We all want an exterior that oozes elegance and an interior that’s as beautiful as it is functional. More often than not, however, great designs carry a hefty price tag.
However, you can still spruce up your living space without breaking the bank. All it takes is a little resourcefulness, a lot of creativity, and maybe a touch of ingenuity. Here are some pocket-friendly design ideas that will get you started.
Try moving some of your décor and furniture. An art piece from your bedroom could completely transform a hallway, and some stools from your dining area could offer an entirely new perspective to your kitchen. Shuffling around your décor might not sound like much, but it’s a surefire way to refresh the look and feel of your home.
After rearranging the décor, you might want to replace old furniture and bedding. Fortunately, with the advent of mattress in a box technology, you don’t have to wrestle a bulky mattress up the stairs. You only need to carry a bag and unpack it right next to the bed.
Lighting is the crux of interior design. There are two kinds of lighting, natural and artificial. Redesigning the natural lighting of a house is usually far more involving (and expensive) compared to working on artificial lighting. For this reason, most people tend to gravitate towards artificial lighting.
Artificial light fixtures such as chandeliers can significantly affect the final look of a room. However, new ones don’t come cheap, so try fishing around in flea markets, yard sales, and second-hand stores for good deals and bargains.
In addition to the main lighting, try incorporating some soft accent lighting, which adds understated class to a room. This effect can be achieved by adding a few well-placed lamps and is especially noticeable in the bedrooms, living room, and kitchen.
Walls take up extensive space, and their design potential often ends up underutilized. There are two main options for decorating walls, wallpapers, and paint.
On the one hand, wallpapers are very versatile since they are easily applicable and removable. This could especially come in handy for a kid’s room (if you have kids) since their interests and tastes tend to change as they grow. They aren’t limited to children’s rooms, though; find one with a unique pattern, texture, or abstract, and it can turn any wall to a design statement.
Paint, on the other hand, is usually permanent and tends to last longer than wallpapers. Unlike wallpapers, paint allows you to create any pattern of choice. Let your creativity run wild, and your walls might just turn out to be the next art masterpiece.
Art helps set the color palette of your interior. Try shopping at flea markets or local bazaars for affordable, expressive, and impressive pieces. Hang these on your walls, and guests will be in awe for the entirety of their visit. If you fancy yourself as an artist, create your own pieces, and you’ll have managed to raise the ‘wow factor’ of your interior at almost no cost.
Plants are a great way to make your home stand out. They don’t cost much and can be placed either inside or outside your home.
Artificial plants require almost zero maintenance since they need no watering, pruning, or pest control. Natural plants, on the other hand, require a little more maintenance, since they need pruning, watering, and need to be placed in an area with enough sunlight.
Don’t go crazy with the plant theme, though, since forests aren’t exactly known for their elegance.
By exploiting your creativity and going out of your way to find good bargains, you’ll find that sprucing up your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. While bargain hunting, however, make sure you only get high-quality items, or else your space will end up looking tacky and cheap.