- Chapter 1 A Few Decorating Budget Tips to Get You Started
- Chapter 2 How to Decorate a Living Room on a Budget
- Chapter 3 Ways to Decorate a Dining Room When Your Budget is Tight
- Chapter 4 Some Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget
- Chapter 5 A Few Helpful Tips for Redecorating Your Bathroom When on a Budget
- Chapter 6 Some Tips on Redecorating the Master Bedroom When Finances Are Tight
- Chapter 7 How to Decorate the Nursery When Your Budget is Small
- Chapter 8 A Few Ways for Decorating a Child’s Bedroom When on a Budget
- Chapter 9 How to Decorate a Teenager’s Room When You Have Budget Constraints
Hi, fellow home decorator.
First, let me thank you for purchasing this exciting new guide on how to decorate your home on a budget. I really appreciate that.
For anybody, decorating on a budget can be a challenge, but it also can be very rewarding. It will also teach you how to showcase your home. In this book, we will provide great ideas and tips for decorating various rooms within your home without going over budget.
Just by adding a few small, but creative and decorative details, you can make any home look like a million dollars. As long as you approach your decorating on a budget creatively, it should not only save you money, but will be fun also.
If you want to create the perfect look for your home, and you are on a budget, then you need to get creative. It is not impossible to design a new look for any room in the home on a shoestring. So as long as you are willing to invest your time and energy, then you should be able to make a room go from plain to perfect in no time at all.
As already mentioned above, decorating on a budget can be fun. So instead of looking at the more expensive items that are available, why not instead start looking at their inexpensive counterparts. There are plenty of companies around which offer items that look as good as the more expensive items for the home, at half the price.
The real test for anyone who is decorating on a budget is their ability to take an inexpensive item, and then be able to camouflage its real value. So what they should be able to do is make a $10 item look like a $100 item instead. This can certainly be achieved, all it requires is a little patience, and a little decorating know how.
However, when decorating on a budget, it does not mean that you have to cut down on the quality of everything that you want. Not only can decorating on a budget be fun, but if creatively undertaken, it can also be done with flair and style.
It is important when doing any decorating on a budget that you have a plan. So you need to know what furniture you need (if any). What color scheme do you want for each room? What style do you want? By doing this, you will not waste time and money in purchasing things that you do not need, and also that you do not like.
In fact, budget decorating is all about knowing what is a good deal and what isn’t.
So why not give it a try, and as long as you make your decorating on a budget fun and enjoyable, you will find that it can be done.
So that is why we still start immediately with the first chapter of this guide.
Chapter 1 – A Few Decorating Budget Tips to Get You Started
The first thing you should remember when decorating is that there are no rules except those that you set for yourself. However, having a plan is always a good idea and will help you to keep on budget.
Below are a provided a number of tips that will help you get started.
1. Trust yourself
Remember, you will know more about what looks good for your home than you think.
2. Focal Points
Select the most important element in a room, say a fireplace, and make this the focal point. Then place furnishings and objects around it to draw a person’s eye towards it. You could, if you want, direct the person’s eye towards, say, a window, which then directs them to look outside into the garden.
Provide each room with a theme. You may just decide on a color, or it may be a particular style, say French Country or Italian Tuscany, for say the kitchen. Doing this will give you a starting point, and will help to guide you through the decorating stages.
When planning your design, work from the largest area of the room to the smallest. For instance, start with walls, windows, floors, furnishings and then finish with accessories. It is important to remember the larger the decorating surface, the more impact it will have on the finished design.
But the most important thing of all when decorating on a budget is to have fun!
Chapter 2 – How to Decorate a Living Room on a Budget
In this chapter, we will look at a number of different ways to provide a new look to your living room. It may be that you are just starting out in a new home, or that you would like to revive an old tired space, but decorating any room, and especially the living room, can be a real challenge. It can be even more of a challenge when you only have a small budget to work with.
But the biggest hurdle that we face is how to get a look that expresses our unique personality, without spending a fortune. However, by looking at the items you already have in a different way, you should be able to create a cozy family room for almost next to nothing. Below are provided a number of decorating tips which should help to turn a drab living room into a warm and friendly place for everybody to gather.
Paint one wall using your favorite color, and so make this the focal point of the room. Then hang a piece of interesting art on the wall (it could even be something you have made yourself). Next, place a nice piece of furniture on that side of the room to provide even more accent to the wall. If you want to add extra impact to the wall, then why not use a rubber stamping technique? Although it is extremely easy to do, rubber stamping can look very impressive when finished.
2. Use an Area Rug
This is a great way to define a conversation area and look for one which will complement the décor of the room. Rather than lying it straight, put it at an angle underneath your coffee table (if you have one). Or if not, then just place it in a central location where the seating is situated. Why not add some large cushions as well?
3. Pictures & Mirrors
Hang those which most reflect your personality. If you are able to, try frames that are more ornate. Plus, when hanging a mirror, place it in a position where it will reflect either a nice view or an interesting architectural element of the room. Including a mirror in a room also creates the illusion of more space in a room because of the light reflecting off it.
Replace lamps, as these are one thing that will provide clues to your room being outdated. If you are unable to replace the whole lamp, then just consider replacing the lampshade instead.
5. Coffee Table
If your coffee table is looking tired or scratched, then cover it with a small decorative throw rug. Or if you want to be a bit more adventurous, then why not consider tiling the top of it with mosaic tiles or colored glass instead?
6. Rearrange the Furniture
But do not think square; instead, put your furniture at an angle. By doing this you are giving a whole new look to the layout of your room and is much more inexpensive than going out and buying new furniture.
Also, pay attention to the floor space that you have left and use it. You could actually get some scatter cushions and use these as additional seating. It will provide your living room with a much more relaxed atmosphere.
Use plants to add freshness and impact to the décor of your room, and if placed strategically, will hide any ugly flaws in a room.
Finally, if you do not need it, then remove it. You can either donate it to your local charity or ask a family member or friend if they could use it. By de-cluttering space, you will not only be providing yourself with more room, but you will also be gaining a whole new look.