Moving into your first house is one of the most exciting times. Not only are you moving into a new home with the people you love – but you get to make this space your own – and make it somewhere you love visiting and love coming home to. Here are some tips for decorating your first home on a budget to get you started transforming an empty space into a family home.
When purchasing a first home there is often a limiting constraint on your home decorating and that’s the budget. I mean, let’s face it – after purchasing a home, paying movers, and buying furniture, you might not have all the money in the world to decorate your new abode exactly how you’d like. After all, decorating can be expensive. But don’t worry we’ll share some of the tips and tricks surrounding interior design on a shoe string budget. Here are some useful suggestions on decorating your first home that will make that new house feel like your forever home.
Tips for Decorating on a Budget
1. Use Pinterest
Instead of spending tons of cash on interior design magazines use the wonderful world of Pinterest instead! Pinterest is a hive of inspiration and you’ll find so much more inspiration on there than you’d ever get in an interior magazine! And it won’t cost you a penny! Plus, it is super easy to organize the ideas you like by room so you and your hubby can select the final decorating ideas together with ease. Check out my Pinterest Home Decor board to get you started.
2. Use Photographs
Photographs are the quickest and easiest way to make a new home feel more like your own. I’d always opt for show stopping pieces though – not just tiny frames. Professional printing is now completely affordable too – so you can get your beloved family photographs printed for a bargain price. Try huge canvas prints of your favorite family photos or make a gallery wall with lots of smaller photos. You can pick your favorite photos and your favorite ways to display them and this goes along way towards making a house feel like your first home.
3. Update The Details
Think about changing smaller things rather than purchasing big things. Think of it this way – instead of buying a new sofa right away (when your bank balance may not agree) you can update your throw pillows instead. This will add some color to the room and can completely tie in patterns and decorations too – which will always make a room feel more homely. Another example is to update the cabinet hardware instead of the cabinets to get a more modern style without any major rennovations.
4. Paint one wall
If you don’t want to splash out on lots of paint and painting tools – then why don’t you just paint a feature wall instead? Choose one wall in a room (this concept works particularly well in the living room and bedrooms) and watch how it can completely transform a room from ordinary to incredible. You can then choose some small accessories to match that feature color. It saves time and money and gives a lot of character. The Spruce has some great examples of feature walls here.
5. Head to bargain stores
There are loads of cheap stores out there that can provide you with lovely home ware for bargain prices. I’d recommend Primark for those of you in the UK and the Dollar Store for those of you in the US. You can get some great pieces in these stores for absolute rock-bottom prices and no one except you is going to know where they came from.
I hope you find these tips helpful for decorating first home on a budget. Just take your time and work room by room to add a little punch of personality and make it yours.
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Some awesome decor ideas here! I love using pinterest for inspiration instead of design magazines. Because magazines usually end up adding to clutter when you’re finished with them.
Going to check out your blog on pinterest now!
Liz at World Vision says
This is a great post and I agree that a lower budget is a big constraint on redecorating – but if you have a young family or are juggling work with family, time is also an issue! I think that getting the kids to help out where possible is a good idea – why not create a hand print collage that could become a feature wall in a bedroom, for one example?
Great idea that sounds fun too! I was thinking to use the clipboards in the photo above for kids art too!