We all want to have a lovely home that’s beautifully designed, but unfortunately, interior designers don’t come cheap. That doesn’t mean their ideas can’t be. Buying a new home is a joyous occasion, but it’s also an expensive one.
You might discover that after covering the deposit, there’s nothing much left, which means that you need to get creative with your interior design and how you go about refurbishing and decorating your home on a budget. Thankfully, there are things you can do that don’t cost you a lot of money, but that look beautiful and expensive. Cheap and cheerful is the way to go!
You’ve probably seen those beautiful images on Pinterest of the stencilled walls with gold accents and incredible, intricate patterns. While they may be exquisite to look at, they’re also incredibly expensive, because stencilling is such a labour-intensive job. However, you don’t need to have an interior designer do it. You don’t even need to purchase a stencil. You can create one by yourself, and then just apply it to your walls in whatever pattern you choose.
You can do just one wall if you want it to act as an accent, or you can just have a border on the top half of the room; that’s very chic, especially if you have high ceilings. Alternatively, you can also do all four walls if you like, and space the stencil however you want.
Tip: Sometimes, it’s better to leave a little room between them and space the patterns out a bit to let them breathe. That will prevent the pattern from making the room feel crowded.
Bright-coloured sofas and armchairs are extremely popular, especially if they’re velvet. They can look quite decadent and luxurious, and they’re an excellent way to elevate the look of any room in your house and give it an expensive feel. The problem is that they really are expensive, and sometimes, there just isn’t enough of your budget left for a £700 chair.
Luckily, you can easily achieve the same look and style as the more expensive counterpart at home. All you need is any chair, sofa, or armchair, and you can breathe new life into it by simply changing the upholstery. Go shopping for velvet – or whatever fabric you fancy – in a bright colour that draws the eye such as electric blue or pink, and then simply have the furniture re-upholstered, or create covers. Depending on how handy you are with a sewing machine, you might even be able to make them yourself, if the chair design doesn’t make it particularly difficult.
Tip: If you have a set with a sofa and arm chairs, don’t make them all the same colour – mix and match within the same colour family for a fresh, cool vibe.
Some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture are antiques, and while that means they carry a rich history and aesthetic significance, they are also prohibitively expensive, most of the time. But you still want that vintage-y feel to your space, so what can you do? How do you achieve a shabby-chic vibe that doesn’t break the bank?
You’ll be happy to know that an antique patina is easy to fake. All you need is some paint, sandpaper, and time. Just take your paint and give your piece a good, even coat. Then, start ruining that smooth, perfect finish. Sandpaper around the edges to give it that old, chipped paint look. That will help give dimension to the piece and it will look like it has a rich history behind it.
Tip: White furniture is very in right now, and it can brighten up a room and give it a luminous quality.
As you can see, you don’t need to go broke in order to decorate your new house. You just need to be smart about the techniques you use, pay attention around you to see what’s in fashion, and then see if you can replicate it cheaply, by DIY-ing it, instead of hiring an expensive professional to do it. While not everything can be done on a budget, there are quite a few ideas you can put into practice in your own home.