Are you tired of the same old look in your living room or bedroom? Wouldn't it be nice to decorate with a new color scheme? If your wallet is saving no, maybe it's time you rethink how much it really costs to decorate. The following tips will help you save money decorating any room.
1. Set a Budget
The first thing you need to consider is how much money you can spend on this project. A budget forces you to stay on track and make the most of your money. It doesn't even have to be a big budget. You can do wonders with only two hundred dollars.
2. Choose Your Color Scheme
A good color scheme is 60-30-10. The 60% is the primary or wall color. The 30% is the secondary or trim and large accessory color. The last 10% is the accent color and is the smaller accessories found in the room, such as a throw pillow. A good tip is to choose a neutral color for your primary color because this allows you to change up your room easily and cheaply in the future.
Paint is the least expensive thing you can do to make a big impact in a room. With your color scheme in mind, paint your walls with the primary color you chose and use the secondary color for trim. A gallon of good quality paint costs less than fifty dollars.
4. Make a List of the Items You Need
This is an important step. You not only want to make a list of the items you need, such as a new couch and rugs, but you want to measure your area so that you know the exact sizes you need. The last thing you want to do is score a great deal at a yard sale and then not be able to use the item. When making the list, it helps to set a budget for each item so that when you're done with the list, you know you're going to meet your budget.
5. Hit Yard Sales and Thrift Stores
Once you have your list in hand, hit the thrift stores and yard sales. These can be a great place to find everything from artwork to coffee tables. You obviously want to make sure the items are in good condition. However, don't be afraid to get something that meets the size you need but isn't the color you want. You can always paint tables and accessories to match your color scheme. Don't be afraid to haggle.
6. Finish Up at Discount Stores
Lastly, once you've completely scoped out the local yard sales and thrift stores, finish up at discount stores. Dollar stores, big box stores, and places like Big Lots can be great places to find the last items on your list at an affordable price.
You don't have to spend a fortune to decorate a room. The key is to set a budget and make a list with sizes. Then hit yard sales and thrift stores to find the best deals and finish up at local discount stores. Follow these tips and you'll be able to decorate any room on even the smallest budget.