Decorating on a tight budget is often associated with lots of compromises and a disappointing final effect.
Of course, it often ends up like this but only when people don’t really know how to get the most out of every cent spent on the interior decor. You don’t have to sacrifice style if you want to save up and you can definitely still get that wow effect that will get your friends talking about your stunning apartment. Budget decorating is all about making smart choices and having a pretty clear vision of the interior from the get go. Such approach allows you to do some planning which is crucial when it comes to saving up your money. You need to know what you can afford and on which things you can save up a lot to be able to splurge a little bit more on other decor items. Decorating on a budget is not that hard though and I’m sure that after reading this article, you’ll be inspired to create a truly amazing interior design which will be also gentle on your wallet!
Paint is surely one of the cheapest ways to make your interior design unique. Color has a great impact and using specific colors is a foolproof way of creating the desired atmosphere in any room. And painting is, of course, the easiest and the cheapest way to give your interior a quick makeover! Plus, when painting your walls, you don’t have to stick to just one color per wall – get some masking tape and try making some patterns!
What to do to save up more? Make sure that you buy the right amount of paint for your needs and if you predict that you’ll have some paint left, try to think of ways to use it all – for example you can use the leftover wall paint from the living room to do a feature wall in another room – if it matches its decor, of course. Sometimes it’s even worth it to think outside the box or in this case rather the can of paint and use your paint in a slightly unconventional way. What do I mean? Well, a few years ago I’ve been painting the walls in my two bedrooms. I used metallic wall paint in two complementing shades – a deep forest green with a warm gold sparkle and a pale greenish gold with a pearl reflection. After I was done with painting the bedrooms, I realized that I still have a lot of paint left. So what did I do? I decided to take my chances and painted the walls of my balcony! I added some red accents to make it more visually interesting and managed to use almost all of the leftover paint! So yes, the manufacturer would probably strongly advise me to buy a specific paint for my balcony which you can use outside of the buildings but I took my chances and I must say it was definitely worth it – there’s no chipping nor color fading even after all those sunny summers and freezing winters! Bottom line: sometimes with budget decorating it’s really worth it to risk it a bit!
To give your apartment a whole new look on a budget, don’t limit yourself to painting just the walls. A paint job is a perfect way to refresh the look of your furniture, flooring and even tiled surfaces!
Let’s talk about painting the furniture first – if you, for example, have an old commode but want to make your interior more modern and ditch the traditional vibe, all you need to do is to get a little creative with painting it. Forget boring colors and pick something that will really make an impact. For example, you can go for a neon or just a bright and juicy hue and both of these choices are bound to make your old piece of furniture become a super eye-catching statement piece! Do you want to be even bolder? Take a look at the commode below – I absolutely love this creative look. It looks like an abstract mountain landscape and you don’t need to be an artist to recreate it.
And what if you prefer to achieve a more minimalistic, but still bold look? Going after color blocking in its purest form is the solution. Analyze the structure of your furniture and paint its different parts with different colors. It’s super easy to do, especially with a commode as you just have to pull out the drawers so you don’t even have to worry about using the masking tape. Check out the interior below and inspire! Hint: if you’re not after such juicy colors, you can recreate these ideas while using just black and white for a more balanced and classic look.
Painting the floor may seem like a crazy idea, but believe me – it definitely is worth it if you want a quick makeover which won’t drain your wallet. There are specific paints that you can use while painting the floor which provide high friction resistance and overall durability. Yes, this time, I strongly advise you to stick to the manufacturer’s instructions and pick a paint that has been designed to paint the floor. Of course, the kind of paint that you can use will depend on the kind of flooring that you have – tiled, concrete, hardwood or other. If you’re in doubt which paint to pick, better consult a professional!
Take a look at this traditional kitchen – it features classic cabinets and steel kitchen appliances – it’s a look that is more popular than Coca-Cola. The difference is, not as many people like it. But there’s one smart interior design move that makes this kitchen stand out from the crowd and gives it a true modern vibe – bright lime paint on the floor. Yes, it’s an unexpected flooring choice but it surely is stunning and changes the look of the entire space! To make everything more balanced, a modern chair has been added – it features a similar color to the cabinets, but its hip shape stays in tune with the bold vibe that the floor provides.
Any space with crown molding will look instantly more luxurious. It’s a decor item that is still pretty budget-friendly and easy to install. Crown molding gives any space that well-designed, polished look. And don’t think that you need to stick to the classic white – there are plenty of options to get creative with your crown molding by using some color.
Take a look at this shabby chic bedroom – given the light colors on the walls and the ceiling a crown molding in a similar hue would almost vanish. That’s why a darker shade has been used. Notice that it’s not a random hue, though – it perfectly matches the window curtains and the bedding. It gives the entire space a more finished look. Plus if the owner will change his or her mind, the color on the molding is still pretty neutral and will fit a lot of other decor ideas!
Sometimes all you need to do to give your furniture a whole new look is to switch the hardware for some new fancy styles. With the huge variety of hardware designs available on the market, you won’t have a problem finding one that will give your furniture a stunning makeover. It’s a great idea to incorporate in your kitchen – after all, entirely remodeling the kitchen is one of the most money-consuming interior design ideas that you can have. So why not think about other, less expensive ways to give your kitchen a makeover? Plus, the kitchen is the only room with so much hardware, so switching it in it is bound to have the biggest impact on the final effect.
Take a look at this amazing kitchen – the cabinet handles look stunning against the dark color of the cabinets and they match the faucet perfectly. Although the marble backsplash is definitely a bit pricey, you can opt for other options such as a glass or tiled one. This kitchen shows how to work with contrast – when picking new hardware, consider opting for contrast for the most striking effect.
Make your own art
Instead of opting for buying art, get creative and make your own. You can go through pictures and photos online and have them printed out and then framed. To make them look even more elegant, opt for adding a mat. You don’t have to splurge on the frames – even simple black ones can provide an amazing effect. Even better if you decide to create a whole gallery wall as nothing will make your space feel more personal. You can hang some of your favorite movie and music posters, pick stunning photos of the places you’ve traveled to and so on. Looking at such gallery wall is a great way to boost your mood every day and get inspired.
Don’t be afraid to splurge a little
When decorating on a budget, saving up is important, but in some cases, it’s really worth to splurge a little. Treat it as an investment. Picking a bit more expensive furniture will pay off in the long run as going for extremely cheap furniture would mean that you’d have to buy a new set in just months or a year or two when they finally break. High-quality is always a good choice plus such furniture can really make the entire interior. If you plan to sell your home in the future, investing in some quality pieces will significantly up the market worth of your property.
Try to hunt for deals, go shopping during the sale season and hunting for occasions online and on flea markets. If you put in some effort, you won’t need to pay much for truly stunning pieces. Sometimes it’s worth to wait a little before you buy something to get a better deal. So, practice your patience!
Experiment with patterns
Adding some patterns is a quick and proven way of making over your entire space. Plus buying some patterned items or textiles is usually easy to do, even when having a pretty tight budget. Hanging some new patterned curtains or adding some patterned throw pillows are only a few of a virtually endless array of options!
Ditch the matchy-matchy style
If you aim for a conservative and perfectly matching interior, you’ll be in a worse situation budget-wise than if you chose to get a little creative with your apartment. Nothing will give you more freedom and flexibility than going for more modern styles such as Scandinavian, eclectic or contemporary. Especially adding some eclectic vibe to your interior means that you can find plenty of old items and give them a new lease of life. A little paint job, reupholstering or switching the hardware can really go a long way!
Take a look at this interior – it’s a perfect mix of the eclectic with the minimalist interior design style. It means that you can get the best things out of these two styles – the flexibility thanks to the eclectic and the minimalist approach to buying things which means you only stick to the essential stuff. Some would say that such space looks too austere, but it surely is balanced out thanks to a huge variety of patterns on the throw pillows. And as you continue to live in it, you can slowly put in a little more things in it if your budget will allow you.
Add some plants
It’s an easy and budget-friendly way to make any interior feel more welcoming. And if you decide to opt for air plants you can forget about the traditional way of displaying your plants and get creative as the air plants don’t need soil. But keep in mind that they still need some water!
How about you, what do you think about decorating on a budget? Have you ever tried it?