Doing up your home can be really expensive. I’m sure most of us can come up with a long list of home renovations and projects that we’d love to tackle, but in reality, we all need to analyse the cost and prioritise our plans. I would love to re-lay the lawn in our back garden, put up some new fencing and have a new side path but these projects tend to cost quite a bit so I’m saving up. Our loft conversion has been in the pipeline for almost a decade, most of the time out of financial reach, and it’s only now that we’ve saved enough to be able to go ahead.
So, how can we save money decorating? How can we find ways to keep the cost of our interior design down? Well here are some tips that I’ve found useful and a few resources that should be helpful to you.
Make a Plan:
Always make a plan, both of your design and your budget, and stick to it. Use tools such as Polyvore, Pinterest and magazines to help your research, and know how much you have to spend. Don’t veer away from this.
Decluttering is the easiest way to help your home feel brand new. Clear out the mess, and have 3 bags at the ready, one for the charity, one for eBay and one for recycling. It will help you see your home with fresh eyes and inspire you further. There are lots of ideas on my Home Bloggers Pinterest board.
You don’t always have to buy new pieces for a room. I often clear all the accessories out of several rooms and put them in a pile on the dining table. Then start grouping things in 3’s or 5’s and display them in different places. Doing this with soft furnishings, or even furniture can give your home a completely new lease of life. And it costs nothing.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know I love a little bit of upcycling. Take an old, maybe redundant piece and breathe new life into it. In most cases turn it into something else. Family Budgeting has some great ideas on how make upcycled noticeboards for example, or check out Thrifty Home’s ideas on what do with old teacups.
Do It Yourself
Teach yourself some DIY and save hundreds in labour costs. It’s really not that difficult and there are lots of tutorials if you search for them. How about making some home interiors from old pallets – still the most popular post on my blog.
Find like minded people and share your skills. We are in a community group just like this and it saves us so much money. We share our technical IT knowledge and in exchange can buy plumbing, gardening and lots more. If you don’t have one near you, why not set one up yourself.
Visit Jen Stanbrook’s profile on Pinterest.
If you’re short on ideas on how to save money decorating searching Pinterest will give you an incredible amount of inspiration. It’s a great way to build together your ideas too. Come and follow me to start with, and then get searching.
Blogs, like this one hopefully, can be rich in ideas and suggestions. For example, check out this post for ideas on improving an outside space on a budget, or this one for inspiration on doing up your kitchen on a budget.
From time to time you really do have to actually spend some money though, and for this I always try to use sites like VoucherBin UK. They have a great list of real-time deals, sales and vouchers giving you great savings, particularly from their Home & Garden section.
Sign up for online newsletters as many of them will let you know about upcoming sales a day or two early. It might fill up your inbox a little but keep them organised and you’ll really save yourself some money.
Competitions and Giveaways
Many companies run these now as a way of gathering support, but they’re also a great way to bag yourself a few deals. You can always sign up to the Love Chic Living newsletter ready for my great prizes, or check out Super Lucky (who is one of the biggest winners in the UK and a very lovely lady too) for all of her advice and tips.
Need to paint the walls? Get some friends round for a painting party. All you need to do is provide the snacks and drinks, arguably cheaper than hiring a painter and decorator. Just keep the drinks alcohol free if you want them to paint within the lines.
Don’t have hundreds to splash out on expensive wall art? Not a problem. There are so many inexpensive ways to create interesting wall displays, from drawing with sharpies, framing old pieces of wallpaper, decorating clipboards, make kids’ bedroom wall art or even create your own instagram picture wall. The possibilities are endless.
We often have so much left over paint, so why not think about mixing them to make your own colour, or using smaller amounts on furniture projects.
Now I might not always say this because trends change costing you money. But there are some trends which are easy to adopt and make your home feel a million dollars. How about the trend for succulent plants for example. Easy, cheap and straightforward and you won’t feel too disappointed if the trend moves on.
Second Hand Love
Car boots, eBay, Gumtree, Preloved and FB swap pages are great ways to find a bargain. Someone elses junk can be your treasure. It’s a great way to find pieces for upcycling or DIY projects, and great for the environment too. It’s not always about buying new.
What tips do you have to save money decorating?
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