Monday, October 25, 2010

5 Tips for Home Furnishing on a Budget


Whether you’re looking to upgrade your living space or you’ve just purchased a new home, you might want to invest in some furniture and interior details to give your space some life and make it yours. And when we say “invest,” we don’t necessarily mean money. If you want to save your cash, or you just don’t have the budget, you can still make your home look good, but you will have to be patient and occupy some time doing a little research.

Let’s go through some tips to help you along the way:

Inspiration. Our first suggestion would be to get inspired and have a vision for your rooms ready. There are plenty sources of inspiration on the web these days for decorating your interior. Blogs with reader submissions of decorating and remodeling projects are really great, and Design*Sponge features these weekly. Another great source is Apartment Therapy, which has a plethora of stories and examples of decorating your home on a budget.

Prioritize. You don’t have to do everything at once. Plan out which rooms are really eating at you and tackle them first. If you don’t have the resources to do every room in a short span of time, make a priority list of rooms or furniture and go from there. Another aspect you should decide on is value. You might get a longer life out of a new piece that costs more rather than a bargain that’s already seen its fair share of days.

Actually set a budget. Don’t just set out with the intentions of spending the least amount of money. Set a budget and stick to it. This way you’ll know what you’ve allocated and what’s left of it. You may come in under your budget and decide to splurge a little, or you might have to cut back and prioritize further. Either way, budgeting is a fun way to see what you can do with a certain allotment.

Bargain hunting. Online or offline, there are plenty of sources for a bargain home decorator. Online, places like CraigsList, eBay and Freecycle offer a wide range of free or cheap options to give your home some character. Offline there are thrift stores, yard sales and furniture outlets. One positive feature of buying offline is that you can see what you’re really getting, but don’t let that limit you from discovering some great finds online as well.

Accessorize. Getting some new accessories to complement your home is a great way to give it a much needed facelift. Things like curtains, rugs, pillows, wall art, dishes or utensils – the possibilities really are endless. This could even include a fresh coat of paint or new pattern on your walls. Sometimes the little things go a long way.

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