Easy to Execute and Best Money Saving Decor Ideas for your Home
It can be an incredibly expensive process turning a house, no matter how comfortable, into your dream home. The images in your head will frequently come from the pages of a glossy magazine and will include many designer pieces, most of which will be costly and will take time before you will be able to purchase them. Fortunately, there are some alternatives for the budget conscious home owner:
New furniture can be an expensive purchase for any home, but there are places where you can purchase cheaper or even obtain free furniture! It can look just as good as the image you have in your head:
• Ikea – This furniture superstore is often dismissed as only for those with little money. However, the furniture available follows the traditional Swedish values; functional, natural and durable. There are some beautiful pieces to be purchased here with very attractive prices.
• Auction houses and garage sales – If you are prepared to take the time to look at what is on offer, both on the internet and in the local area, you may be amazed at what you can find! Many people sell items for a fraction of their true worth as they simply want the item out of their house. It may need a little restoration but it will be worth it!
• Family Furniture – If you are offered furniture for free from a family member take it! You can repaint items or cover them to lake them work in your home; even if ultimately you replace them with what you really want.
• Doubles – Just because you have two bedside tables or six chairs at your table does not mean they need to match! Pick up items wherever you can, similar size and shape works best but different items can add charm and personality to any room.
• Seats – A new arm chair can be expensive, but you may view it as a necessity for when you have visitors. However, there are alternatives! Poufs, beanbags, huge cushions or even a mini ottoman can all make very effective, budget seats.
Art & Decor
The walls of your home need something on them, preferably something which reflects your personality and tastes. The following tips will help you decorate without blowing your budget:
• Make your own – Pick up a canvas and some paint and a brush. Have a go at making your own art. You may surprise yourself! At the worst, you can chuck it and start again.
• Accessories – If you seriously doubt your ability to produce any sort of painting then use the fashion accessories you already own. Find ornate hooks and hang your favorite bags and scarf up, they will cover the walls creating a statement of your personality and keep your items organized!
• Bookshelves – Instead of hanging items look for large bookshelves, by following the furniture tips above. These will take up the wall space avoiding the need for art. Just be sure to add a few personal ornaments onto some of the shelves. Mementos of holidays and pictures are a good way of filling the shelves and creating a beautiful space in your home.
• Add a touch of class and elegance to your home by having two cocktail glasses on either a coffee table or one of the book shelves, preferably at the top. If you are feeling really brave leave a bottle of your favorite drink in between them.
• The coffee table – Instead of a blank surface consider adding a few personal touches. A pile of magazines and a vase or other ornamental object will be enough to give the room a personal, lived in feel.
By Alfred Stallion and VanessaArbuthnott.co.uk!