Redecorate Your Space Without Going Over Budget

If you’re ready to give your bedroom, living room or any other space in your home a new look but you can’t afford to splurge, there are ways to update a room without going over your budget. Here are five tips to help you redecorate any space in your home and still have money left.

1. Plan ahead

Buying decor, furniture and paint without planning out the expenses ahead of time is a sure way to spend more money than expected. Carefully calculate every purchase before actually buying anything. This way you’ll know whether you can actually afford that new sofa or if you need to find a less expensive alternative.

2. Invest in high-quality furniture, but don’t splurge on accessories

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Bellacor Number: 1409342

High-quality furniture might be pricier, but it is also built to last longer and be in your home for many years. Accessories, on the other hand, are often replaced with trendier items. There are plenty of stylish, cheap accessories available to decorate your home, and you won’t feel guilty replacing them when you’re ready to redecorate again.

3. Do more with less

An easy way to save money when redecorating is to limit the amount of new decor and furniture you buy. Instead of purchasing many different items, choose fewer pieces that have a bigger impact on your room’s interior design.

4. Keep pieces you love

Redecorating doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything. If there is a chair or lamp that you love, keep it. Your space will still look and feel completely different with your new additions. But don’t just have them sit somewhere and get dusty. Integrate them into your space.

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5. Take your time

If you can’t afford to buy everything at once, don’t worry. You can take your time redecorating the space, slowly replacing each item with something new. Slowing down the process will also prevent you from buying a bunch of new furniture and decor that you don’t love.

6. Use online tools to help save you time and money

Of course, always keep your eye out for a sale on your favorite item. Using tools such as “my account” or a “wish list” with online retailers, makes it easy to keep all your items in a convenient location. If are comfortable with social media, the use of Pinterest or Polyvore can help you keep your items for your dream room in one easy place and to share it with friends and family.

 

Bring personality to your dining room by mixing and matching chairs

 

Mismatched dining chairs

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Who says your dining chairs have to match? While it’s perfectly okay to purchase a dining table and chairs as a set, you could be missing an opportunity to create a unique look for your space. Mixing and matching chairs allows you to add some fun and personality to your dining room, which is especially useful if you don’t have a lot of space to decorate.

Keep in mind as you mix chairs that there still needs to be a unifying element tying them together. Here are four unifying characteristics to consider:

Color

Even if every chair around your table consists of a different design, the overall look will still appear put together and intentional if they all feature the same color. It may be difficult to find chairs that all have the exact same shade, but you can always paint them if the chairs aren’t upholstered.

Mismatched blue dining chairs

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Material 

Just like with color, you can place different chairs in the dining room that are made up of the same material, such as wood, to create a unique, cohesive look. You don’t even have to use just chairs. Consider placing a bench on one or more sides of the table and let guests be impressed by your creativity.

Mismatched wood dining chairs

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Patterns

If you prefer upholstered chairs, look for different chairs that feature the same pattern. For example, if you like stripes, you can surround your table with chairs that all have the same striped pattern. Or you can mix striped chairs with chairs that have no pattern at all to keep the look from appearing too busy overall.

Mismatched upholstered chairs featuring the same pattern

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Style

Every decorating style consists of unique elements, so use those elements to mix and match your dining chairs. For a traditional dining room, you can use the style’s characteristics – such as detailed carvings and dark wood tones – to find unity among your chairs. If you have a modern dining room, seek out chairs that are simple and sleek.

Modern mismatched chairs

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If your dining room is lacking the excitement you would like, have some fun mixing and matching dining chairs to create visual interest. With a quirky setup, you’ll never have to worry about your style being bland or predictable!

By Wendy Weinert

 

9 things you don’t want for a “Home Sweet Home”

9 things you don't want for a "Home Sweet Home"

Turning a house into a home takes time, but the end result is worth the effort. When you feel at home in your space, it becomes a place of refuge. A place where you can go to feel relaxed, happy and refreshed. Allow yourself to enjoy a “Home Sweet Home” by focusing on your interior’s setup and avoiding these nine design problems.

1. Bad lighting: Lighting should always be one of the first elements of the room’s design that you consider. Use multiple light sources in each room to create a space that is well lit without being too harsh.

2. Uncomfortable furniture: With so many designs available today, you should never have to sacrifice comfort for style.

3. Tacky wall art: The wall art you bought in college may have been fine for dorm life, but it just looks cheap and tacky hanging in your nice home. Replace it with a more sophisticated alternative, or use wallpaper to add visual interest.

4. A cluttered interior: A cluttered home will make you feel stressed. Make sure every personal belonging has its place and get rid of unnecessary junk.

5. Cheap furnishings: You might save some money on the initial purchase, but cheap furniture will wear down more quickly, forcing you to replace it more often. Instead, invest in quality pieces you can enjoy for a long time.

9 things you don't want for a "Home Sweet Home"

6. An undecided style: Your home looks traditional, but there are some contemporary elements that stick out. Choose a particular style that you want your home to represent and stick to it when purchasing new furniture or decor.

7. A cramped space: Clutter isn’t the only culprit of feeling cramped in your space. Paint small rooms light colors and use mirrors to make them appear larger.

9 things you don't want for a "Home Sweet Home"

8. An unwelcoming entryway: You want to feel happy every time you walk through your front door. Make sure it is well lit, and add a few decorative pieces to create a cheerful appearance.

9. A catalog design: Instead of setting up your room to match the store’s catalog, use your unique style to guide your purchase decisions. Setting up a home to reflect your personality is the easiest way to turn your house into home sweet home.

By Wendy Weinert