One of the best parts of moving into your new home? Making it yours! Whether you greet the prospect of interior design with excitement or anxiety, here are some on-trend, budget-friendly design tips for different areas of your new home.
Budget-Friendly Design Tips for Your New Home
2021 has been a year of comfort, coziness, and bright colors. And as we move into summer, it doesn’t seem like there will be too many significant changes. That being said, your style is your own, and whatever parts of that you bring into your home will be the best choice!
If you’re designing on a budget (because moving can be expensive), here are some ideas to get you started in different areas of your home you can build on as time goes by.
Whether you have a grand foyer or a small area of the wall by your front door, it’s one of the first things you and your guests will see of your home. This is a great place to let your personality shine through. Here are a few budget-friendly ideas to get your space started:
To add storage. No matter where you are in your house, you’ll want to find ways to introduce storage into the decor. For entryways, it can be a simple three-legged IKEA stool with a small dish for your keys and a hook on the wall for your purse. Think about how you want to stash your stuff and see if you already have the materials you need to make something that works and makes you happy.
To create space. Adding a mirror to space can make it seem more significant. From small round mirrors to more oversized mirrors in ornate or colorful frames, you’ll have a way to make your space seem bigger and a chance to make sure nothing is stuck in your teeth as you whisk your way out of the house.
Whether it’s dinner for one or six, having a separate space to eat that’s NOT bent over the kitchen sink (no judgment) can help you mentally turn the page on a new part of your day. This is especially true if you work from home and you don’t have the commute to tune out the day and get ready to transition to home.
To add comfort. A chair cushion goes a long way. So whether you already have a dining room set or you’re looking for one, don’t skimp on cushions for your chairs. You can make them yourself with fabric that you love ( and a sewing machine and a little fiberfill!), or you can use vintage throw-pillows you can find on online resale stores and craft stores like Micheals and Joanns.
To add storage. A dining room hutch, shelves, or even an old dresser, can all add personality and storage to your dining room. If you lack storage in your new space, then having drawers or shelves will help you stash table cloths, placemats, candles, candleholders, or anything else you have that you don’t use every night. Add a plant and some candles on top, and your space is instantly cozy and perfect for good conversation.
To add personality. Paint can be expensive, but you don’t have to paint the entire room to achieve the desired effect! Painting one wall, often called an accent wall, can help bring big personality to any space.
To add comfort. If you’re not quite ready to buy a whole set of living room furniture, consider the comfort and coziness of giant floor pillows. A low coffee table and a pile of comfortable oversized floor cushions create a comfy, cozy vibe, no matter what time of year it is.
The best tip is to make it yours!
Remember that you can get second-hand items to use right away if you’re on a budget while saving your money to buy sets and accessories that you want. Several Instagram accounts and YouTube channels are dedicated to quick craft projects you can do to help spruce up your space with items you either already have or things that are easy and budget-friendly to purchase in most craft stores.
The real key to making your house a home is the conversations, the games, the movie nights, the breakfasts–the million little moments you share every day. If you can’t afford a lavish sectional couch right now, that’s ok! Instead, make a plan to save and use things that get the job done for now.