Decorating on an Extreme Budget After Christmas
20 Dec 2022
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Decorating on an extreme budget can be a good way to make sure you don’t overspend. But often, it’s a necessity after Christmas. Yet winter is still a good time to do it. Here are some tips.
Look for End of Year Sales
Of course, almost every DIY and furniture store tries to reel you in after the holidays. Some are just getting rid of old stock. While others, like MyHome Furniture, offer genuinely generous sales of great items at reduced prices. So if you want to decorate your home in winter, hold off until the end-of-year sales, where you can get great discounts on everything from lampshades to dining tables. That’s if Christmas and increased energy bills haven’t cleared you out, of course!
Decide on a Specific Style
Choosing your décor is the first step to making a beautiful home since every choice you make for decorating will depend on the style you choose. You need to choose the colours of the paint, any patterns you want to use, and things like rugs and curtains to add to the room. All of these have to do with certain styles that you need to learn more about. But if you know what kind of décor you like, it’s much easier to make these decisions and incorporate extra items.
Reuse when Decorating on an Extreme Budget
If you know how you can use most things more than once. But it can be hard to do so. You see, fixing things up and reusing them is a skill. And one that can be hard to get good at. Items bought at an antique market, given as gifts, or thrown away can all be used again. When decorating on a budget, it helps to know how to give an old piece of furniture a new lease on life. Even if it’s just a matter of cleaning something, it’s a great way to help the environment.
Change Lampshades Rather than the Lighting
Lighting can make a big difference in how a room looks. But it can be expensive to put in new fixtures and fittings. But changing your lamp shades and giving your lamp bases a new look can be a good way to spruce up your space without spending a lot of cash. You can break up neutral tones in a room by adding colour and pattern with just a lampshade. Or, depending on the style of the lamp, you can make statement pieces that add charm to a room right away.
Keep It Simple and Neutral
When you’re decorating on a budget and getting new furniture, you can save a lot of money by keeping things simple and neutral. Neutral colours and simple pieces are often a lot cheaper than ones with a lot of detail. But if you use colour, patterns, and lighting correctly, you can hide boring furniture so well that it’s hard to tell it’s there. For example, you can use long curtains, place throws and pillows carefully, and use a good rug to tie a room together.
If you are making some changes after Christmas, you will probably be decorating on an extreme budget. So, look for end-of-year sales, reuse what you can and remember to keep it simple.
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