iCare Community Magazine
Budget Friendly Makeovers
Is a home makeover on your project to-do list? Chances are it is, and you’ve put it off. Let’s face it; a makeover or renovation isn’t always cheap. You keep saying you’re going to have the budget for it next month, but you’re saying that every month.
If this describes you, you’ve been going about it all wrong. Small, inexpensive home decorating projects can freshen up any space, creating a new ambiance. Whether you need a main living area update, a new paint job in every room or some refurbishing, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars. In fact, a designer inspired look can be very budget-friendly, if you know how to do it. And what if we told you there are six simple steps to follow to a home makeover that won’t break the bank?
Tip #1: Shop Local
You found unique accent pieces online, but the price plus shipping and handling is killing your wallet. There’s a better choice, and it’s right in your backyard. You can shop local at the vintage or antique stores in your area.
Local vintage and antique shops deal in unique pieces. They are the perfect places for finding key pieces of decor on a small budget. Items like old-fashioned lamps, upholstered chairs, and framed paintings can dramatically change the atmosphere of any room. You might even find the pieces inspiring the direction of your makeover.
Tip #2: Do Some DIY
Oh, that sofa. You know the one I’m talking about. It has the outdated flowery pattern that looks like something out of your great grandmother’s attic. It’s in great condition, which makes it a shame to junk. But that pattern!
Before you go on a potentially expensive shopping spree, think DIY. Slipcovers, new cushions, and upholstery can freshen up any furnishings without substantial cash investment. Instead of banking cash, set aside a couple days to update the future. A sofa cover and new pillows can turn that scary sofa into a stunning centerpiece.
Tip #3: Accent a Wall (or Two)
Tight budgets call for tight thinking. If you’re figuring out the square footage and multiplying it by paint cans and dollar signs, you’re no doubt feeling discouraged. Cut the cost (and the work) by picking one wall in each room to decorate instead. A single accent wall can dynamically change the appearance of any room. It can even make the room feel bigger.
Depending on your taste, you can opt to add paneling. Texturizing a wall or the ceiling can also turn a drab room into an ocular delight.
Tip #4: Add a Mirror
You want to expand a room, but the overall cost isn’t kosher. An expansion, even of minor proportions, is a sizeable expense. You keep saving, but everyday living demands those pennies and dollars go elsewhere. What can you do? Add a mirror.
Mirrors reflect light. They can brighten a room while also making it appear larger. A couple of strategically placed mirrors can provide relief until that expansion budget is complete. And the best part is this solution won’t hurt your piggy bank.
Tip #5: Organization Doesn’t Hurt
Sometimes space inside the house seems relative. It’s relatively small after a few years of accumulation. Even for us non-pack rats, we can one day look around and wonder how in the world we came to have so many pictures, collectibles, and books. Do we pack a select few away to free up space? It doesn’t
seem like an optimal solution, does it?
Clear the clutter by adding basic organization. How, you ask? Get creative with shelving! Shelves come in a variety of styles, types, and colors. You can even purchase unfinished shelving to finish on your own.
Hang shelves throughout the house. They can cascade or float down the stairwell or across an empty wall. Smaller units are great space savers in a bedroom or small office. Take into consideration what odds and ends will be occupying your shelves, and plan accordingly.
Tip #6: Play With the Lights
No one can deny the effect of an expensive lighting system. It can change the appearance and feel of any room. But you needn’t drop a hefty chunk of change to create some special lighting effects. A few
lamps, strategically placed about the room, can add dimension and enhance the space. Dimmers are fairly inexpensive, and they’re perfect for changing up the ambiance and mood.
Outdoor lighting doesn’t have to cost a lot either. It’s easy to get creative with homemade fixtures and seasonal LED lights.
Think Outside the Box
A home makeover doesn’t have to break the bank. It can easily be accomplished with a little out of the box thinking. If you’re running low on ideas, head over to an interior design photo album. It’s sure to get your creative juices juicing.