Redecorating a home is an exciting and inspiring experience; however, if the household is living under tight budget constraints, redecorating of any kind can also be very intimidating. The limitation in funding means that any purchases made for the room or rooms being redecorated will have to be made very carefully. Making wise and practical investments in durable, functional pieces together with simple changes and additions will brighten and freshen up the rooms, adding warmth and appeal while being kind to the household purse.
Low-cost decorating ideas
Altering the paint on the walls is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to completely change the look and feel of the room. Light paint creates a feeling of airiness and lightness in a room. Textures and patterns can be explored as part of a new paint colour or even as an alternative to changing the colour itself. Stencilling, plastering, crackle textures and trompe l’oeil can add dimension and personality to any room in the house. A focal wall is another option and a way to introduce bold colour into a room without overwhelming it.
For many, redecorating means replacing old furniture with new; however, if the household budget precludes major purchases, the existing furniture can be refreshed and reused in a variety of ways. Reupholstering can be a good way to give furniture a second life; however, if hiring an upholsterer is too expensive then the best option may be slipcovers, which are available in a wide variety of styles and colours.
If the current furniture is still well loved, simply re-arranging the room’s major pieces of furniture can change the room’s feel and look considerably. Keep in mind the traffic patterns of the room when positioning the furniture, and create conversation areas as well as individual areas for reading or relaxation.
Refreshing window coverings and treatments is a low cost way to brighten and freshen up a room. Less is often more when it comes to window treatments; lace curtains, sheer panels, valances, scarves and colourful café curtains are all quick and easy window coverings that can be purchased inexpensively or made by hand using materials from around the house. Recycling items can yield wonderful window treatments and coverings; old window shutters, bed linens, bath towels, fabric shower curtains and stained glass panels are all examples of do-it-yourself and up-cycling ideas.
Up-cycling offers numerous options for redecorating a home, whether the source materials are drawn from within the home or purchased from charity or antique shops or from auctions. Coffee tables, bookcases and dressers can be finished and used as they are, or they can be fastened together in a variety of ways and painted or re-stained to create entirely new pieces of furniture. Combining a long, low dresser with a bookcase can create a lovely sideboard and storage unit that can be refinished to complement any dining table sets. The same combination can work as an entertainment centre in a living room or, with the addition of shutters or recycled cabinet doors, can function as a wardrobe in a bedroom. Old sweaters, curtains, bed linens and clothing can be up-cycled into stylish floor cushions, blankets, quilts, curtains, draperies, and a host of other items