Decorating on a Budget
Decorating your home can seem overwhelming. Depending on where you are shopping for decor and furniture, the price tags can make you feel like you are going to break the bank. Fortunately, there are many ways you can get the look you want, at a price you can afford and I am going to share some tips with you below.
Tip #1: Go slow
I know when I bought my home, I felt the need to quickly fill it up with furniture and decor. But now looking back, I have so many things that I could’ve gotten somewhere else for cheaper if I had just waited. So even though it may be hard to see some empty rooms for a little bit, it is worth it to shop around to find the best deal out there, which brings me to the next tip.
Tip #2: Shop at discount stores
It is almost never necessary to pay full price for something. Stores like Homegoods, TjMaxx, and Marshall’s have name brand, good quality decor and furniture for much less than other retail stores. I definitely recommend starting there and seeing what you can find. Some other affordable stores are Hobby Lobby and Ikea. Hobby Lobby has a permanent 40% coupon that you can use on any full-priced item. If you want to find stuff that is super affordable, you can always check out places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and your local thrift stores. There are lots of hidden gems in those places.
Tip #3: Search online
Going along with the previous tip, there are also great online options, such as Overstock or Houzz. If you are shopping online and see something you like but maybe it is too expensive or out of stock, then turn on your notifications to have the app alert you when it is back in stock or when it is on sale. Another favorite tip of mine for online shopping is to again, shop around the internet. If you see something you like but it is too expensive, copy and paste the item name into google. Google will then search every site that sells that item or items similar to it and you will be able to compare all prices right there.
Tip #4: Thrift and DIY projects
I spoke earlier about shopping at thrift stores. Many times, there is great quality stuff found there that is either good to go, or might need a little help and rejuvenation. This option definitely has a learning curve but there are tons of youtube videos out there with tutorials on how to refinish furniture. Just simply repainting an old piece of furniture can completely bring it back to life. My favorite places to thrift are Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Facebook market.
Tip #5: Shop your home
My last tip is the easiest of them all. Shop your own home! You may have a bookshelf or coffee table that has had the same decor sitting on it for years. Take that stuff and move it to a different spot, mix it with other pieces in your home, rearrange your furniture, etc. All of a sudden, your home will have a whole new look and you didn’t even spend a penny.