Whether you're moving into a new home or just want to freshen up your current space, decorating is a great way to make your house feel more like home.
Thankfully, you don't have to spend a lot to transform the look and feel of your living space. With a little time, effort and creativity, you can save money while updating your home.
Check out these tips and tricks to help you spruce up any room for less:
Refresh the paint
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a room is to add a fresh coat of paint. Neutral, light colors can brighten up a smaller space and make it feel bigger. Choosing warm, darker colors can make a large space feel cozier and more welcoming.
If you want to make an even bigger impact, consider painting an accent wall in a bold, bright color. You can even use stencils or special brushes to add stripes, texture or other patterns. Or, if you're not ready to commit to a painting project, removable wallpaper is another good option!
Replace dated hardware
Want to give your kitchen or bathroom an easy and inexpensive makeover? Try swapping out the cabinet knobs and drawer handles. You could remove the old hardware and spray paint them a stylish bronze or silver color. Or, buy all-new matching hardware. Replacement knobs and handles are usually inexpensive, but they can make your space feel modern and luxurious.
Brighten up the lighting
The right lighting can change the entire mood of a room and help you save money! Here are a few budget-friendly ways to upgrade the lighting in your home:
- Maximize natural light sources by using white or light-colored curtains or window shades.
- Add a mirror to reflect light and make a room seem larger.
- Install dimmer switches to add more ambiance to your spaces and help save energy.
- Switch to LED light bulbs to brighten up dark spaces and help reduce your electricity bills. Compared to traditional bulbs, LEDs use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer!
Look for thrifty treasures
You can find all kinds of home décor, furniture and artwork at thrift stores, flea markets and online auction sites! Many times, you can score pre-owned pieces in nearly-new condition.
Repurposing secondhand items can help you save money and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. For example, you can update a gently-used set of kitchen chairs with new seat cushions or a coat of spray paint. Or, look for thrifted frames in different sizes to create a trendy gallery wall on a budget. Think outside the box and don't be afraid to get creative with your thrifty finds. The do-it-yourself project possibilities are endless!
Revamp your home for less
Improving your home doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. With these tips, you can save money while making your home décor dreams a reality.
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