If you’re anything like me, you love a bargain – especially when it comes to home design and decoration! Moving into your own home isn’t cheap, so unless you’re really lucky, you probably won’t have much money left over for decoration once you’re in. You can save yourself a lot of money on the mortgage if you shop wisely – I use a mortgage calculator like this one, Habito is really fast, easy, and free to use. Even so, I found that I had a tiny, tiny budget for decoration. Here are a few tips and tricks to help your money stretch further, while still giving your new home the chic edge you’re looking for!
Focus on the layout, first
Make sure you know exactly what you want, and where you want it to go. Get your existing furniture in and arranged first, and plan your other decorations around it. Take measurements, to ensure you don’t end up taking things back to the store! If you haven’t repainted yet, know your colors too.
Be your own great abstract artist
Can’t find a great painting for the wall? Get a canvas and paint your own! You don’t have to be Picasso to make great art, in fact anyone can do it – and that includes you. You can choose the size and dimensions of your art to fit the space perfectly, as well as colors and shades to match your home. Art is good for your mental health, too! Put a bit of your personality into the space, and really make it your own.
Get creative with your plants
It takes a little bit of time, but if you have more of that than money (like me!), it’s worth finding some cute ways of repotting your plants. They don’t just have to sit on the sill in boring plastic tubs! Make them part of the decor. There are a ton of great ideas on the internet like potting them in Mason jars or soup cans that are cheap as well as chic.
B. O. T. H. (Always Be On The Hunt)
Keep a tape measure in your bag, and a list of items you want and the measurements for the dimensions on your phone. You never know when you might see something that could be perfect for your home! Not all stores will hold things without a deposit, and you could end up missing out on something perfect and within your budget if you have to rush home, measure the space and come back. Always be prepared! Keep a paint chart with you, too, if matching color is important.
Not just on the wall! There are some great DIY ideas for hanging paper decorations, or you could hang fairy lights, or even try your hand at macramé to make some pretty plant hangers. The internet is a never-ending well of ideas for this type of thing, so have a look online and see if you can find inspiration for your own home. Here is just one website with a ton of great ideas to get you started.