When it comes to redecorating at home, oftentimes we feel that we need to dish out a lot of money to see a significant change in a space. According to HomeAdvisor, the average homeowner spends around $6,500 on interior decorating or designer costs for a room. If you’re on a tighter budget, that number can be discouraging, however there are tons of ways to significantly lower that price point by handling the project on your own! I have a few decor ideas to share with you that can totally transform your space without breaking the bank.
Tips To Redo A Room Without Breaking The Bank
Make a Plan
Diving into a room rehaul can be intimidating, but the first step should be to take a good look at the room you want to redo. What needs to change? What do you like about the space and what would you keep to repurpose? Creating a list of the pros and cons about the room will help you realize where you want to go with the design. After you’ve reviewed the room, see what’s in your budget. This way you know your spending limits and can delegate where your money is spent, and where you can DIY.
Another critical step in the planning process is to find an aesthetic for the room. There are tons of different themes you can play with, from modern to contemporary. Pick the colors you want to include, and whether or not there are things already in the room that would fit with the new theme. Sketching out possible layouts of what you’re envisioning will also help to!
Declutter and Refresh
Once you have a plan set in place, it’s time to start clearing out the room. Research from the National Association of Productivity & Organization reports that one in seven Americans have a room in their home they can’t use because it’s filled with too many things they rarely use. If you haven’t used the stuff sitting around in your room for more than 6 months, you probably don’t need them anymore! Remove furniture and items that won’t fit into your new room plan, and either sell or donate the pieces you don’t want to a local center.
After decluttering the space, it’s time to paint. A great color can go a long way in transforming a room, and doing it yourself will cut the cost of hiring outside help. If you don’t want to repaint a whole room, or are just trying to expand your interior decor boundaries, adding a statement wallpaper to one wall will showcase your space. Choosing a wall to accent is a great way to shape where your existing items can fit, and what will add to the room to make it pop.
Ask family or friends if they have any furniture that they don’t want or need anymore. This is a great idea when you have a budget and are looking to find some new pieces without spending thousands of dollars on a couch or a dining room set. Besides thrift stores, places like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are great resources when it comes to looking for inexpensive furniture. Acquiring new pieces that have had some life before your home is always fun, and you can even upholster the furniture with some new fabric for a DIY project!
Pulling it Together
If you haven’t seen my home office post, I talk about revamping old pieces of furniture with some fresh paint. However, to further give old furniture a new life, try replacing the knobs on dressers in your room! They’re usually inexpensive, yet they can completely change the way a piece looks. Another tip is to swap out dated curtains for new ones, refreshing your atmosphere.
Rearranging the furniture that you have for the room is something that can make or break a design. Play around and try different placements for your pieces, as it will help you decide where to hang your accents and wall decorations.
Filling your room with cool artwork or pictures is something that will upgrade your room design. Photographs of your family, friends, and important moments in your life need to be showcased! Placing these memories in photo frames can really help tie a room together, and getting the same frame for each picture will make the room look cohesive rather than disarray with mismatched frames. This way your room design will look more organized and orderly, as if the photos belong in the room. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to get simple frames that will make you look like a design pro.
Another accent trick that can make your room stand out is pillows. Keeping in mind the aesthetic you’re going with, pillows will add a great texture to the room. If it’s a brighter color, the eye will instantly be drawn to that area once you enter a space. Try and get pillows that all have at least one similar color in them, to further subtly connect the room. Because pillows are small ticket items, they can be swapped out seasonally as well!
Redesigning a room doesn’t have to be intimidating, nor should it be costly. There are so many ways you can completely change a room’s feel on a budget. Once you have the tricks to know what to look for when creating a new space, you’ll be the design expert on any room.