We’ve all been spending more time at home lately. After a while, looking at the same thing every day starts to get old. Many of us are ready for a change. Yet, with inflation hitting furniture prices of late, many people are finding it harder to decorate at a reasonable cost. Household furnishings and supplies were up 10.6% this summer compared with last, according to the consumer price index. These days, there are plenty of practical, inexpensive ways you can revamp and improve the look of your home without breaking the bank.
Change It Up
One of the best ways to spruce up a room is to change up the furniture. But you don’t have to drop thousands of dollars on new furniture to improve the look of a room. Simply rearranging your furniture can give your house a fresh, new look without costing money. When you’re rearranging a room, consider the focal point of the room first. This might be your TV, fireplace, or a window seat. Next, place your biggest pieces of furniture—rugs, coffee tables, and sofas—around this focal point.
You want to draw attention to the focal points, keep the seating practical, and set up a natural flow to the room. Don’t forget to check the walkways. Finally, arrange lamps, smaller tables, and any accent pieces. The key to a great furniture arrangement is finding the balance between practicality and creativity. While you want your room to look new and unique, you can’t sacrifice usability.
It’s All In The Details
Sometimes the smallest changes in a room can make the biggest impact. And, if you’re decorating on a budget, then that matters. Look around your home for the tiny details you can change. Add lighting with new lamps; you can find fun pieces at thrift stores or consignment shops. Or change up your lamp shades to change the way light flows through the room.
Upgrading faucets to fancier options, replacing small appliances, or changing out door knobs can elevate the look of your home. You can also add unique decorative pieces that will attract attention and start conversations, like vases, plants, candle holders, or figurines.
The Power Of Paint
When decorating on a budget, sometimes the answer to a fresh look is as simple as a new coat of paint. Bringing a new color or texture is an affordable way to give a room new life. Add an accent wall, or consider using different paint techniques to give a room a distinctive look. Different painting styles can even transform the look of a room. Lighter colors make walls appear higher, and dark ceilings make rooms seem wider. Also, paint isn’t just reserved for walls. Turn an old, drab piece of furniture into something new and chic with a coat of chalkboard paint or a pop of fun color. The best part of painting is that you can always redo it, so don’t be intimidated to try something new or bold.