Putting together your home is one of the most fulfilling tasks ever. You take blank canvas – your home – and you paint it just the way you want it. It’s your own work of art that shows your character, your adventures, and your life.
However, we need to be realistic and admit the fact that a home can be one expensive work of art. Decorating a home from top to bottom is a long, complicated, and costly process, but only if you let it be this way.
They say beautiful homes don’t have to cost a fortune and we believe that to be very true. You don’t need the most expensive furniture, unique works of art, and custom-made wallpaper to breathe life into your home. Sure, all of these things are nice, but only if you won’t jeopardize your financial safety for them.
For those who want to live a frugal life and decorate a home without breaking the bank, imagination is key—imagination, and a few pieces of advice that will be listed below. So, keep reading if you are looking for inspiration on how to transform your house into a home with little money.
Ditch the retail stores for the thrift shops
The thing with retail stores is that they have made everything readily available for us. However, this type of availability can cost more than its true worth, so when you are looking to manage your budget, you may want to reconsider your options.
Instead of buying all of your furniture from Ikea or your local furniture shop, take some time to go treasure hunting. Thrift shops and yard sales are the perfect places to find beautiful and affordable pieces that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Sure, you may need to repaint some stuff, but it’s still going to be less expensive.
Make a list of all the things you need at home and start looking for them in thrift shops and at local flea markets. You may not be able to find everything you need there, but chances are you are going to come home with some treasures that not only cost less than the items sold by furniture shops, but they are one of a kind as well.
Upcycle what you have
Unless you decided to throw away all your belongings and start a new life, chances are you probably have more stuff than you imagined. Before shopping for new stuff, take the time to reconsider what you already own.
Make an inventory of the things you have and consider whether you can use them as they are or upcycle them into something new. Use your imagination, and you will be surprised as to what you can come up with if you let your creativity run wild. Not only will you be able to save some money by making use of the stuff you already own, but you will also be able to give your home the character you want it to have.
There are plenty of simple DIY projects you can make, and you don’t need a lot of stuff for them either. For example, you can easily create some shelves with just a glue gun, some wholesale ribbons, and a few wooden planks.
Invest in quality when it truly matters
Budgeting is not about buying the least expensive items you can find. It’s about knowing when to invest in quality and when not. There are going to be some pieces that are best bought new, so the point of budgeting is to make sure you are left with enough money to afford them.
The mattress and the sofa are two examples worth giving here, as these are some of the most expensive items you will invest in. If there is only one thing you can afford, make it your mattress. The comfort of a good night’s rest is not something you can afford to bargain on, so do your mental and physical health a favor and buy yourself a mattress that provides proper support for a good sleep. You can even place it on the floor, and you will still sleep like a baby, but there won’t be much you can do if you invest in an expensive bed frame, but you spend the entire night tossing and turning because the mattress is uncomfortable.
Create some affordable wall art
The walls can change the entire aspect of a home, so how about filling them with some amazing art created by yourself? You don’t need to be the next Rembrandt to create good wall art. You just need to let your creativity roam free. There are plenty of tutorials online that can teach you to create some amazing pieces without the need to take an art course beforehand.
If you have kids, you can ask them to contribute to this as well. Make this a family project and work together to breathe new life into your home – a home that tells your story and does not just look like coming out of the latest home décor catalog.
To reduce costs even more, shop for frames at local thrift shops and yard sales, and then create your art to fit those frames. This way, you won’t be forced to pay for standard Ikea frames that are overpriced despite being cheap.
This last tip is for those that feel their home needs a total makeover, and there is no other way around it. Well, there is – make more with what you already have. And no, this time, we are not talking about revamping certain objects. We are talking about decluttering and reorganizing your entire home.
Before you go on changing all the furniture, take the time to think if it can be put to better use. Maybe that nightstand works perfectly as your new side table for the sofa or as an added piece of furniture for your kid’s bedroom. Chances are, you can end up with a new home just by moving some things around or giving some items a new purpose. Spend time going around the house and thinking about what you can do to switch things around a bit before you go on making your shopping list.