Decorating your home can get expensive right? Since October we have been renovating our home, we’ve made some huge changes. We have renovated the kitchen, dining room, our main family bathroom and the ensuite. On top of that we have pretty much decorated the whole house too which was pretty stressful at the time but also very exciting. I’ve always loved interiors, I used to watch all of the home and interior programmes on TV when I was younger and still do! Love it or List it is one of my favourites at the moment.
A common question I get asked is how we could afford to do it all at once. To be honest we were very lucky with our house purchase and didn’t have to spend as much as we had budgeted for when buying our home. Therefore we had some money left over for the renovations and we did already have a renovations budget set aside before the house hunt because we knew we would want to spend a little to really make it our own. Renovations can be very expensive but decorating doesn’t have to be at all. In fact everything can get done on a budget if you are really savvy. Today I’m going to tell you a few ways I’ve saved on things when decorating our home and making it our own.
Be willing to wait
If you plan on decorating the whole house then that’s great! But don’t go and do it all at once. Work on one room at a time. I find it much easier doing this, if I don’t then I end up with too many ideas and start getting confused with the style and finishes I want. If you want the rooms to flow then you can still do that but when it comes to the styling and if you want to make that room individual then focus solely on that. It also won’t make the job feel too overwhelming if you’re just focussing on the one room. Also prioritize on furniture and decor items, what do you really want. Is it over budget and can you find a cheaper alternative? If not then think about something that you can sacrifice for this item.
Another TV show I absolutely loved as a child. Bargain hunting is my favourite thing to do. After weeks of searching online and being constantly disappointed with the huge prices I discovered my dream desk, in a local Charity shop for just £60. A third of the price of the desks I had been looking at online and it has so much more character and detail too. Search your local charity shops, second-hand items can turn out to be such gems and if they aren’t quite what you are looking for then try to see the potential in them. Upcycle and really make them your own, I bet it will still be cheaper in the long run.
Use your skills
Pretty good with a sewing machine? Make your own pillows, throws and decorations. This is a great way to personalise your home on a budget. You could also use these skills to get some of the jobs done yourself such as painting, hanging photos, and other DIY jobs. You can even get the kids involved to make their own personalised art.
Join the Instagram home community
I often fall in love with accessories and furniture I find on Pinterest which usually ends up being uber expensive. What do I do when I can’t afford those items? Search for cheaper alternatives of course! Instagram is your friend when it comes to buying home decor items. I set up a Home & Interiors account when our renovations began, you can follow here. I follow so many home and interior accounts which has often lead me to dreamy and unique pieces at a fraction of the price of those high-end Pinterest items. I even found my dream bed on IG the other day and guess what, it didn’t have the £1500+ price tag of the others I had found online in fact it was only around £300! Shop smart people.
Lastly, have fun! I know decorating can be quiet expensive and Pinterest can make things seem like they are unachievable but they are not. YOU can achieve beautiful home on a budget, take your time and think of every little detail.
If you want to check out our home renovations journey then check out this playlist on YouTube, I will be updating it every time we do something new to our home.
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