If you are like me, you love changing your home, making it look beautiful and altering the styles of different rooms. I particularly adore creating themes in each room around the home. For instance, with a few bright, warm colours and some wicker furniture, you can make your bathroom feel almost Hawaiian. Or, if you invest in furniture from somewhere like Pottery Barn, you can make your dining room feel vintage. How about a Victorian bedroom with a four poster bed?
You get the idea, but there is a little problem with plans like this, and that’s the cost. As much as I would like to be able to afford everything I plan out for my home sometimes finances get the better of me. If you find you’re having this issue with your own home makeover, there are a few tips I can recommend. This will help you create the look at a cheaper cost and ensure that that your spending doesn’t grow out of control.
Create A Budget
The simplest piece of advice I can offer is to make sure you know how much you have to spend. It’s fun to plan out a room renovation that is going to cost a few thousand, but if you only have a few hundred, you might as well forget it. No cost cutting exercises are going to get you to that point even if you are willing to slice of some of the corners during the planning stages. By having a number written down on a piece of paper or saved to your phone, you’ll know what you’re working with. You’ll be able to keep it in mind and add everything up to see if it fits your budget.
Forget About Designers
You don’t need a designer, and it’s really just a waste of money. An interior designer is just someone who will look around your room and tell you how they’d style it. Be honest, though, do you really care? More often than not you’re going to listen politely and when they leave decide their vision was completely wrong. But, you’ll still have to pay for any of their time that you’ve already used. Instead, why not have a look at design blogs online. There you’ can look at different ideas for free that have probably been used in homes similar to your own. If you contact the blog owner, they might even tell you how they did and where they bought the furniture they used.
Let’s say that the cost of new furniture is about twenty-five percent of the overall cost of your makeover. Probably a conservative estimate but it’s a nice easy number. Imagine if you could buy all of it in a furniture sale at half price. You might be surprised to discover this is a possibility once you start researching. If you do that, you’ll be able to shave one-eighth of the initial cost of the makeover off. Due to this, you’ll be able spend more in other areas like perhaps, new flooring. Or, those light fixtures that you have your eyes on. It pays to look out for the sales.
There are lots of little free changes that will cost nothing but completely alter the look of a room. One idea would be to sand down the cupboards in your kitchen. If you do this, you’ll change their style, their color, and their feel. As such, it will completely alter the room. Once you start doing this like this, you can make more changes. For instance, you can add resin to the floor of the bathroom if you have tiled floors. This will make the floor look like glass or even water once it has set. It creates a very cool effect for a minimal cost.
Don’t forget it’s also possible to change the look of the room by playing with the accessories and furniture that you already have. For instance, you can attempt a minimalist design in your living room, simply by getting rid of some of your existing furniture. Or, moving it to another room. That’s right, reducing the amount of furniture could make your home look contemporary and stylish. It’s a fantastic reason not to spend a fortune on a home makeover.
It’s clear then that a home makeover doesn’t have to break the bank. You can beat the budget and make sure you have money to spare once you’ve finished playing with the design of your home. Have fun!