Written by: Benjamin Smith | Best Company Editorial Team
Last Updated: February 24th, 2020
Are you wanting to redecorate you space but don’t have the cash on-hand to do so?
Are you going to move soon and wanting to give your furniture and home decor a facelift?
If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you've come to the right place. In this article we will talk about a number of DIY ways that you can completely update your space on a tight budget.
First, take a step back and look at what things you have in your home. Do you have any pieces of furniture that need to go? Keep a discerning eye on any of the following items:
- Anything made with synthetic wood
- Real wood furniture that is broken beyond repair
- Old mattresses
- Extra pieces of furniture that you simply are not using that are just taking up space
Part of moving on is being willing to leave some things behind. If you are moving a long distance, it could be advantageous for you to invest in a new mattress. “Nothing makes a new space feel ‘new’ like a new mattress,” suggests Mike Glanz, Co-Founder and CEO of HireAHelper. Though this will cost a bit to replace, you will save some money during the moving process by lightening the load.
Once you have pared down you belongings to only the things that you truly love and use, you need to make a big decision — you need to pick a theme. What does that even mean?
To be honest, this could mean a number of different things for different people. For some it may be as simple as choosing a new color for the wall, whereas for others it may include every detail, down to choosing color or black and white pictures to go on the walls.
Meggan Fadden Wynja, Design Director and Co-Founder of Color Cord Company shares, “One of the most important things to keep in mind is that a new home represents a new chapter in your life. Moving is a chance to elevate or reshape your style, but straying from your comfort zone may be difficult at first.”
Wynja goes on by suggesting that you simply try rearranging your furniture to provide a new feel for your space. As you work towards establishing a theme, you should not feel like you have to do so all at once. Work on it over time, adding decorations piece by piece until you feel comfortable with the final product.
Sometimes the whole concept of moving and decorating a new space can seem daunting. You may feel that you need to go out and spend a lot of money to make sure that everything fits. More often than not, you can do just a couple things to make the space work feel homey with the furniture and decor that you already own.
One of the best ways to do this when restricted by a budget is to paint. Painting allows you to find a color that matches your decorating style. Lior Rachmany, CEO of Dumbo Moving + Storage, suggests sticking to some neutral colors when painting if you are afraid of taking the vibrant road. This is a safe way to make your space your own.
When you walk into a room for the first time, what are some of the first things that you notice? You may not have thought about it a lot, but a major component in a room is the lighting.
If you walk into a room and there is no natural light and the lights are fairly dim, you may feel trapped and a bit claustrophobic. Rachmany suggests installing appropriate lighting to help create a warm, yet modern feel. If the room is well-lit with both natural and fluorescent light, people usually feel that the room is bigger, cleaner, and has more of a fresh vibe.
Make sure that you find lighting that will set the right mood for each room in your home or apartment. Though changing a couple light fixtures or lightbulbs may sound simple, it can really make a difference.
As you take a look at the furniture that you have, does any of it just look too old? Have you ever wanted to throw it out? If you have old pieces of wooden furniture, it might just be time to put your DIY skills to the test.
“Furniture made from solid wood can be repaired or updated with paint and new hardware,” suggests Wynja. DIY projects aren’t as difficult as one might think. You can repurpose dressers, side tables, couches, chairs, and much more.
For ideas, spruce.com has hundreds of DIY hacks and tutorials to help you get started.
Decorations can cost a lot of money. Though they are fun, you can get discouraged fairly quickly once you see the amount at the cash register. Here are a couple of tips to help you avoid this frustration while creating a fun and fresh new feel for your home.
Glanz suggests a common decor trend during recent years that has been very successful is the use of fake succulent planters. You can pick up a planter container at a second hand store for next to nothing, fill it with some rocks or pebbles from your backyard, and add a couple of plastic succulents.
This is the ultimate “plant-hack” providing great decoration without the need for constant upkeep. “Every room looks better with a little greenery in it,'' adds Glanz. No longer do you have to be afraid of killing your plants; they won’t be alive anyway.
What are you waiting for?
Yes moving and redecorating can be tedious tasks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it! If you are worried about your move, here is an article to help you avoid the most common moving mistakes.
Remember, you have all of the tools you need to make this fresh start a postive experience for you.