Sure, we all want our living spaces to be aesthetically pleasing, incredibly comfortable and very much Pinterest worthy. But most times, our wild imaginations are constrained by financial limitations. But fret not, we’re here to teach you the hacks that can turn your mundane apartment to a artistic spectacle—without at all having to break the bank.
There are actually plenty of ways to transform a room from top to bottom spending merely hundreds instead of thousands of dollars. In fact, with a bit of time and creativity, you can sometimes give a room a whole new look for less than $100.
The best cure for a home inferiority complex is to learn more about how to redecorate on a budget. Once you see some of the great rooms other people have put together on shoestring budgets, you’ll realize that you can do the same.
To redo a room for as little money as possible, you need to approach it differently. Instead of changing everything, your goal should be to keep as much as you can, while finding ways to make your old stuff look new. Instead of buying brand-new items, you should try to use things you already have or can pick up secondhand for a token. And instead of bringing in pros, you should do the work yourself whenever possible. Try these following hacks and let us know how it goes;
Rearrange the Furniture
You can often change the look and feel of a room dramatically just by rearranging the furniture. For instance, if the first thing you see when you walk into your living room is the back of the couch, that big piece of furniture blocks traffic. Simply moving the sofa to the opposite wall can create a new focal point, improve traffic flow, and make the room look more inviting, all at the same time. And best of all, it costs absolutely nothing.
If you can’t find a good way to make a comfortable arrangement of the furniture in the room, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need new furniture.
The problem isn’t always that you need different furniture in the room – it’s that you have too much in there already. Instead of bringing other pieces in, you need to take some out. You can move the unwanted pieces to different rooms in the house, or just give them away to someone who can use them.
One of the cheapest ways to transform a room is to use paint. In a matter of hours, it can make faded or dingy walls look fresh again – or change their color for a completely different look. A gallon of high-quality paint costs around $35, and it takes only 2 gallons to cover a medium-sized room. So for just $70 total, you can make a whole room look like new.
You can do a lot more with paint than just roll it onto a wall. By combining different colors, it’s possible to create a wide variety of interesting effects, such as:
- Stripes. By taping off sections of wall and painting between the taped lines, you can create horizontal or vertical stripes. The simplest way to do this is to paint colored stripes on a white wall. You can also paint stripes of one color, let it dry, and then paint the areas in between a contrasting shade.
- Ombre. If you’re more ambitious, you can give your walls an ombre effect, going from light to dark down the length of the wall. First, paint the whole wall a light color and let it dry. Then apply a darker shade of the same paint to just the bottom two-thirds of the wall. Once that’s dry, paint the bottom section in the darkest color.
- Stenciling. To create more complex patterns on a painted wall, use stencils. You can buy ready-made stencils at home stores or make your own from stiff cardboard. Just trace the pattern you want onto the cardboard and cut it out. Then, hold the stencil up against the wall and paint over it. You can use the same stencil over and over to repeat the pattern as desired. In this way, you can make a border running around the room or even cover the entire wall. Using a stencil is a good way to get the look of a patterned wallpaper for less money.
Create Cheap Artwork
A room just doesn’t look complete without some sort of art. You can have beautiful furniture, walls, flooring, and window treatments, but if the walls are bare, the room will still feel unfinished.
A single painting from a gallery can cost thousands of dollars, but fortunately, there are plenty of ways to adorn your walls for much less. For instance, you can buy poster prints of many famous paintings for $20 or less. Add a $20 stock frame, and your art is ready to hang.
Posters aren’t the only things you can frame – you can obtain and frame the following as well:
- The pages of a colorful calendar
- Pictures cut out of a magazines
- Completed jigsaw puzzles
- Pieces of patterned fabric, wallpaper, or wrapping paper
- Pictures, text, and designs printed out on your home printer
- Small keepsakes of any kind mounted in a shadow box
Adding candles to create a feeling of coziness could actually give your space quite the facelift. The soft, dim light will change the whole look of the room and hide a lot of flaws. Another easy idea: Introduce greenery. You could as well bring in live plants, fresh flowers, or bowls of fruit. They all help set a mood, add scent, and convey a sense of the season. And remember: It’s not just the content, it’s also the container.
“Shop” Your Own Home
Before you hit the stores, try “shopping your house.” Perhaps the very piece you need is already sitting in a different room, and all you need to do is swap it for one of the pieces you’re using now.
Sometimes you don’t have to buy anything to decorate a space. Make the most of your existing pieces. Move things around or relocate them to another room, where they could change or help elevate the look. You’d be surprised at how versatile your furniture is. If you feel you still need more stuff, you could also try shopping at flea markets.
You can find great deals on so many unique pieces. Some are perfect as they are and others can be easily updated with a coat of paint, new knobs, or lamp shades.
It may sound obvious, but if you want to transform your room without spending a cent, start by getting rid of clutter. Style your bookshelves by arranging books and integrating art, boxes, and mementos. Keep your surface areas neat and display a piece of art and some flowers.
So there you have it. With these handy tips, you should be able to give your space that makeover you think it deserves and still not deplete your savings or be in debt. Be sure to stay in touch with us for more amazing housing hacks and secrets.