There’s one problem decorating on a budget – get it wrong, it looks cheap! We will show you how to avoid that in this post – So you’ve sprung forward, done your cleaning, and now you want to make your home decor match your fresh, outlook? But perhaps you haven’t got an abundance of cash to blow on all new designer duds for your rooms. Interior designers and buyers, say you don’t have to spend a lot to get a look that makes you feel like a decor fasionista. I agree just take a look at the image below, this cost just £300 to achieve all the fancy shelving and including all paints. the furniture of course separate issue.
Making Simple Changes Makes a Big Impact
There are several, simple changes you can make to your rooms to transition from the winter decorating to an airy, light spring look. You certainly want to maximise your budget, no matter how much you have to spend, and one secret to success is shopping diversely. Grand decorating ideas can be made on a budget – more is always better – but getting the most of a small budget will produce better than a good budget with no plan.Go to the thrift stores, consignment shops, as well as bigger chain stores that have great deals, like Marshall’s. A few new touches will make a big difference, so don’t feel you need to go overboard to make a big impression. Here’s an example of a cheap storage touch that makes a big difference.
Katie Winnington, a buyer and interior designer says you want to look at the differences between spring and winter collections, “Winter is about rich fabrics and neutral colours, while Spring is all about bright colours, and floral prints. White is always my go-to colour for spring.” Katie says if you are into do-it-yourself projects, that a coat of white paint on older furniture is the best way to brighten up your home and make older furniture new again.
Living room decorating on a budget
Looking around a home, the living room is a great place to start, as it generally gets a lot of traffic. Couches are usually a focal point in the room, so you can pack up winter pillows, and get some nice floral throw pillows to brighten the sitting area. Big, bold floral prints are “in” this season, and Target is carrying the new “Liberty of London” collection, which includes affordable floral print throw pillows in several varieties. Ordering on-line also saves time and money.
Nancy, a furniture store owner who has been in business for 20 years says that in the living room, “Little, colourful lamps are really in style right now, and you can find them as cheap as $20.” These make a big difference in dressing up a space, and are generally easy to coordinate to other items in the room, such as throw pillows.
As for your windows, you can make small changes that yield big results, says Lynne Massey, Interior Designer for Interior Savvy, “Less is more with windows; I suggest light and airy sheers, which let the light in but still give you privacy. Also, monochromatic rooms are very in, which means tone on tone colours, such beige and white together for a crisp look.”
Decorating on a budget – bedroom transformations
In the bedroom, it’s fun to spruce things up for spring with a fresh duvet cover. It’s something that you can use seasonally every year, so it’s a great investment. There are a ton of stores that carry duvet covers, so no matter what your budget is, you’ll be able to find something to suit your personal style, and your wallet. One of the best places to find duvet covers for the bedroom is at Marshall’s. They have a multitude of covers to choose from by various designers, and they range from $30-100.
If you want to kick it up a notch, Katie suggests a different kind of slip cover. “Slip covers are available for headboards too, and you can find those at the Pottery Barn, and they are reasonably priced” only one catch, she warns, “Make sure you measure your headboard before you buy because these designs will be more unique to the shape of your bed.” This might be a little rough for some tastes but we are talking less than fifty quid to achieve something like this and it’s a good idea if you have pets for decor – you won’t lose a lot.
It’s not exactly vintage decoration but it is cosy. I could see myself doing this as some type of low budget challenge. I’d be inclined to cover up the pallets, make a cloth material. If you like this post, I am sure you’ll like my post on saving money with menu planning too.
Impress people with lasting trends
From do-it-yourself, to great finds in your local thrift store, to the bigger chain stores where you can find trendy treasures, there are lots of ways to transform your spaces, and make them as bright as your spring outlook! You don’t have to be an interior decorator to make a big impression, and you can do it on a budget. Spring is about change and rebirth, and while getting throw pillows, duvets, and new table cloths won’t change you’re life, it is sure a great place to start.
As for your new home wears being in style next year? Katie says, you shouldn’t worry, “Typically furniture fashions lag behind clothing fashion. Waverly and floral prints are really big now, and you can expect to get about 2-3 years out of this and other current trends.”