Whether you’re recently moved to a new house, or you just need a change in your current home, you may feel a bit intimidated if you’re thinking about redecorating. Not only can it be a stressful experience, but budgets can quickly be blown, making the whole process less fun than you imagined.
Here are some ways you can redecorate your home without blowing your budget:
Before you begin redecorating, it’s crucial that you think about what it is you actually want for your home. Are you thinking about selling the property in a few years, or will this be your “forever home” where you raise your family and make all of your memories?
If you’re new to redecorating, you may not even know which styles you like, the themes you want to incorporate, and the colours you prefer. Spend some time reading home decorating magazines, browsing blogs and websites such as Pinterest, and watching reality TV shows about decorating and design to learn the basics and make an outline of how you want each room to look.
These days, doing it yourself is one of the best ways to stay on top of trends and keep within your budget. Using simple budget apps online can make the process easier than ever. Pinterest is also great for this, and there are so many magazines, blogs and TV programs that can teach you how to roll up your sleeves and make your home your own.
Head to garage sales and thrift shops and find furniture that has potential and take a class that will teach you how to resurface and refurbish these pieces to make them shine.
Think about bedrooms
Bedrooms are often where we spend the majority of our time, which is why it’s important that they feel spacious, welcoming and warm, and represent our style and personalities. Think carefully about the colours you want to use here, and if you want them to be soothing and calm or energetic and creative.
It’s easy to save money here by buying bedroom furniture online, and you can use the money saved to invest in some gorgeous wallpaper, fancy paint or even some really nice curtains or a bedspread.
Listen to suggestions
If you’re new to decorating, it can sometimes be worth hiring an interior decorator just for an hour or two to get some advice. While this many seem like an expensive way to go, you’re likely to find that you actually end up saving money, since you won’t be throwing in furniture and accessories willy-nilly, and then deciding you hate it and need to decorate again in a few years.
Get the whole family talking
If you have a significant other and/or kids, it’s likely that they’ll want to be involved, which is good because it’ll make it less stressful for you and make everyone feel like they’ve had some say in how the house looks. Have a few family meetings and write down suggestions about colours, fabric and how each room will look.