When it comes to home decoration projects, it can be all too easy to spend more money than you actually have. Home decoration has its own practical purposes, but it often acts as a reflection of your personality. Home décor is very important, and as a result, anything from the furniture to the decorations may end up costing a huge amount. This excessive spending, however, is not necessary.
Saving money on your home decoration project will take some research, planning and a certain amount of creativity. You may need to take time to learn about the most cost effective decorating methods, or about how much a contractor should be paid per hour. You might learn how to create new pieces of furniture and art from items around your home.
All of these measures, although requiring time and effort, can result in significant savings for your home design efforts. You may even find a deeper sense of satisfaction once the job is done, knowing you kept control of the project from start to finish.
Budgeting for Your Redesign Project
As with any type of spending, the first step to save on home decoration is making a realistic and functional budget. Home renovations and decorations can seem easy enough when you begin them, only to spiral out of control and leave you with huge bills you were unprepared to pay. By making a plan for all the steps you will take for your project, you can see where you will be able to cut down on costs.
You may still want to budget larger amounts for investment items and projects, such as custom cabinets or a dining table that might last you for years. However, you might also be surprised on just how much you can save by shopping around in each category before you start spending. This may also prevent you from making unplanned impulse purchases beyond your budget.
It is also important to do your due diligence when it comes to understanding the practical steps of the project. You might need to budget for the services of a contractor, new tools and supplies, or a remodelling permit.
Some of these categories could also be used in comparison shopping, however, allowing you to find the most affordable option before spending any money. Setting aside extra funds in case of emergencies or repairs is also vital. Once you have your total, remember: you can change your plan to suit your budget, not the other way around.
Finding Inexpensive Furniture and Decorations
Beautiful furniture and expensive art can sometimes make the biggest impact on a home decoration project.
However, these items can also mean a much higher cost than is truly necessary. Provided you are willing to put in the time and effort required to compare and search, you can find excellent inexpensive furniture and decoration alternatives to many of the priciest items on your project shopping list.
Second hand items can seem like something of a gamble, as you can never be entirely sure what you will find or what condition the items will be in. However, shopping around carefully can result in some real gems for your space. You may even find an item you would never have planned to buy but ultimately ends up having one of the biggest decorative impacts in your home. Knowing in advance what style you intend to decorate in can help you make good decisions with this kind of shopping.
Buying new items still does not have to mean overspending. While you may choose to look for expensive, high quality pieces for some parts of your project, others could be easily found at a bargain retailer or a website offering leftover stock from a previous season. Buying items that are about to be replaced by new collections can also be a good way to save money, if you do not get caught up in the desire to have the latest trends. Sales and store credit, admittedly, can sometimes pose a danger to your budget. However, when planned correctly, you can also use sales monitoring and loyalty programs to your advantage by restricting your purchases to those on a premade list.
Working With Your Small Space
If you are concerned with keeping the cost of living down while also maintaining a pleasant lifestyle, there is a good chance you have a smaller living space. Small apartments, while practical, can be difficult to live in when you do not know how to decorate them, as they can often seem dingy and overcrowded.
The best rules to follow when decorating a small home are those of light, color and openness. The lighter your space, the bigger it will seem. You can achieve this by letting natural light come in through your windows or by purchasing additional light fixtures and lamps. The colors you choose are also important, as cool colors tend to expand a space while warm colors make it seem closer and cozier.
The way you arrange your belongings can have the biggest impact on your home’s feeling of space. The simple act of removing small items you had been keeping on the floor and placing them on shelves or hooks could be enough to make a room seem much bigger. Rearranging your furniture into different configurations in search of the best and roomiest option can also be time well spent, and at no addition to your project budget.
Repurposing Home Items
When looking at cost effective ways to find decorative touches for your project, you may find you have the perfect solution sitting in your garage or under your bed. There are a number of items you may have on your project’s shopping list that can be made using repurposed objects and furniture from around your home. This can take time, especially with items that require some alterations or refinishing, but the individual amounts of the small savings you can make will quickly add up.
Ladders, luggage or baskets could find new homes as upcycled storage options, for example.
A collection of old jars could be turned into a vase and candleholder set, while scrap wood or an old door could be hung as a statement art piece on your wall.
By Larissa Shelton –