You don’t need a king’s ransom to have the power to transform your home sweet home into your private castle. Suffusing your environment with your unique style and treasured mementos can create a customized look that remains safely within your budget. Planning, choosing, and arranging your space and personal items are important first steps in creating a castle on a shoestring.
Create your own castle on a shoestring budget!
First of all, form a design direction by making a list of what your dream room would look like and locate the problem areas in your space. Write out a budget and prioritize the importance of the items you’ll need. Begin by budgeting for the biggest items such as appliances, furniture, new counter tops, or flooring first. Then analyze where there are cheaper alternatives. Budget-shopping techniques, such as using a slipcover instead of purchasing a new couch, can transform boring articles into stylish accents.
Bargain Hunt From Your Very Own Home
Decorating smartly can be easily done through great online resources that offer accessories that can wow while cutting your shopping expenses by as much as half. Each of these websites accepts credit cards online, and in many cases they offer free shipping as well.
Look for bargains each week at Walmart for an enormous selection of covers that will fit most furniture shapes and tastes including pet-friendly solutions and sizing assistance in a multitude of fabrics, colors, and styles.
High-quality and inexpensive window treatment that adapt to myriad tastes and sizes can be found at JC Penny. Here you can shop cheap chic with topnotch designer styles from decorating royalty such as Jonathan Adler and Martha Stewart. Save even more with a huge variety of clearance items and big discount coupons.
Fun and fancy or practical, most accessories that can brighten up your décor can be found for a song on Home Decorators Collection.
Color Your World
Paint is one of the most inexpensive home decorating materials. Choose bold paint colors to add interest to a room for only a few dollars. Paint furniture in your room so that mismatched items look like a set. Use paint on the cabinets or vanity to transform a kitchen or bathroom inexpensively without any construction. Look for deals on popular Benjamin Moore paints through Janovic.
The fun site Less2Decorate.com can offer low prices to customers because of their high-volume wholesale relationship with vendors through a family of building and decorating eCommerce businesses. This easy-to-navigate website also sells wallpaper and decorating tools at deep discounts.
Don’t Be Intimidated by DIY
The first and perhaps most economical way to get started to creating a beautiful home as inexpensively as possible means that you do most of it yourself. You will cut labor cost by becoming your very own perfect employee. DIY skills are well worth the extra YouTube time you will spend learning to become a handy-person. It’s not as hard as it looks, and these days, retailers and Maker spaces and FabLabs offer classes, workshops, and access to tools like sewing machines and laser cutters.
Use your savings for a crown — just so the family remembers who is boss!
You can feel like the ruler of your roost when you use your space to express your biggest life style visions without bursting your banking bubble. You’ll then turn home sweet home into your personal castle!
Sarah Boisvert writes on a wide variety of topics from home furnishings to home finance. She also covers technology including mobile platforms and 3D printing.