Home décor is important to the feel of a home. In your home, you should feel welcomed and relaxed. The best way to ensure your home reflects your personality and preferences is by decorating it to match your style.
One of the main issues people run into when decorating their homes is the price of decoration and furniture. While it often feels unattainable to have your house decorated the way you want it without pushing your budget, it is possible. All you need is a guide to decorating your home on a budget.
Repurpose Your Existing Décor
Your existing décor might be old and outdated. It might just not fit your current aesthetic preferences. Whatever the reason it’s not serving your needs, it may be able to be repurposed.
For example, if you have an old metal side table that is cute but doesn’t fit well in your living room anymore, consider moving it to your patio to fit the aesthetic outside.
Many things can work in a home that’s undergoing a style shift when they’re moved to a different place. Moving items around for style’s sake comes with the added bonus of a feeling of a refresh. Moving furniture around, even a small décor piece livens up a room and gives it some much-needed excitement and intrigue.
Don’t Count Out Secondhand
Secondhand shops and your friends and relatives often have great items that can fit into your home’s décor roster with ease with a little bit of love. Thrift shops, antique stores, garage sales, and estate sales all provide an opportunity to get great new items for your home at affordable bargain prices.
It’s easy to forget that these types of secondhand shops often have tons of unique and aesthetic décor waiting to be added to your home. Here is a list of items to look for at your local secondhand shop that are perfect for décor:
- Vases (Any color works because you can paint them to match your color scheme)
- Wall hangings
There are so many great pieces of décor you can find at your local secondhand or antique shop for reasonable prices. Some of the items may need a bit of refurbishing, but most will be ready to adorn your walls or shelves.
Plan Ahead of Time
The best advice for anyone looking to update their home’s decoration style is to make a plan before buying or changing anything. Spend some time just looking at your space and paying attention to where you want to put decorations. The best way to understand what each room needs is to follow these steps:
- Remove all current decorations from the walls, shelves, and tables.
- Spend time in the room as you normally would but tune in to which areas feel empty.
- Keep a list of where you’d like decorations to go.
Once you have a list of what areas felt lacking, you can develop a better idea of what decorations you still need to get and what type. For example, if a certain wall feels empty, you know you need some form of wall hanging—but you get to decide the size and type.
The next step of preparing ahead of time is to then go through the current decorations that you own. It’s time to decide what does and what does not fit your aesthetic or the room. If you decide you like something, instead of looking for a place for it, reference your notes of where in your home already needs to feel less empty. Put that decoration in a place you’ve listed that would benefit from a decoration of that relative size, shape, and type.
Following this method takes the “finding a place” for an item out of home décor. Buying before having a place for something is what leads to clutter and mismatched aesthetics.
Refurbish Rather Than Replace
Small trinkets and wall hangings are not the only forms of home décor. Furniture is what really sets the tone of a room. If you have drab furniture that dates your style—and not in a fun vintage way—consider what you can do to improve the look of it without investing in all new furniture. Couches, chairs, tables, and all other furniture pieces are pricey when you buy new, so try to salvage what you already own before heading to your local carpenter.
When you have wooden furniture that’s seen better days, you can usually refurbish it as a DIY project—even without any woodworking experience. As long as the wood is in decent condition, there are no bugs, and there is no water damage, you can usually strip down the wood stain and sand out any smaller imperfections. Then, apply the paint or stain of your choosing, seal it, and enjoy a piece of furniture that looks brand new and expertly crafted.
Many people lose hope in their DIY furniture updating abilities when it comes to upholstery—but fear not. You don’t have to learn to reupholster furniture to enjoy a couch or accent chair that looks brand new. Furniture slipcovers are perfect for when you want to make your home more friendly and welcoming through color, texture, and a refresh, but don’t want to change your furniture up. Investing in a custom slipcover helps you cover and protect the original fabric while making your furniture easier to clean, more customizable, and made of any fabric you want.
Pro Tip: Even if you have a futon for a sofa in any room and want it to fit your aesthetic while remaining functional, you can invest in futon mattress covers to match the rest of the furniture or the futon frame. This makes it look more “couch-like” without sacrificing functionality.
When you’re in need of a guide to decorating your home on a budget, then look no further than Easy Fit. Our custom-made slipcovers are perfect for giving your home a total makeover for a fraction of the price of new furniture. We have a wonderful selection of fabrics, colors, and patterns to choose from. Contact us today for more information.