Everyone wants to have a high-end home, but then budget constraints limit many homeowners’ décor options. What many people don’t know, however, is that having a tight decorating budget (or no budget at all) doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot give your home the high-end look you’ve always fantasized about. Here are 10 ways of transforming your home into an elegant paradise without having to break the bank:
1. DIY painting
If your walls are washed out or their color patterns are unappealing and outdated, just buy some paint and check out a painting DIY tutorial on how to paint drab walls. Painting outdated is a simple home remodeling move that will rearrange your reality and leave your home looking fresher and cozier. If you are unsure whether to paint water-based or oil-based paints, you can always consult a professional painter at a small fee, or even for free.
2. Add some lampshades
The power of lampshades in bringing out the best in a lighting system is often overlooked. We all know that sufficient lighting makes a room look bigger and brighter, but not many people appreciate the fact that with proper organization, lighting appliances can make a home look dramatically different, unique, and stylish. If you have lampshades all around the home, it is time to put them to better use: Place one lampshade in every corner of the living room, and then have one unique lampshade at the computer desk. You won’t believe the raw transformation.
3. Rearrange your furniture
Furniture can either act as barriers or as your living room’s focal point. Whether it is sofas, tables, or unassembled cabinets, you will greatly transform the look and feel of your living area by simply moving that couch you’ve positioned near the door to the opposite wall. Make the TV the first thing someone sees upon setting foot in your living room or organize the dining area in such a way that guests see your selected focal point, say the picture wall. Properly organized furniture makes a room look inviting and classy.
4. Work with pillows
Pillows will spice up the color in your home and bring in elegance. They also add comfort levels in the living room as well as the bedrooms. Nothing beats the coziness of large, soft sofas.
5. Change the rug
Improve your home’s warmth with a new rug. The quality and color of your rug will define your personality and give guests something to talk about once they leave. Rugs are also great at redefining spaces with beautiful and unique patterns, not mentioning how inexpensive they are.
6. Bring in flowers
Flowers and green plants, in general, are great in bringing in their utter outdoor beauty to your indoors. Be careful not to bring in too many flowers though. If you already have flowers, invigorate their growth or control their size (whichever works for you) in order to maintain them within sensible sizes. If your house does not have much lightening or you plants are placed in areas that are not exposed too much sunlight, make sure to install some LED Growing Lights which will replace the outside lighting and enable the growth of your flowers.
You will pull this off with a budget of $20 or less. It is definitely the most inexpensive method of upscaling the outlook of your home. The furniture might look beaten and old when too much dust accumulates on them, the same case with the rugs. Dust and vacuum them regularly. Clean your windows to let in more light. Clean the exterior walls to rid them of elements of weather. Remove all the clutter.
8. Decorate the fridge
The fridge is probably the focal point of your kitchen. Give it a makeover and you will be surprised by how modern your kitchen will suddenly appear. You can decorate it with spray paint.
9. Buy second hand
If your furniture is too old and you are on a tight budget, you don’t have to freak out at the hefty prices on almost every item in the furniture store or showroom. You can always acquire secondhand furniture at half the price of a brand new, if not cheaper.
10. Add a statement wall
Paint one wall with a unique color- your favorite color- or install flowery wallpaper. That will not take much of your time or money, yet it will leave your design looking richer and more dynamic.
Transforming your home on a budget requires you to plan well in advance and to experiment with different décor items and different designs until you get it. One project can bring the needed transformation, sometimes you will need to merge several of our ideas above, but the sure thing is that you will eventually have the home of your dream with as little as $500 or less.