You’ll often hear people say things like, “I have an eye for design, but simply don’t have enough money to decorate my house the way I wish I could.” While there’s some merit to this statement (furniture and decorations can be expensive), you don’t have to purchase designer pieces to achieve the look you want.
Giving your home a makeover is all about being resourceful and strategic. Let’s take a look at a handful of budget-friendly makeover tips to get you pointed in the right direction.
1. Use Free Digital Software
Here’s a tip that most people don’t know about. Are you aware that there are many different online home design software programs available? And most of them are free! This list provides descriptions and links for all of the different options, but the top selections include Home Stratosphere’s Interior Design Software, DreamPlan Home Design Software, Room Styler, and Room Sketcher.
These programs let you build rooms using 2D and 3D tools and then allow you to decorate these rooms with different furniture arrangements, floor materials, paint colors, architectural features, and other design elements. They are super intuitive and incredibly helpful – especially if you’re doing a major redesign.
2. Create a Gallery Wall
One of the hottest trends right now involves gallery walls – especially if you’re working with limited wall space. A gallery wall is essentially a large – somewhat organized – group of picture frames and wall art that creates a unique and definitive statement. Think of it like a collage for your picture frames. Here’s a good article on how to create a gallery wall on a budget. Using IKEA frames and prints you already have, an entire, professional-looking wall can be created for just a couple hundred bucks.
3. Replace Outdated Hardware
One of the most cost effective things you can do is replace existing hardware with new hardware. This is especially true in the kitchen, where fresh hardware can totally transform outdated cabinets. And the good news is that you can purchase hardware pretty cheaply, depending on where you look. Overstock and contractor surplus stores often have good deals – but you may have to mix and match.
4. Rearrange the Furniture
OK, here’s a tip that won’t cost you a dime (though it may leave you with a sore back in the morning). Try rearranging your furniture to give your home a new look. Start with the living room. Is it possible to move the TV to the opposite wall and then situate the sofas and chairs in a unique fashion? You’d be surprised how different a room can look with a clever switch. The bedroom is also a prime candidate for rearranging.
5. Install New Light Fixtures
While you may not spend a lot of time thinking about your home’s light fixtures, they actually have a profound impact on your overall design. Not only do they create high focal points, but the light they give off can create a unique ambiance. You should also consider installing a dimmer switch in bedrooms, bathrooms, and dining rooms – as they provide a unique mood.
Light fixtures can be expensive, so be patient. Start by considering whether you want practical or decorative lighting and then narrow your options down based on style (recessed, pendant, etc.). You’ll know when you’ve found the right one.
Invest in a (Budget Friendly) Makeover
With some creativity, resourcefulness, and a small budget, you can completely transform the look of your home. Leverage the tips referenced in this article and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A home makeover doesn’t have to be expensive and outlandish. Sometimes the best makeover is the one that’s subtle and fresh.
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