A house is not a home until you’ve injected it with a bit of your personality. It’s in the colours you add and the ornaments you choose. But what if your budget is limited? How do you still make the space your own without breaking the bank?
As children, we were kept busy with arts and crafts. Rediscover that creative child to add something home-made to every room in your house. It needn’t be difficult. For example, take off-cut pieces of wallpaper and frame them. It’s a simple idea but one that could create an extraordinary effect.
Another idea is to look at everyday items and think of new ways to use them. Rope, for instance, can be used in a myriad of ways. Elements from nature can be used too and they’ll add an earthy feel to a home.
Instead of discarding old items around the house, upcycle them. That’s taking something that’s old and no longer wanted, and turning it into something new. Take old lampshades and create cup holders; take old Vinyl records and create bowls. Or, reuse curtains to create cushions.
The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination. And you’re not only saving yourself money by doing this, but also being kind to the environment. It’s a win-win situation!
Scour flea markets
Flea markets can offer great finds at unbelievable prices. All you need is a little cash and a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning. There is bound to be a flea market within driving distance, so if you don’t know of one, ask around. A friend might be able to direct you to a market.
Swop with friends
You might not share a décor style with all your friends, but there might be one or two friends with a similar taste in décor than you. Get those friends together, then swop unwanted items. You can find anything from duvets to cookware like this – for free.
This swopping system is also a great way to declutter your home every season. We often hang on to things for much longer than we need to.