You don’t have to compromise on style if your budget doesn’t let you spend thousands of pounds on its design. Relying on creative ideas rather than vast financial resources you can transform your home with big style on a shoestring budget. Here are some tips on how to take your budget far and make your home look chic rather than cheap.
Plan of Action
It can be easy with all your creative ideas flowing freely around your mind to just dive in head first. But, when you are finished, you may be over budget with many of your ideas left unfulfilled. Your first call of action should be to determine your budget for the project. After seeing what money you can allocate to styling your home, do a tally of some estimate costs for the project. If the costs outweigh what you can bring to the table, you can always look into your credit report and see where you may be able to apply for credit and loans. To get your credit check, view site and get the ball rolling.
If you would prefer cutting down costs, there are some great ways to let you successfully complete the project on budget. Here are the best creative tips:
A lick of paint can go a long way
You will be surprised at how simply repainting the walls, ceiling or floors of your house can give the room a much needed facelift and even give the space a completely different ambience. Whilst not using price as a measure of quality, when repainting your bathroom or kitchen make sure to purchase durable paints that are mould resistant. Make sure to test out the paint on different sections of the room as it will appear differently in direct sunlight, room lighting and the evening. Before choosing your shade, view your favourite swatches during the day and night under the light in the room that you intend to paint.
Furniture makeover and creativity
It is not only your walls, floors and ceiling that can benefit from a lick of paint. Old and tired wooden furniture, such as chairs, can also be transformed with a new lick of paint and a new hue. Look at the current styles in the luxury shops and as fashion usually comes back around, don’t be surprised if you see your old chair in a luxury furniture shop window. Recreate the look and even add your own personal design touch to set it out from the rest. If during your styling process, you decide to change all the old door handles, re-use the vintage door handles as coat hooks near to your front door to create a chic and quirky feature.
Memories on the wall
If you are quite the collector of memorabilia or other collectables from your holidays, don’t just leave them in a box! You can frame them, and we’re not just talking about photographs or paintings. For example, if you bought traditional and ethnic skirts whilst on your travels, put it in a frame and add a personal and interesting talking point to your room. For added chic, turn your photographs into black and white, sepia or Polaroid affect with programmes such as Instagram. You can make your own art and match it to the style of your chic room and you also get to boast when someone compliments the photograph on the wall and asks which artist you bought it from.
If you fancy a change from painted walls, add that chic feel with a patterned panel that will add glamour and the impression of an elongated space. To create your pattern you could use a panel of wall stickers, stencils or wallpaper and make your very own chic, wall feature. Use catalogues or your favourite design from a fabric to inspire you as you set about creating a patterned wall. If however, you aren’t necessarily artistically gifted with stencilling, for a chic feature such as a patterned wall, you should have at least one splash-out feature in each room. These small luxuries will add to the overall look of your chic styled home with little evidence on having done so on a budget.
With antique shops, e-commerce websites such as eBay and car boot sales, there are bargains ready to be snapped up everywhere which you can then put your chic touch onto. Take a systematic approach, as some rooms may take longer than others to complete. However, always keep in mind your budget at all times and continue to look for ways to for ways to achieve your desired look for a fraction of the price.
And if you’re looking for help with your decorating, or need some advice and guidance with a room makeover, don’t forget my newly launched business Love Chic Living Consults, an online design inspiration service. Drop me a line if you’d like to know more!
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