I wish I had the capabilities to see everything I love for a house and buy it all there and then, but sadly it's just not possible for me. I know there's quite a few people out there in the same situation too, so I thought I'd give my tips on how to decorate on a budget.
Know When To Spend:
I'm a firm believer in being thrifty around the house, but there's certain situations when you just should spend a little extra. Paint, for example; I've used cheaper options from B&M in the past, only for it to wear away a lot quicker or having to do so many coats you end up spending more anyway, which is especially true if you're going for all white walls like me. The same is with areas like laminate flooring; if you make the investment it will last a lot longer, rather than chipping away or fading. Save the money by roping in friends and family to help you paint and lay the flooring.
Mix Second Hand With New:
I was lucky enough to be able to borrow or be given money to buy myself a few new items of furniture, such as a couple of new sofas, but the most of my furniture has been bought second hand. By raiding the charity shops and vintage fairs, I've managed to find most of my furniture for £20 and under, despite it probably being worth quite a lot more. I think my home has a pretty good mix of the two, and it makes for a more interesting home too!
Recycle & Reuse:
I love a good afternoon getting crafty with items, as you may have guessed from my latest copper updates post. There is A LOT of junk out there, especially if you like perusing around the charity shops and car boots like I do, but if you keep an open mind, anything can be turned into something more your style with a quick lick of paint or altering. It's also incredibly easy to whip up a few cushions or some curtains if you have some nice material, although having a sewing machine may be a little easier.
Freecycle is a fantastic website where people can list stuff they basically just want to get rid of, so it's all free. I've used this myself to get rid of old items, and a quick "thank you" and make sure you keep to the times you planned to collect, as well as being polite, and you can usually transform a room for free. I've given away paint, furniture and electrical items, so it's a good idea to keep your group bookmarked and check it daily if you're in need of a certain thing.
If you don't have the money for little decorations or bits and bobs, add a few plants. Get to a nursery or Wilkinson's and you can add a great amount of colour and interest by just buying a few plants. I'm a great advocate of this, I have a plant on pretty much every surface in my home.
Take It Slow:
Probably the most important point of all is to take it slow. Don't blow all your budget every month because you're getting a little impatient with how your home is looking, because we've all been there. If you've moved into an unfurnished place, it will take some time to get it how you like it, and sadly that's just the way it is! Don't rush into it, and that way you can plan exactly how you'd like it, spend some time researching everything and get it spot on.
What are your tips for decorating on a budget?