Beautiful spaces on a budget are definitely possible, they just take a little time and a little knowledge. Armed with these two things you can create something that looks amazing for much less than you would expect. I have learned a few tricks when making sure that I stay on budget, no matter how tight and I have included some of my methods here.
Plan, Plan, Plan
I cant stress enough how important it is to have a plan before you start any decorating or renovation project. If you haven’t read my post on planning you can find it here, it really is the best way to stay on budget.
Look at what you already have
Before you start shopping look closely at what you already have, but don’t restrict yourself to searching the room you are changing. Check the rest of the house, the basement, the garage, look everywhere, you may just fall back in love with a something you already own when it finds its proper home.
Make budget pieces look expensive
Search “pottery barn knockoff” on Pinterest and you run the risk of spending the rest of the day wandering down a Pinterest hole. Similarly spend a little time on sites like IKEA hackers and you can find yourself losing hours. My point here is that if are prepared to spend a little time and effort you can create beautiful pieces at a fraction of the price of the originals.
Learn to love used
Whether it’s kijiji, craigslist, the Restore or a small consignment stores, wandering through them can save you hundreds. Be prepared to make some changes, be it paint, upholstery, or a completely re-purpose. You will end up with gorgeous, one of a kind pieces and your project can stay on budget.
Embrace your inner DIY lover
If you can google it you can find instructions on how to do it. But do be smart about your DIY, if you’ve never picked up a hammer don’t attempt to build a room. Start off small and build your skills and confidence (excuse the pun) you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get the hang of things.
Create your own artwork
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all paint gorgeous artwork, or create all the beautiful artwork we see on pinterest. If you are a talented person who can, fantastic, but if you are like me and end up hating what you create then fear not. I read recently that there have been more photographs taken in the past year than in all the years since photography was created. We have a tendency to document the minutiae of our lives because we can, so put all those pictures to good use. The photograph in the featured image at the beginning of this post is one that I took a few winters ago and i used used it to give you an idea of how you can use all the photographs you probably already have. Create gallery walls, have your favorite shots mounted on canvas, there are so many options.
Think outside the box
Love the look of sweater pillows but not the hefty price tag? Check your local salvation army store and turn a $6.00 sweater into the cozy cushion of your dreams. Pillows are not the only thing that you can use re-purposed items for. Let your imagination wander and you will be amazed at what you come up with.
Designing your space should be a fun experience and nothing sucks the fun out of something more than worrying about money. Plan well and put a little time and effort into your decor search and you will be surprised at how much you can achieve on very little.