If you are on a budget, it can be hard to look through magazines with perfect decor and wonder how you can create the same ambiance in your home with very little money to spare. The truth is, home decor does not have to cost you a lot of money and you don't have to have designer pieces to create a wonderful look and inviting feel.
How To Save Money on Home Decor
Think outside the box on places to go shopping for home decor. Thrift stores have an abundance of great home decor pieces that are unique and often in amazing shape. The idea with creating a space of comfort is to stick with a theme. You don't want to overwhelm your home with too many patterns or colors. It might take you a while, but if you come up with a theme and color scheme you want your rooms to have, you can very easily find pieces that match in thrift stores.
Go to outlet stores like Marshalls, Tj Maxx and Ross. There, you will find high end, designer pieces at a fraction of the price of department stores they were originally sold in. To get an even bigger discount, look on the end caps for discounted and clearance items. Sometimes, these items have minor scuffs or are missing a piece, but this can easily be fixed by hitting up a craft store.
Craft stores are an amazing place to find great home decor. Craft stores used to be more about unfinished home decor projects, but many stores, especially chains like Micheal's or Hobby Lobby have a large selection of home decor items like wall decorations, vases and candles. Additionally, Micheal's does classes on home decor like wreath making and faux flower design. At the end of the season, they sell many of the ones made by instructors on the classes at 50-75% off.
Check out Craigslist for some great deals from local artists. You can find some unique and one of a kind paintings and sculptures from local people trying to sell their art pout of their home. Additionally, you can find many home decor items and furniture at great prices.
A great way to cover your walls is to get pictures printed out at large sizes. They don't even have to be on great quality paper. You can find awesome frames at a discount at craft stores that will bring images to life.
Be willing to do some minor craftiness to things you pick up. You can give something as simple as an ugly candle holder a new life that matches your decor with just a couple coats of spray paint. Also, be willing to re-style what you already own.
If you are going to splurge on one thing, make it a large room rug. You can style the rest of your room around the colors in it and it really makes a room come together. Plus, it can save your carpets and floors.
Add simple touches that really add a lot like door handles and cabinet knobs. They are not too expensive and you may even be able to find some amazing ones at a local home resource place that sells used home furnishings like lamps, light fixtures and tiles.
How do you decorate on a budget?