The coziest homes are not necessarily the ones that have received the most expensive makeovers. While a designer’s touch can do wonders for a space, it’s not always affordable. However, the idea of having a nurturing space that can offer respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life is far too important to abandon just because our pockets are not deep enough. Instead, we can focus on smaller projects and make little improvements that can actually do tons of good to a home.
We’ve compiled some easy ways for you to start personalizing your home and give it a welcoming feel. Just remember: to achieve great things on a tight budget, you need to be creative.
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5 Easy Ways to Spruce up your Home on a Budget
Say it with color
Pale pastels and nature-like neutrals are known for having a positive effect on an occupant’s state of mind, hence their extensive use in interior design.
According to Pantone, which pretty much rules the world of color with their seasonal report on what’s hot and trending, this season is all about simplicity and natural inspiration. Aquamarine, soft blues, minty greens, and warm tangerine are good color options that will easily turn your home into a soothing retreat.
If you decide to go with a pastel color palette for your home, you can always use bold colors as accent. A brightly colored living room sofa can be easily used to add vigor and style to any interior.
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For a home to be comfortable, it needs to be warm, airy, and well lit. If you’re lucky enough to have large windows, make sure they stay unobstructed for natural illumination. You can use some sheer drapery to add warmth to the room while still letting natural light in.
As for artificial light sources, the options are endless and range from highly decorative to totally functional, from low priced items to expensive pieces of art. Vintage stores and antique shops are a golden resource for those decorating on a budget.
Professional Tip: For contemporary home designs created with the busy professional in mind, use a combination of general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting to achieve a practical and aesthetic effect.
Sometimes it’s all in the details
You can easily spruce up interiors by dressing up walls with expressive art or photo frames. Wall decals are also an inspired solution if you’re aiming for a quick makeover of a bedroom, for example. Wall art plus plush bedding and some cozy window furnishings can help you achieve that perfect spot for daydreaming.
Incorporate seasonal home décor
Autumn brings in a greater harvest than all the other seasons. We mean a harvest in terms of natural décor that you can use to revamp your quarters on a dime. Twigs, leaves and branches, pebbles, pumpkins and potted shrubs, all make ingenious home décor contributions that will render your home unique.
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Get your inspiration from nature
A smart idea that would help you transform your home without breaking the bank is to incorporate natural materials such as minimally processed woods, stones, and plant life, in your design scheme. More than just an aesthetic improvement, live greenery creates a healthier living environment for you and your family. Orchids make excellent home plants, being both vigorous and elegant, just like flamingo lilies and English ivy.
Also, when your budget is rather limited but you still want to give your interior décor the wow factor, consider introducing an exposed brick or a stone accent wall. These add both richness and an interesting vibe that will surely make your home stand out from the crowd.
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PS: When you embark on remodeling projects, whether seasonal adjustments or floor-to-ceiling revamps, it’s essential that you have a plan. Know exactly what you want to achieve with your re-design scheme and jot down all the steps to make sure you have all the necessary elements lined up.
Amalia Otet is a creative writer for Point2 Homes, exploring topics such as smart construction, housing trends, lifestyle, and renewable energy. She combines her passion for photography with her love of healthy living & interior design and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time.
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