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Do you often find yourself browsing through home decor magazines, Pinterest and Instagram at the beautiful homes and wishing yours could look that nice? You might have written off the idea thinking it’s out of your budget, but there’s plenty of ways you can get a gorgeous looking property without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas.
Paint the walls
Paint is inexpensive and can massively transform your home. Remove fussy, peeling old wallpaper, give the walls a sand down and paint them in a light neutral color. It will make your home look clean, fresh, modern and spacious. Paint skirting boards and doors in a brilliant white to finish the look, and your home will look completely different. A beautiful blank canvas for whatever else you put in there.
Make your own decor
Making your own decor is a great way to get unique, inexpensive pieces and have fun in the process. You could use a vinyl cutting machine to make your own art, vinylcuttingmachineguide.com has a rundown of some of the best models. You could sew your own cushions and curtains, you could paint your own artwork or design prints using Photoshop. If you already have a creative hobby, find a way to utilize it and make yourself some beautiful pieces for your home. Another option would be to upcycle furniture, you can find old pieces cheaply and bring them back to life with some paint and new hardware.
Shop for second hand bargains
We live in a ‘throw away’ society– people often get rid of things that are perfectly good just because they no longer like the style. This however can be great news for you, as it enables you to snag some second hand bargains. Check out classified listings, eBay, Craigslist and Facebook marketplace also often have awesome items that don’t cost a lot. In some cases they’ll be next to new, other times they might just need a little smartening up.
Rummage the sales
Why pay full price if you don’t have to? When the sales are on, do some research and see if there’s anything you want or need at a heavily discounted price. It’s a great way to get the look of a high end home but without being too hard on your wallet. End of line clearance stores are another way to get huge prices off the retail price for a product that’s perfectly good and brand new.
Plants make your home look well cared for, and add a pop of colour without being fussy. Plants have been shown to make us as humans happier and more productive too. If you’re not very green fingered, faux plants will give the same effect and last forever. Buying plants when they’re small and nurturing them until they’re bigger will cost you less. You can find them cheaply from places like Ikea.