Maybe you’ve got the money to design your dream home. Maybe not. The good news is, you can still create an amazing space that looks like it was designed by an interior designer—and at a fraction of the cost. Follow these 10 tips for creating a stunning living space on the cheap and enjoy every minute!
Consider your budget
The budget is an important factor in home design. How much you want to spend on your new home is up to you, but it’s also important to be realistic about your budget so that you don’t end up overspending.
You can still have a stylish and beautiful home even if you don’t have a lot of money to work with!
Measure your space
Measure your space. It’s important to know the size of your home, because it will help you determine what furniture can fit in a room, and what kind of decorating style would work best for each room. To do this, measure each wall and note down its dimensions on paper or in an app like Evernote (which is free). When measuring, make sure that you include all walls, windows and doors–and don’t forget about any built-in features like cabinets or shelving units!
Once all measurements are noted down on paper or in an app like Evernote (which is free), take a picture of them so that they’re easily accessible later when planning out how much paint or wallpaper needs applying where. This way if something changes while shopping around at stores like Home Depot®or Lowe’s®, then all those hard work won’t go down the drain just because someone changed their mind about where certain items should go within their home based on new information learned from friends/family members who visited recently.
Use a tape measure and note pad to map out the space
The first step to designing a room is to measure the space. Use a tape measure and note pad, and make sure all of your measurements are written down in order for you to remember them later on.
Next, sketch out the dimensions of your room using whatever tools work best for you–whether it’s pencils or markers or crayons! Draw everything from furniture placement all the way down to wall art and lighting fixtures (if applicable).
Take a look at your current furniture and decor
Take a look at your current furniture and decor. If you don’t like it, change it! You can paint or cover old pieces with fabric or repurpose them as something else entirely. If you like the way things are now, keep them as is and don’t worry about changing anything for now–your budget may allow for new purchases later on (in which case we’ll help).
If you need some money-saving tips when it comes time to buy new things, consider reupholstering existing chairs or couches instead of buying new ones; this will save money while still giving the appearance of luxury in your home environment. Also keep an eye out for good deals on used furniture: Craigslist often has great deals on gently used items that are still in excellent condition!
Be realistic about what you can do yourself and what will require the help of professionals
You should be realistic about what you can do yourself and what will require the help of professionals. If you’re not sure, take a look at your current furniture and decor, then try to imagine how they would look in different colors. This will help guide your decision on whether or not to paint or change any other parts of your home that might be outdated or worn out.
If there are certain rooms in which you want more light than others (i.e., an office), consider installing window treatments like blinds or shades so as not to block out too much sunlight when it enters through those windows during daytime hours.
Think about the style of room you want to create
The first step to creating a new room is deciding what kind of style you want to create. You can go with a classic look or try something more eclectic, like a Moroccan-inspired room or even an ode to modern art. Whatever your preference, this step will help narrow down your choices and make it easier for you when purchasing furniture and other decor items later on.
Decide on your color scheme. Paint is pretty inexpensive, so why not paint all four walls in one color? Or choose one accent wall for an even more dramatic effect? Or use one color on the ceiling, another on the trim and another on the flooring? The sky’s the limit! However you decide to bring color into your home, there are plenty of options that won’t break your budget.
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A stylish space doesn’t have to be expensive
The first step to creating a stylish space on the cheap is not being afraid of color. You don’t have to be afraid of mixing and matching different shades, or using one bold color on one wall, or even going with a bright hue on the ceiling (or flooring!).
- Mixing and matching colors is an easy way to make your home look more sophisticated without spending too much money. If you’re unsure which shades go well together, try using an online tool like Color Scheme Designer or Coolors that allows users to choose from thousands of options based on their preferences.
- One way I’ve incorporated this concept into my own home decorating is by choosing furniture pieces in different hues from each other–for example, I have a black sofa next to white chairs with purple throw pillows because those three colors complement each other beautifully without clashing too much visually.*
So what’s the takeaway? The key to creating a stylish space that doesn’t break your budget is to be creative and use what you have. If you want to add some color or patterned wallpaper, then do it! It’s a great way to liven up an otherwise boring room without spending too much money on new furniture or decorations. If all else fails, at least try painting one wall different than the rest of the house–this simple step can make all the difference when it comes time for guests over!