Living Big On A Small Budget : Decorating For Cheap

September 22, 2018

Living Big On A Small Budget : Decorating For Cheap | Let’s face it: decorating can be expensive. Even the smallest redecorating endeavor, if done unwisely, can end up breaking both the budget and the bank. When we are already being faced with rising living costs and ballooning home prices (yes, even those in pasir ris ), home decor may be the last thing we’d prefer to spend our hard-earned money on. This is especially so for those of us who love to switch up our decor choices on a regular basis.

However, just because of the expense, it doesn’t mean that you have to stick to standard affordable decorating that can often times be nondescript. There are still ways to decorate with a limited budget. You don’t need to splurge on decorating to give your space a whole new look. Fortunately, there are many easy ways for you to zest up your space that won’t end up breaking the bank. Read on for some tips on how you can live big on a small budge, decor-wise.



1. Use paint

Paint can often be the number one tool that can easily transform any space – even if you’re on a budget. All it takes is some paint and some elbow work (you can do the painting yourself if you’re trying to keep costs down) to change up the feel and vibe of any room. 

The paint options and paint design you can choose from are endless. Imagine painting a small bathroom a funky color, or painting a pattern on your ceilings, or painting a bi-color wall, or even adding a feature wall. No matter on the colors or design you choose to paint on your walls, it’s sure to give your space an instant transformation.

2. Repurpose old items

Don’t feel like you need to shop at expensive furniture or antique stores to get a piece that is truly worthy of you space. Sometimes, the best places to find treasured pieces is from your past. 

Look through what your parents, grandparents, or relatives, have in their inventory or in storage. You never know, sometimes they might be willing to part with certain items that they feel that they no longer need. This is a plus for you, as not only will you be getting some new (well, new-to-you), these pieces will be filled with family history!

3. Embellish existing pieces

Sometimes, we all have those plain and standard-looking, non-descript pieces in our home. Well, it doesn’t mean that it has to always say that way. Up your decorating ante by embellishing the pieces that you already have.

Look for new ways to interpret existing pieces of décor. Sometimes, all it takes is the addition of a little detail or flourish to breathe new life to those pieces. For example, you can consider adding trim to old curtains, embellish existing cushion covers with beadwork, or even just add a new layer of wood trim to old pieces of furniture.

4. Reuse in a new way

As they say, what’s old can be new again. Another easy trick to jazz up your space is to use things that you already have in a completely new way. A nice wooden stool can be turned into a chic bedside table. Jewelry can be displayed on peg boards. Old china can be turned into art pieces. The options are endless.

5. Rearrange your furniture

Layout is another way for you to freshen up your space – and it doesn’t require any new pieces to boot. Rearrange your furniture when you start feeling bored with your space layout. You can even consider switching around pieces from room to room to give old pieces a new place in your space. 

Don’t just stop at furniture either. Artwork and accessories can be moved and shuffled around as well. This is a totally free way to satisfy your cravings for something new without impacting your wallet. 

6. DIY artwork

What you put on your walls is almost as important as what you put in your space. Artwork can be expensive to acquire, and cheaper options are usually standard pieces that you find in almost every home. Who wants to be just another fish in the sea?

Instead of splurging for expensive artwork, or scrimping by making do with something standard, why not try to make your own art? All it takes is a bit of creative flair and some nice art frames. If you have children, you can even display their artwork by framing it and switching them out as their talents develop. The idea that artwork is expensive is a myth.

7. Visit a thrift store

Thrift stores and second-hand shops have come a long way from what they used to be perceived as. They can be good places to scour for some unique and interesting items to add to your collection. Although it might take a little bit of work and scouring, imagine the satisfaction you get from bagging a great find – there’s even a good story in there too! 

However, when it comes to thrift store-acquired pieces, you will need to put in some love and care to get them back to their full potential. Some items may require some upcycling, such as some new hardware, new upholstery, a fresh coat of paint or stain, etc. In the long run, however, this will end up saving you some money while still being able to impart character and personality to your space.

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