Having seen pretty much every cent that I had on buying me new home this time 2 years ago, I had nothing left in the pot to actually decorate the place, I barely had enough to cover the furniture to be honest. Whilst understanding that this is part of the journey of being a homeowner, around 6 months ago I’d had enough of wood chip walls and lino, and decided to do some home design work, with a limited budget. I knew that I wasn’t going to turn my house into some Gary Friedman masterpiece like what you’d see on his Restoration Hardware website, but I thought I’d give it a go. The first thing that I needed, was a little inspiration, and here is where I went to find it.
Social media app Pinterest is absolutely brilliant for anyone looking to find hacks on decorating their home on a budget. There are some highly intelligent people out there with an eye for design who have kindly shred their wonderful ideas on making your home look great, while saving money. Admittedly, looking out on Pinterest can be tough because for every person posting budget hacks, there is someone posting incredible things which they have done in the home, most of which are far from being classed as ‘budget’. If however, you can sift through the masterpieces, you can find some great ideas to make your home look great on a budget.
I use Facebook a lot but I had never really considered using it to find decorating ideas, how wrong I was. In fact there are many Facebook groups which have been set up that are wholly dedicated to sharing top tips and budget hacks to help you get some inspiration for your home design. If you have a browse through the groups you’ll see a great many of them, some private, some open. Even the private groups accepted me straight away and I had some great conversations with people who really wanted to help me get the look I wanted in my home, and save money whilst I was doing it.
Planning Your Time
Looking around the shops can give you some inspiration in terms of what kind of looks and colors to go for, but the prices still remain the same. With this in mind then, I would recommend that you go to the shops just after Christmas, or as the seasons change. When this happens, this shops start clearing out all of their old season looks and styles, to usher in the new season. This is the perfect time for anyone who is decorating on a budget, to pick up some great bargains. Let’s be honest, whilst the shops must care about whether their stock is in style or not, us consumers are far less worried about it and we can use this opportunity to pick up some great budget pieces.