We all want our homes to be a secure haven where we can relax, refuel, and even find inspiration. However, money might be scarce at times, and we may need to use a little additional ingenuity to bring our ideas to life. Here are eight G4H inexpensive methods to make your home appear attractive.
I’ve been at home with my kids for almost twenty-one years, and Dean’s income has been my sole source of income for many of those years. Don’t get me wrong: he’s doing a fantastic job. However, having a family of five in the city can be costly, and there was rarely enough money left over to decorate our home. We figured out how to make it stylish little by little because I love home so much and having a home that is both welcome and lovely is very essential to me.
These suggestions do not have to be implemented in order. One or two of them can be teased at a time. They may not appear to be much at first look, yet each one can have a significant influence on its own. You will eventually discover that you do, in fact, have a fashionable home!
1. Flowers from the Grocery Store
I’d warned Dean for years that he shouldn’t buy me flowers. They seemed like such a waste to me. Why spend the money if they’re only going to die in a week?
But then I remembered that a little bouquet of flowers could be purchased for less than $10 at the grocery store and could last for two weeks if the water was changed or topped up every two weeks.
I also found how much joy I get from fresh flowers!
Dean is in such a bad situation. After telling him not to buy flowers for approximately fifteen years, I now regularly remind him to get some while he’s out. It’s a good thing he adores me!
2. Use a lot of curtains and hang them high and wide.
Curtains are likely to be required regardless of where you live. Curtains are very common house requirements, whether for light blocking, seclusion, or just for looks.
When hung correctly, they may also offer a lot of style to your decor – even the cheap ones.
Rather than hanging your curtains close to the window frame, try hanging them “high and wide.” Mount the curtain rod as high as possible so that when the curtains are draped, they gently kiss the floor. Get a rod that extends about six inches beyond the window frame as well.
Of course, when money is tight, curtains can appear to be prohibitively expensive. However, if you become inventive, you can still have fashionable windows. Use drop cloth curtains, our Ikea curtain hack, or sheets hanging with curtain ring clips as curtain rods, or use black piping. No one will be able to tell the difference!
3. Neutral Paint (Classic)
Paint is responsible for some of the most egregious decorating mistakes. Choosing a really trendy hue is OK IF you’re willing to repaint after the trend fades. Your home will seem far more fashionable for much longer if you use a neutral backdrop.
Remember to take color samples or large swatches home with you to examine in your home and lighting. Paint will never appear the same in your home as it does at the store, so don’t pick a color from there!
What a difference a fresh coat of paint can make never ceases to amaze me. You can’t go wrong when you stick to a traditional neutral.
4. Area Rugs
Rugs USA, Moroccan Trellis Rug
It’s true that purchasing area rugs can be costly. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
When white shag area rugs were trendy a few years ago, I wanted one but couldn’t afford the prices that most of them were asking. So I looked and looked for a less expensive one.
Part of the problem was that I wanted a rug that measured at least 8 feet by 10 feet to fit our space properly. And by appropriately, I mean that all of the furniture’s front legs had to be on the carpeting at the very least. There won’t be any of that float-the-rug-in-the-middle-of-the-room-with-nothing-on-it foolishness! (In our how-to-decorate course, Decorating Uncomplicated, you’ll learn more about optimal rug sizing.)
I eventually bought one at Home Depot for hundreds cheaper than everywhere else, and we used it until it was completely worn out!
So be patient and shop around; big box stores, internet businesses, Facebook Marketplace, and even Kijiji and Craigslist are all good places to look. Also, avoid buying a rug that is too tiny for your room!
5. Replace Lampshades
Replace the lampshades if you can’t or don’t want to replace the lamps themselves – let’s face it, some lights can be very costly.
Curvy shades with piping or fringe may have been the ‘in’ thing when you bought your lamps. You may easily upgrade your lamps with contemporary shades that have a more drum form.
6. Use Vignettes Rather Than Tchotchkes Throughout
There’s nothing wrong with putting together a collection. Or, for that matter, tchotchkes.
But when you start piling things on every available surface in your home, it’s no longer fashionable. It’s just a mess.
Instead, try constructing vignettes.
If you’re not sure how to do it, take a look at this tutorial on how to make vignettes.
7. For open storage, use matching containers.
You might not be able to buy such built-ins right now, so you’ll have to make do with standard shelves. That doesn’t imply they have to be unattractive.
If you’re going to buy storage containers, you might as well get some that match. Baskets, boxes, and crates may all be used to create a unified and attractive open storage solution in almost any room.
8. Hardware should be replaced.
At our house, we’ve gradually updated the hardware.
The kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls were the first to go. Then we replaced our external doors’ rusty hinges and cheapo knobs. We’ve also recently updated all of the internal knobs and hinges.
It may sound insignificant, but having the old faded and worn two-tone chrome hardware replaced with far more exquisite oil-rubbed bronze makes me very happy.
This is one of those items that you can buy one at a time. Hinge and doorknob makers frequently stock the same product at big box retailers for years, so finding matching or extremely comparable pieces shouldn’t be a problem.