Sticking to a budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on style. Whether you’re an avid lover of Hamptons coastal luxury, industrial-chic, homestead homes or contemporary minimalism, there are plenty of ways you can create a beautiful and stylish home without spending a fortune.
- Someone else’s trash may be your treasure
The stigma of purchasing items second-hand is a thing of the past. When you can give a helping-hand to the environment by preventing perfectly good items being sent to landfill and save some money at the same time, what’s not to love?
In fact, the second-hand market is booming globally and there are plenty of online marketplaces where you can source good quality used furniture and decorative pieces for a fraction of what you’d pay if purchasing them new.
It’s also worth paying a visit to your local thrift store in search of some unique, antique or interesting items you wouldn’t find anywhere else. You never know what you may come across!
- Get painting
Paint is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to transform a space.
The cost of hiring trades to complete the work for you is often one of the largest costs when updating your home, so as one of the few trades that are relatively simple to do yourself without needing to hire a professional, painting can be a budget-winner.
You will need to invest in some basic equipment and have some spare time up your sleeve, but you’ll be able to reap the benefits once you’re finished. Rather than painting an entire room, you can even save some extra cash by painting a single wall or door which will become a statement feature in the space.
- Update your fittings and fixtures
Outdated cabinetry can be a major offender dragging down the overall look of your home, but can be very expensive to replace entirely (particularly if a DIY flat-pack system isn’t suitable).
Rather than entirely replacing your old cabinetry, consider if you can give them new life simply by replacing the cabinet doors or old-fashioned hardware with something more fitting with your preferred style. You can usually source new cabinet handles for a good price at your local hardware store, or you could even try shopping around online.
- DIY artwork
Purchasing original artwork is beyond the limitations of most peoples’ budgets, but there are some more affordable alternatives that can be just as effective and can even add a little personality.
A good place to start is by framing some favourites from your children’s pre-school artwork portfolio, or even having a go at creating your own signature pieces—if you’re not a talented artist, the abstract look is the key to successfully pulling off this strategy!
Alternatively, you could also try cutting out interesting photography or art from old calendars or searching online to see if you can download any royalty-free artwork which you can print and frame yourself for a fraction of the price of purchasing a framed print.
- Update your soft furnishings
Soft furnishings are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to update the look of your home to suit the latest trends and styles.
With plenty of home and interiors retailers offering a wide selection of current-season pieces, you don’t have to spend a lot to make a big impact. By simply updating your bed spread, a few scatter cushions and a new throw rug for your sofa to snuggle up with on a cool evening, you can easily introduce new colours and textured to your home, while also adding to the sense of luxury.