-quality paint brushes can let you get away with using a cheaper paint. That’s just one of the things to remember when repainting your house.

Mismatch your furniture

Another way to redecorate your home is by rearranging or mismatching your furniture. What’s great about this is that it’s 100% free to do. Be careful when lifting any heavy pieces of furniture, so where possible, ask someone to help you.

For example, you can start with rearranging the seats in your kitchen or dining room. Try matching different colours of chairs until you find an arrangement that suits your fancy. Your house doesn’t always need to be uniform and consistent inside out.

Light it up

Lighting plays a very important role in how your home will look.

If you feel that your living space is cramped and doesn’t give you enough room to breathe, it’s possible that it’s because of the lights you’re using. When done properly, decent lighting gives off the illusion that a small room is bigger.

There are so many options when it comes to lighting your home. But if you want to truly save money, go for the ones that are energy-saving like LED lights.

For the garden or driveway, choose solar lights. They may be an investment, but they’ll pay for themselves eventually since they don’t use electricity. They’re also the convenient outdoor lighting option as they don’t require any cables.

Conclusion

You don’t have to spend a lot to make your home beautiful and appealing. You just need a little bit of creativity to come up with innovative and practical ways to redecorate.

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