Tips For Decorating On A Budget

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Redecorate your space

Looking to update your home without it costing you an enormous amount of money.  You don’t have to have a huge budget to get upgrades done to your house, condo or apartment.

Budget friendly updates in home decor can be as simple as changing an area rug, or the colours of the pillows.  Let’s get started with a few tips I’ve put together to help bring out the creative you.

Decorating Ideas You Can Afford

Taking the first step in deciding where to begin with home improvements and upgrades is never easy.  I recommend if you are on a budget to tackle one room or project at a time.  Each room comes with it’s own unique expense.  For example a total  kitchen upgrade will cost you more than simply painting a room.  So the first decision you need to make aside from how much you are going to spend is decide on which room you want to upgrade the most and if it fits the budget you start planning.

Tips on Saving Money for Home Decorating

To help get you started with saving money for home decorating I’ve put together these tips.  They will be your guide to getting the new look for your space while saving you money.

Tip 1:  Start with Cleaning & Decluttering –  Yes we’ve all got boxes and closets that are full to the brim of things we don’t use or wear any longer.  Why not consider decluttering.  Decluttering a room can be stressing to get started but once it is done you’ll have a feeling of having more space.

Start with getting rid of clothing you haven’t used or worn for at least 2 years. Place them into boxes and consider donating them to one of our local Ottawa Thrift Stores like St. Vincent De Paul .

Depending on which room you are updating, you may even have furniture, appliances, and other household items that either you no longer have use for or your budget allows you to replace them with new modern ones.  Consider donating these as well.

furniture and appliances for home decorating

Tip 2: Painting – If there’s one affordable way to update any room in your house it would have to be painting.  Adding a fresh paint colour to any room brings new life to any home decor.  With huge selections of colours to choose from from any paint manufacturer.  I personally always like the  Benjamin Moore Paints

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Painting is an affordable upgrade to the interior of your house

Painting yourself as a DIY project will save you money.  All you need to do is purchase the paint.  If your budget allows you to hire a professional painting company then the extra splurge will be worth it.

If you’ve never painted before and are looking for advice I found some useful How To  tips that may help get you started.

How To Paint the Interior of A House

Proper planning of your time, supplies and materials you will need to tackle your DIY house painting is crucial before getting started. The following are tips, steps in how to and advice of what you will need and how to plan.

Transform your space with these tips on “how to paint the interior of a house”.

If you are unsure of paint colours and how to choose them and which paint finishes or sheens to select I found these two articles to help guide you.

What is a Paint Sheen or Finish

How to Pick the Right Paint

From patching to repairing any drywall damage, to whether you should prime before painting read the “Interior House Painting Tips”  in the link below.  These tips are from a professional painter

You’ll find more useful tips and advice from a professional painter on their blog posts 

If you are going to go ahead and do the painting yourself then you should know “how to prepare a room for painting”.  There are steps that need to be followed in order for you to get the best quality results in doing your own house painting.

If you are looking for useful tips in video format check out the DIY network video with tips on preparation before painting

Wallpaper is making a come back in home decor.  Wallpapering is yet another budget friendly option to update a room.  If you are installing it make sure to ask the friendly staff at any local Ottawa store on how to or you can find it anywhere on the internet too.  If you are removing the wallpaper  then you should take note of steps to removing it and repairing the drywall before painting in order to have a perfect smooth painted finish.  

Tips from Better Homes and Garden on “How To Wallpaper a Room”

Tip 3 Add in the Accessories – Now if you are on a very limited budget and cannot go ahead with some of the upgrades mentioned above then something as easy as changing the pillows on your sofa, adding in a new lamp, hanging a new picture, changing an area rug, a new bed comforter are all great ideas on changing up the look to your space.  They are not as expensive as changing the entire flooring, kitchen cabinets, or bathroom vanities.
Even if your budget doesn’t currently allow you to get the painting done then changing up the accessories will allow you to add that punch of new colour and give you a feeling of a fresh new home decor look.

I hope you’ve found these few tips to be useful. Please share if you did.

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