When moving in a new house, it is difficult to start your decorating journey. Here you will find 15 guidelines on how to help yourself on the adventure of personalizing your home and how to do it all on a budget.
- Get inspired for free from everything around you
Browsing the internet or a house magazine can give an idea about your own taste and likings. Feel free to visit the home improvement stores to steal any information that might help you in this personal and heartfelt decorating process. The samples of paint or fabric are always a good start. This way you can feel your way in this adventure of discovering your own style. You might be into Vintage, Modern or French Country. Use all these sources that I mention and you will never feel that you lack inspiration.
- Be honest with how much you want to spend
When you start decorating your home, even on a budget, you still have many good quality options to choose from. Because you already chose the general theme, now it’s time to buy a few important pieces to build up your strategy around that theme. For any other low budget accessories use thrift shops and go hunting items on final sale in important house department stores.
- The doorway is the place to start with
For the hallway and the main door is recommended to keep this space clear and open. Make sure to keep the shoes, clothing or small objects lying around out of the view by using decorative baskets or even a chest. Turning this space into a source of good energy is easy when you focus on natural lighting, uplifting art and inspiring colors. Start with this area of your house because this is the first place that you and your guests will see after opening the door. The choice you make in colors and accessories in this area are important hints about your general decorating style.
- Upcycle old furniture
Do not throw away your old furniture. After a treatment with paint or new materials the elegant old fashioned lines of outdated furniture pieces get a sophisticated and modern look. Change the mirror frame entirely or just the color of it to synchronize this old accessory with the new style.
- Consider moving or removing some furniture pieces
A completely free way of updating the look of your favorite room is by changing the place of furniture or by removing pieces of furniture. The purpose is to focus the attention on a specific area or just to get more open space and allow the natural light in.
- Paint your room in a vibrant color
If you don’t feel like changing the whole vibe of the room, just paint only one wall. It will add life and joy to the room. Any home improvement store can help you decide on the right color for your room and the best part is they do mixing for you.
- Accessories are the heart of a room
Blankets, pillows and small rugs are the best way to “play” with colors and patterns in a room without changing the furniture. And if you get bored, you can do it again. When you go for new colors and new patterns, you give your house a contemporary look in an inexpensive manner.
- Change your accessories in the bathroom for a bold look
To keep it simple, you can always choose to paint your bathroom in white. The difference is made by the shower curtains, bath mats and towels. Choosing specific colors and patterns can change a dull bathroom into a lavender field or tropical oasis.
- Don’t underestimate the charm of natural ingredients
You can pick up right from your grocery store the fruits that can make a colorful statement. Feel free to choose apples, oranges, lemons or limes. They are great as centerpieces when placed on carefully selected platter. You can add marbles as well for a more playful look.
- Use nature’s gifts to make your house beautiful
When going to the beach pick up seashells or white big stones, from the forest you can bring home pine cones or colorful leaves when the fall comes. Display them according to the the season in baskets or tall glass jars in your living room or even in the hallway for a welcoming energy.
- Change your plumbing fixtures
Updating the plumbing fixtures is always a good idea to bring a more modern and stylish look in the bathroom. The secret is the metal finish. You can choose from brushed chrome, copper or brushed bronze. They give a new personality to your bathroom.
- Give your cabinets a new personality
The way to do this is by changing the door pulls and handles. It takes you up to an hour to browse through the variety of models displayed in the home improvement store. Once you find your pick, proceed with the necessary changes. If you choose the same metal as for the plumbing fixtures or lighting fixtures, you will have a perfect match.
- Do it yourself is inexpensive and fun
You don’t have to be an artist to be able to follow a do it yourself project instructions on YouTube or on specific DIY blogs and websites. It is a great way to save money, to learn something new and have fun.
- New colors, new lighting
Buy new lampshades to give your lamps a more modern and inspired look. Get crafty and create your own lampshades. The craft and hobby store is a good place to start from. Let yourself be inspired by colors, fabrics and ornamentation accessories.
- Decorate your house with souvenirs from your vacations
If you have been traveling to different countries or cities, you probably brought back with you many objects, some of them of ethnic inspiration. Do not tuck them away and forget about them. A small orange hand painted gas lamp from Turkey can become your main attraction in the living room.
When decorating your home always follow your intuition, bring in the items that matter to you and are loved in order to feel that your space nourishes you back.
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