Planning to renovate your home but don’t have a big budget? Here are some tips:
1. Create a theme. Before you start, think of a theme for inspiration. Think of colors that will work well together. If you don’t know where to start, you can find ideas from online shelter magazines and interior design websites.
You don’t exactly need to copy the inspiration but it will help you focus on one theme. Stick with the theme you picked. Remember that a well-decorated home is one that has harmony and balance.
2. Re-paint the walls. Wall paints are affordable and can dramatically change the look and feel of a room.
Remember, dark hues work best on bigger rooms while light colors can make a small room look more spacious. Don’t be afraid to explore. Using different shades of the same color can create a beautiful effect as well.
3. Re-upholster the seats. Tired of that old sofa? New seatcovers can do the trick. Plain sheets in neutral tones like white or beige can turn an old seat into an elegant piece of furniture.
Adding cushion can also make it look good as new. For a splash of colors, add bright throw-pillows or shawl in coordinated hues. Remember to keep up with the theme you chose.
4. De-clutter. A cluttered home looks messy, disorganized and unattractive. Cleaning up your room is one of the most cost effective home improvement techniques you can do.
Throw away or give away things that you haven’t really used for a year or more. If something really has a sentimental value to you, store it in a decorative box or perhaps use it as a decorative piece.
*Hint: If you have more than one box of sentimental pieces, perhaps it’s about time to let some of the items go.
5. Polish and Shine. Another practical and very cost effective way to make a home look better. When was the last time you cleaned up, from the floors to the ceiling? Get rid of those stains in your window panes and furniture. You’ll be surprised how much cozier the room could feel just by being clean.
6. Accentuate with the right pieces. Foot rugs and carpets can change the look of any home in an instant. Use colors and patterns that complement your wall painting and your floor.
Hand towels and pot holders can make a kitchen look brighter. Bath towels and foot rugs can give your bathroom a new zest.
7. Use decorative storage pieces. Storage pieces should always have two purposes- keep your room clutter free while giving it a new and refreshing appeal. They’re also great for maximizing space in small homes.
Ottoman and chests can be used as seats, tables, and extra storage at the same time. Woven baskets or wooden bowls provide that rustic appeal and can be used in the living room or kitchen. Racks, stacked drawers, decorative boxes—these come in different sizes, colors and shapes, so find ones that match with your home.
8. Use the right lighting fixtures. The right type of lighting fixture can make a big difference in the overall look of a room. There are hundreds of varieties of lighting that you can choose from, depending on the theme of your room. Fine art lamps can give your room the uniqueness and elegance you’re looking for.
9. Change those curtains. Curtains can make a room feel cozy and elegant or it can make a room seem gloomy and dull. Find the right window treatment ideas from magazines and online interior magazines that you can incorporate in your home.
You don’t have to spend a fortune buying expensive drapery, even simple curtains will work if you choose the right pattern and color.
*Hint: If you know how to sew or a friend does, you can save money by purchasing fabric from yard sales or thrift stores or if you happen to have old, unused fabric in your home, you can use them as curtains or throw pillow covers.
10. Recycle. Try creating a new look from your old stuff that are still of good quality. Old tables, dressers, or chairs can once again look good as new by varnishing or repainting them with the right colors. Try to be more creative too. An old dresser can be recreated into a book shelf, an old table can be turned into an ottoman, etc.
DIY crafts. Create your own wall decoration by framing your own painting or photographs you took.
Bring in the green. Plants and flowers can make a tremendous difference in a house. They create a more relaxing ambiance and won’t cost you a lot.
Less is more. Don’t exaggerate by displaying too many elements all at once. Candles, pots, books, figurines, and art pieces are great accents. But it doesn’t mean you have to put them all together at one time.
*Do you have other home improvement tip to add to this list? If yes, please share:)