Everyone wants their home to look as amazing as possible, and lots of people are willing to spend lots of money on home decor to make that happen. However, if you’re on a budget, you might be having a hard time getting your home to look the way you want it to. These easy tips and tricks can help you save while making your home look great, giving you a bit of extra cash to invest in your home or elsewhere.
- Watch out for impulse buys: If you’re going out shopping for your home decor items, make a list before you leave of what you’re looking to buy and stick to it. Most shoppers make 82% of their purchase decisions in the store, but doing this can lead to you spending more than you were planning on.
- DIY or don’t: Some things, it’s best to leave to the professionals. While there are certainly lots of decor items you can make at home, avoid DIY-ing anything that could cause problems in your home if done incorrectly. Besides, some DIYs end up costing about as much as buying the item anyway, especially once you factor in the time spent.
- Off the beaten path: Just because you saw a DIY tip online doesn’t mean it’s something you need to have in your home. Don’t be afraid to skip out on certain items that don’t work for your space. Window shades, for example, are one of the most common forms of window treatments, but if you don’t think they’ll look good in your home, it’s not worth spending the money on. Feel free to look for alternatives that are better suited to your home and your needs.
- Work with what you have: If your home decor and interior design needs a facelift, you might be able to make use of what you already have in your house. Rather than scrapping your furniture or existing decor, see if you can repaint it. Just make sure you properly prepare and treat your furniture before repainting to ensure it lasts longer. “When it comes to money-saving home decor ideas, sometimes it is fun to think outside of the box,” says Tracy Lynn of Simple Living Country Gal. “An old wooden crate looks great hung on a wall to hold your favorite books and family photos. A ceramic crock can be topped with a glass or wooden top and just like that, you have a vintage end table in a family room. Walk the rooms in your home and ‘shop’ what you have. You just might find a hidden treasure that you can use in a new and unique way to liven up another room.”
- Reduce, reuse, recycle: Not all your decor finds have to necessarily be new, even if you’re not using your own existing decor. How can you pull this off? Check with your local antiques or thrift store for unique finds to bring some flair into your home. You’ll save some money while also keeping perfectly good furniture out of landfills.
- Spending where it counts: Sometimes, you’ll end up having to spend a bit on your home decor or general home improvements. When you do, make sure you’re choosing where to spend money carefully. Spending on certain fixes can end up helping you save in the long-run, even improving your home’s overall value. Even a minor kitchen remodel has an average return on investment of 82.7%.
Finally, Suzannah Stanley, DIY home decor blogger at Create/Enjoy, says, “A big trend I’ve seen this year is authenticity, shown in quality and antique materials like natural wood, organic elements, patina on antique pieces, handmade-look pottery, and more. It’s a welcome change from the super polished, colorful, shiny accent pieces of a few years ago, and is great for those of us who are okay with imperfection (and maybe even want to try making our own handcrafted decor accents).”
Are you planning on updating your home decor or interior design sometime soon? How do you plan to use these tips to save a bit of money along the way?
Jason Wuerch of Frugal for Less says, “What most people don’t realize about personal finance is that it really doesn’t take a lot of effort. There are many simple ways to make and save money that don’t take up a lot of time. With just a little bit of research and the desire to do so, improving your finances is highly achievable.”