Style the home of your dreams

How to Style the Home of Your Dreams… On a Budget You Can Afford

Changing your decor is one of the easiest ways to transform your home into the one you’ve always dreamed about. The problem is that a complete remodel or all-new set of decorations isn’t always within your budget.

As a result, many people do very little – sticking with the same, tired decor for years. Don’t give up hope! It is possible to style the home of your dreams on a budget you can afford.

How to Style the Home of Your Dreams

Decor Changes Your Mood

Why prioritize redecorating your home? The answer may surprise you:

A 2010 Homegoods survey found that only 20% of respondents felt happy with their current home decor. Of those who weren’t happy, 14% reported feeling “gloomy and stressed” by their furnishings. The way you style your home matters. Making decor a priority could actually improve how you feel.

A surprising 47% of Americans haven’t updated their decor in the last five years. Part of the reason, of course, is budget. It’s hard to make changes when designer furnishings, accents and decorative items seem impossibly out of reach. Don’t let this hold you back. The following tips encompass ways you can design the home you’ve always wanted – all without breaking the bank.

Reimagine Current Furnishings

Your couch and love-seat have seen better days. The color is outdated, the cushions are torn, and they make your entire living room look dreary. But you don’t have to buy new furniture. Shop for slipcovers instead. If you know how to sew, refill the cushions with thick memory foam and cover the entire couch and love-seat with stylish slipcovers.

Wooden furniture can also be refinished. Odds are, you’ve probably gathered a variety of different finishes throughout your house, and very few of them match. Removing paint and stains, sanding down the furniture and re-staining it to match brings rooms together. And all of this is much cheaper than buying new.

Get Creative

You want your decor to reflect your personality. Get creative and don’t take things at face value. Take old clothing and turn them into pillows. Use discount tablecloths as unique curtains and window treatments. Use stencils to create inspirational word art and frame it. Use old scraps of wood for shelving, name plates or even candle holders.

The more DIY you get, the less expensive it is to decorate. But even better, no one else will ever have decor exactly like yours. You get unique and stylish, all at a price you can afford. If you aren’t naturally creative, try searching Pinterest for ideas on affordable DIY home decorating.

Shop at the Right Time

Not a DIY person? Not a problem! If you want to purchase the latest, modern decor line at a local chain store, but it’s out of your price range, wait until the season ends or the holidays come around. Many home decor and furnishings stores cut prices drastically at these times to clear out old inventory. As a result, it’s possible to get the items you fell in love with for half off or more.

It might take a little longer to decorate your home this way, but it will save you money. If you learn when to shop at your favorite stores, you could easily carry out a complete home redecorating project within a year or two. The savings are well worth the wait and you’ll finally have the style you’ve always dreamed of.

Try Online Consignment Shops

Online consignment shops help you to not only save money, but to make money as well. Tired of those elephant bookends you got for Christmas several years ago? Someone else may love them. Sell them to online consignment shops like Swap.

Your next step is to check out these sites’ latest inventory. You never know what you’ll find and you’ll never pay full price. Everything is discounted and it’s easy to filter your searches to find what you’re looking for. The benefit of shopping online is everything is more organized and you never have to worry about store hours. These types of stores are one of the best ways to decorate your home cheaply without sacrificing quality.

Try Other Secondhand Options

Thrift stores are similar to consignment shops, but you usually donate your items instead of selling them. It’s important to carefully check out any furniture or decor items before buying at these stores, as some items may have damage and are always sold as-is. However, you can usually find extremely cheap decor to match your dream style.

Antique stores, estate sales and yard sales are also great options to help you save money. Be careful with these options, as items can be marked up unnecessarily high. If the price seems exorbitant, move on. The best thing about these three options is that you can often find gently used items that are easy to restore. It might require a little work on your end, but you’ll still save money.

Do One Room At A Time

No matter how much you save, it’s hard to decorate your entire home at once. Instead, start with a single room.

Many people start with their living room or kitchen, since they spend more time in those rooms than in others. These are also the rooms your guests will see first. Set a budget for each room. Any money you save on that room can be used to start the next room early. This keeps you within budget and makes it easier to focus on your ideal design.

Take Your Time

You might want to buy everything at once so you can redecorate quickly. The problem is that you aren’t likely to find everything you need – or want – all at once. And if you do, it’s probably not going to fit your budget. To avoid this, start by planning out your dream home style. Take pictures of similar items and rooms. Having a plan in place keeps you from buying items you won’t need.

The next step is the hardest. Take your time and shop around. For instance, you might check a consignment shop this week and not find what you want. Next week, the store could have exactly what you’re looking for, at a price that’s less than half of what the item would be new. Patience is your biggest asset when it comes to decorating cheaply.

Budget Decorating is Possible

No matter how limited your budget may be, you have the power to decorate your home in the way you’ve always wanted – without putting yourself into bankruptcy. Explore your options, gather what you need, and start decorating. When you’re done, your house will finally feel like home.


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2 thoughts on “How to Style the Home of Your Dreams… On a Budget You Can Afford

  1. I love decorating my house, but I can’t always afford it. However, I am somehow always able to find cheap house decorations online or at local shops in town. For example, last week I went into a store just at the right time and came across a really good deal on some lamps that I thought would look good in my house. Sometimes, going to certain stores at the right time takes a little more planning than that, but it is very much worth it!

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