Decorating can be a lot of fun, but when you’re doing a home makeover on a budget, it can be hard to get the look you’ve been dreaming of. If you’re a fan of the Pinterest aesthetic, or the decor you see in interior design magazines, then what you can recreate yourself might feel lacking. However, with some clever tricks, you can decorate your home like a designer.
- Invest in furniture that you love. When furnishing your home, take your time. Waiting for the right pieces is worth the price and the time. The right pieces are far more important than owning a lot of pieces. Don’t buy something just to feel a space, and instead hold out for furniture that you really love. If you’re on a budget, check estate sales, flea markets, vintage stores, and online marketplaces.
- Stay organised. One of the keys to high end interior design is not to let clutter build up. You never see clutter in highly designed rooms. Have a major clear-out to get rid of the clutter. If you don’t love something, donate it, sell it, or throw it out. If you’re redecorating, a clean slate is a good place to start. By clearing the space, you’ll have more options for layouts, and a clearer idea of what you can do.
- Bring the outside in. Add live plants and other greenery to your rooms. Plants help to add life, warmth, and character to a space. They’re also a great way to add color, and bring a fresh feeling to a room. You could add fresh herbs to the kitchen, succulents in the bathroom, or potted plants in the living room.
- Prioritise lighting. Lighting can make a huge difference, and it’s an area of decor where you can have a little fun. You can add a lot of character with a striking lamp or chandelier. The right light fixture can also function as an art piece. Use lighting to create mood; add brighter, white lights for a modern space, or go more orange to create a cosy vibe.
- Don’t over design. If you’ve been looking around for inspiration, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with different ideas. Use Pinterest and magazines as a resource to figure what design elements you are drawn to, but don’t try and use every idea that you like into one room. Your home should feel curated, not like you crammed a Pinterest board in there.
- Hang art. Art brings a touch of sophistication to your room. Spend time looking for the right pieces. Buy pieces that move you, and that use colors that will complement the space you have in mind for them. Many people hang art too high. To avoid this mistake, hang your artwork at eye level. Art is a fantastic way to show off your personality and your taste as well as creating something interesting to look at in the room.
With a few careful decisions, you can decorate like a designer and have a home to be proud of.