This is a post by Ellie Jo about home renovation.
Unfortunately, we don’t always have unlimited funds that we can channel into our home decor projects. However, it’s important to remember that you can still achieve your home decor dreams when working under a budget – you just have to be a little more creative from time to time.
With that in mind, here are some simple and cheap home renovations tips and tricks that can completely transform your home – without draining your bank account in the process.
Focus on durability
When you’re buying supplies to furnish or decorate your home, you may be on the lookout for the cheapest possible products. While this is definitely purse-friendly, it isn’t always the best option.
Cheaper products tend to be less durable and will often not stand the test of time – meaning you’ll spend more money, in the long run, having to replace them more frequently. For example, if you’re looking for new wooden flooring – try to get your hands on engineered wood flooring. Not only does it look great – it is durable, moisture-resistant, and long-lasting.
Consider using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a kids room. It can be an accent wall, or an entire room. Chalk paint gives your children a fun way to write on the walls.
Know when to DIY and when to get help.
When it comes to shaking up your home, DIY can be a great way to reduce costs while ensuring that the vision in your mind matches the final product. It also means that you can make your furniture entirely unique – as you won’t find anything like elsewhere. However, you have to make sure that you bring in the experts from time to time, as there as some projects that you shouldn’t DIY without prior experience or training.
Keep it simple.
Home decor trends are constantly changing – meaning it can be hard to keep up with new styles. A great way in which you can do this, however, is by keeping it simple. Focus on a sleek, sophisticated design that will never go out of style – and that you can switch up on a budget. For example, you can paint your walls white or cream and then brighten them up with artwork, photographs, and prints – switching them as trends alter or your interests change.
Consider buying second-hand.
Another great way in which you can save money when decorating is by buying second-hand items. Whether you try to get the best deal at a garage sale, visit a thrift store, or browse online groups – there are plenty of ways in which you can get your hand on high-quality, preloved items for a fraction of their original price. Where it is not possible to buy second-hand, keep an eye out for sales or discount codes which can sometimes have hundreds of dollars from the asking price.
A pop of color can go a long way.
You can completely change how a room looks by adding a pop of color. This means that you won’t necessarily have to change much else in order to make a real difference. For example, you could bring in a set of bright curtains or blinds, or even repaint a feature wall in your favorite shade. If you live in a rental property and can’t make any lasting changes to a space, consider getting your hands on stick-on wallpaper.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.