It is an undeniable fact that young people continue to face a high level of difficulty when it comes to getting onto the housing ladder; those of us who once dreamed of owning our own home by the time we turned 30, are now facing up to the reality that this is going to be simply unobtainable due to the continued instability surrounding the housing market.
However, if you are lucky enough to have found yourself on the first rung of the housing ladder, or perhaps you have recently started renting your first apartment, decorating is a hell of a lot of fun and is one of the most enjoyable parts of moving into a brand new home.
Here are some top tips to help you get the most out of decorating and furnishing your home without spending a huge budget.
Decide on your budget before you begin
Let’s be brutally honest here, if you had an unlimited budget you would not have the need to even look at this article! You would already have your dream home or have hired someone who would be well on the way to helping you achieve your perfect look.
Therefore it really is so important to ascertain exactly how much budget you have to play with and allocate a set amount for each different part of the process; this can include how much you are looking to spend on paint or even furniture packages. This also allows you to concentrate on the important job of decorating and furnishing as opposed to worrying yourself about money.
Don’t be Afraid to Stand Out
Paint is one of the cheapest and most affordable tools in your decorating armoury and can have such an impact on the appearance of a room or an apartment in general. Take some time to look at your furniture and note the different colours, then try to pick a striking colour of paint that would stylishly compliment it. If you are a little uneasy about this then ask your local DIY store for some tester pots to make sure that it is the look and colour that you are after.
Go Second Hand
While this may not appeal to everyone, you may be more than surprised to find out that there is an abundance of good quality furniture online looking for a lovely new home, just like yours!
Take some time to sit down for an hour or so and look on a classified site like Gumtree for those extra items of furniture or appliances that you still need. You will be pleasantly at some of the outrageous deals that can be found on there, and if you are lucky, you might even find that piece of furniture for free!
Get Your Five a Day
The next time you are in your local supermarket, try to remember to take a quick detour to the fruit and veg section where there is a whole host of colour just waiting to be discovered and to brighten up the interior of your home.
Lemons, apples and oranges can all be utilised as a beautiful centrepiece on a table and really will bring that extra something to the room at a bargain price.
Create More Space with a Mirror
If you are finding that you are a little short on space, or if there is a particular room that you wish was that little big bigger, then why not consider using a mirror to create the illusion of space?
It is possible to picture up a basic mirror fairly cheaply but if you are really looking to watch your pennies then you could always make your own in order to further cut down on costs.
Display Your Past
If you are one of those people who just loves to travel, then make sure that you proudly display any items that you have brought back from your travels around your home. If you have a corner that is lacking in some furniture of decoration in general, then why not use it as a space for that artefact that you brought back from the Philippines?
Not only does it add an extra little something to the room, it also shows a little bit extra about your personality and it will always make an interesting story to tell others!