Whether you have just bought a new home or you’ve been living in your current one for a long time, you may feel the need to change your interior design. If you’ve just moved in, you might be living with someone else’s ideas and taste. If you haven’t changed things up for a while, you might be feeling bored with what you have (not to mention the fact that styles may have moved on and your interiors could be looking dated).
The problem is that changing your house’s interior can be an expensive task and that’s not something everyone can or would want to do. Spending money on something like this, however, isn’t always necessary. You can actually save some money on your interior design and here are some tips on how to do it.
Make a Plan
One of the biggest keys to success when you are carrying out a new interior design project is to make a plan first. This will help you work out just what you need and how much it will cost to begin with, so that you’ll know whether you can afford to do the work or not. The last thing you want is to be part way through a project only to discover that you can’t finish it.
Part of this planning will involve researching all the different options ahead of time so that you have everything in place before you start. This gives you the chance to work out the difference between blinds vs shades, and wooden flooring and carpeting, for example. You’ll then know what is going to work and what you need to buy.
Starting with a smaller project such as a downstairs bathroom, hallway, front door, or even changing up a closet or cupboard, is advisable. Because the space you are working on is small, there is a greater chance that you will complete it and it won’t cost a lot of money to do either. Make sure these are done before moving on to the larger projects and you’ll only have to buy what you need.
Making small changes is a great way to make a big difference, so even if you aren’t changing the walls and the flooring, you can add a mirror, or change a door handle, or put in a new lightshade and you’ll have a room that looks quite different.
Use What You Have
One of the best ways to save money on your interior design is to use what you already have in the house. Your old couch might look worn and unusable, but if it is still comfortable to sit on, why not think about recovering it and making it look new again? Having someone carry this task out or buying the fabric to do it yourself is a much cheaper way than buying an entirely new couch.
Look around and see what you can upcycle in your own home to make it look new and interesting. Plus, don’t forget to check in storage and in sheds for tins of leftover paint before you go out and buy more. This could save you a lot of money.