Moving home is incredibly stressful – but if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get stuck straight into the decorating as soon as possible.
However, when you’ve got a budget in place, it can be difficult to know where to start or how to make the most cost-effective changes.
So with that in mind, here are some top tips as to how you can decorate on a budget:
Figure Out Your Biggest Expenses
If you need to buy new furniture for the property, it’s a good idea to figure out how much these items are going to eat up into your budget first. That way, you won’t run out of budget before you’ve bought these essentials.
Visit your local furniture store and get an idea of what you’re going to need to spend to get the pieces you need. Then, you can start working on spreading the budget out with the next affordable steps.
Add Colour to the Walls
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to transform a room is to paint or wallpaper the walls in a colour of your choice. It’ll give the rooms an instant facelift while allowing you to add your own personality and style to the space.
And you can make simple paintwork uber-glamorous, too. Just use two different colours to create striking features, or find some statement wallpaper that you can hang on one wall for a real focal point. The latter may cost a bit more, but if you only use it on one wall, it should keep costs to a minimum.
Look at What You’ve Already Got
While you may feel as though that sofa’s outdated or that sideboard has seen better days, there may be some simple ways you can bring these bang up to date. From reupholstering your sofa (or just adding a gorgeous new throw to it) to painting your sideboard to give it a shabby-chic twist, there are so many cool upcycling methods out there.
You may even find that just reworking your furniture transforms the space.
Hang Up Some Artwork and Mirrors
To create focal points in each room of the home, hang up some artwork and mirrors to really add to the feel of the space.
Not got any artwork?
Then why not frame the kids’ drawings in vibrant frames for funky pieces of art in the kitchen (a step above the fridge artwork!). Or, you could have a go at creating your own artwork with contemporary splashes of paint or marbling.
Equally, a few cheap mirrors can really bring light and space into a room. And for a real standout look, why not mix and match a few different styles to create some funky artwork on the walls?
Even though it can be frustrating when you’re on a budget, you’ll probably find that you get a far greater sense of achievement from the look you create than if you’d just bought new pieces or had someone else decorate your home for you.