Questions, Answered: “How Can I Decorate on a Budget?”

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Maybe it’s your first time living on your own, you’re transitioning from renting to owning, or perhaps a negative circumstance means it’s time to start over. Regardless of the reason, if you find yourself decorating after a move, there are lots of great ways to make the new place reflect your style, while still keeping a budget.

Tip 1: Take Your Time

The first thing any interior designer will tell you when you’re decorating: do. not. rush. It takes time to find great pieces that reflect your style and still fit your budget. If you rush the process, you risk falling into two pitfalls:

  • Spending far beyond your means, and therefore running out of money before you’re satisfied with the house.
  •  You end up with pieces that either don’t fit your style personally, or clash with the character of your home. Chances are, you’ll end up getting rid of the pieces before too long, and end up right back where you started.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. When you enter homes that are carefully decorated, you’re looking at years of careful curation that can’t be faked in a week. Instead of rushing, admit to yourself that it will probably be a while before everything on your list is finished, which brings us to our next point:

Tip 2: Decide on your Top Priorities

When decorating a new home, it’s easy to get carried away with the thought of overhauling every room in the house. In reality, doing so would probably cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, and require all of your time and energy. Instead, take an afternoon to decide which rooms and which pieces are the most important to you. Do you live in the kitchen? Is your bedroom the place that you go to escape? Would you rather have a new desk and office chair, or splurge on a new TV? Whatever matters most to you, tackle those projects first, and think about the others later.

Tip 3: Get Creative

Having a gorgeous home doesn’t have to be expensive or look like everyone else’s. If you’re decorating on a budget, look for furniture in unusual places, and take on a few DIY projects. Yard sales, antique shops, or thrift stores may seem unappealing at first glance, but hidden treasures await those who are daring enough to get their hands a little dirty. You also don’t have to be an expert with a jigsaw or nail gun to do a few things yourself. Start with simple projects, and work your way up to HGTV-worthy status.

Have a tip of your own for making a new house feel like home, or want to show off your decorating skills? Let us know on our facebook page!

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