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10 Tips To Decorate Your Home On A Budget - Part II

24th Aug 2016

10 Budget Decorating Tips For Savvy Home Designers

In our last blog post, we had an in-depth look at 5 different budget-friendly decorating tips that all you DIY designers can use. Now, we’re back with 5 more that’ll be sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Read on for some budget-friendly home design tips that will no doubt help transform your interiors without breaking the bank.

Tip #6: Get Crafty, Think DIY

Crafting and going DIY can be fun and satisfying ways to decorate your home on a budget, as well as ensure that your freshly decorated home is filled with decor and accessories that are highly personal and reflective of you.

Cycling through decorations, creating unique and handmade items, or repurposing current decor are all simple ways to save some money during a home design project. Putting on my creative cap and thinking about making my own decorations (aka, browsing through the internet for a bit of inspiration) led me to tablescapes, painting timber blinds or roller blinds, and repurposing old quilts as cushion covers.

How To Create A Tablescape

Tablescapes are miniature collages or collections of decorations that can be easily displayed for a short period of time and then switched out for other different table designs. The holidays are an easy reference here, as Christmas decor has been used to adorn tables for lunch and supper on Christmas Day, but tablescapes can also be used for other festive occasions too, ranging from Australia Day, Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and even other special events like birthdays and Mother’s Day too.

Find a display table.

Whether it’s a coffee table, dining table, or shelf in the main room, a tablescape can also be influenced by the type of table it occupies. If you’re looking for a more long-term table installation, personalised nightstands can be a fantastic surface upon which you can create micro tablescapes that won’t get in the way of your day-to-day. These can also make great housewarming gifts for friends and loved ones.

Brainstorm a few tablescape ideas.

If you’re from a creative family, each person may like to create their own tablescape alongside you or help with brainstorming ideas for your own project. Think along the lines of similar items or decorations that adhere to the interior design scheme of your home or are in alignment with any themes for your budget home decoration plans. Pairing together tchotchkes with family photos works well as a starting point.

Get to work!

Now, it’s time to craft and get to work. The fun part! Upon completion, store the scapes in an easy-to-access place so that they can be switched out with ease.

How To Paint Blinds

After shopping online for timber venetian blinds or even roller blinds in a neutral colour, you can add an artistic touch by painting the surface with acrylic paint. From full colour murals to delicate details, a painted set of blinds can be quite beautiful and an incredibly unique addition to your home’s decor. Plus, purchasing a solid coloured blind first and then adding your own craft will be far more budget-friendly than purchasing blinds that come with printed designs.

Pick the roller blind.

Select a roller blind that matches the look you desire. Be sure to think about what base colour you’d like your blinds to have, as well as which material you’d like to work with. Here at Quickfit, we have a huge selection of roller blinds in all colours, as well as some sturdy white timber-look venetian blinds that may work perfectly as a blank canvas upon which you can create some truly unique and eye-catching designs.

Choose the paint.

Water-based acrylic paint works best on roller blind material. As this paint is also non-toxic and easily removable, you don’t need to worry about making any mistakes along the way or applying coats that are too heavy for your interiors. Don’t forget your paint brushes too! Be sure to consider what sizes and shapes of brush will be best suited to your intended design plans.

Practice on a scrap.

When you receive a roller blind from Quickfit, it comes in a larger size that can be measured and cut to fit your window frame exactly. After measuring and cutting your blind, practice painting on the scraps to determine how much paint will be absorbed, how different colours appear, and to get the pattern down just right.

Get to work.

A good online tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens suggests using stencils to decorate blinds if you aren’t comfortable crafting by free-hand. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the final look of your blinds as they hang in your home and complement the rest of your style.

How to Repurpose Old Quilts

I don’t know about you, but I have a few quilts gifted through the generations sitting in a hall closet. Instead of purchasing new pillows and throws for my lounge furniture, I decided instead to put these old quilts to use so that their gorgeous fabric could live on in my interior spaces.

It’s a pretty easy thing to do and didn’t cost any more money from my small-budget pocket.

What other ways have you repurposed things around the house to give them an upgrade? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Tip #7: Strategise Furniture As Storage

We here at Quickfit Blinds & Curtains love multifunctional furniture. That’s why our innovative blockout curtains are amongst some of our favourite window coverings. Their double layering doesn’t just block out external light, but can also support the sound and heat insulation of your home.

There are, of course, some pieces of furniture that are multifunctional just by their design, just like our blockout curtains.

Great Multifunctional Furniture Pieces

Save space without sacrificing much needed storage by purchasing these essential multipurpose furniture pieces.

A Sleeper Sofa or Futon

No room for a guest bedroom in the house? No worries. A sleeper sofa doubles as a sofa and a bed that can be pulled out when needed. Slumber parties, mother-in-law moving in, and a movie day are three reasons the sofa bed is a good choice for any modern home design plans.

Storage Benches

Like to kick up your feet at night or hang out with guests in a small space? A storage bench triples as a seating space, foot rest, and storage space, making them perfectly suited for both townhouses, apartments, and even as part of a larger outdoor living setup.

Bookshelf Room Dividers

Break up a bigger space into smaller spaces by using bookshelves that can also hold your most treasured literature, trinkets, and memorabilia.

Curtains To Conceal Storage Boxes

As I was writing this post, I remembered one way I used to use curtains that are not within the traditional intent. During my childhood, I would play hide-and-seek with my siblings and would use the long, drop curtains in my childhood home as a perfect and seamless hiding space. Installing decorative full-length curtains across storage areas in your home, can ensure your home stays elegant and free from clutter year-round.

Tip #8: Use Memorabilia

A thoughtful living space tends to be more comfortable, cozy, and homey. If you have kids, chances are they have brought home a school project that is proudly hanging in the kitchen. If you have grandparents who have passed, you may have decor items from their homes that now decorate yours.

Memorabilia is a free way to update your home’s look and feel whilst holding true to the things that are most special to you. There are many ways to decorate using memories; keep reading to see how you can use curtains bought online to highlight all your much-loved memorabilia.

Connecting Curtains & Blinds to Memorabilia

A Gifted Quilt

Draped across my bed is a quilt my aunt gifted my husband and I on our wedding day. It features exquisite purples, greens, creams, and silvers stitched eloquently and with love. Now that it is ours, we redecorated our bedroom to complement this quilt. We chose a cream pencil pleat blockout curtain with hidden texture to complement this standout quilt without distracting from its beauty and singular presence.

Photos or Art with a Theme

Whether you choose to frame photos from your last big family gathering or hang up some handmade artwork, connecting curtains and blinds to the art can be as simple as connecting it to the quilt. Find a similar colour that translates across all your photos or wall art, and choose a curtain colour that both complements and accentuates these wall coverings. Bringing the room together makes it look purposeful instead of cluttered, an ultimate goal for redecorating and something you should always keep in mind when buying new curtains online.

Budget Decorating Tip #9: Splurge When Necessary

Redecorating a home is a fun project for many of the people we encounter each day. Whether you are in the process of remodeling large spaces or are in the mood to update and refresh the decor of a room or two, you are in the right place.

Quickfit is here to help you save money while redecorating because decorating on a budget matters. However, as one of Australia’s most trusted retailers for home decor, we also have a responsibility to express that it’s okay to splurge on some big purchases, especially when buying home design essentials that need to stand the test of time.

Spend Money Where Necessary, Save Everywhere Else

Window Treatments

Could you guess that we love window treatments? We encourage all readers and decorators to splurge on window treatments because this is not the type of purchase you should make over and over again. Now, let us be clear: we are in the market for affordable blinds and curtains. It is still possible to get high quality materials without spending an entire fortune (check out the selection online for blinds and curtains), but it is also possible to buy cheap window treatments that will need to be replaced each and every year. We want to help you avoid this blunder. Splurging on window treatments may seem unnecessary, but there are plenty of reasons to have high-quality blinds and curtains in your home.

Appliances

When it comes to day-to-day functionality in the home, it pays to splurge on the appliances that you use the most. A good refrigerator will last for decades, an efficient dishwasher will clean quicker with less water, and a high-quality HVAC system will keep you comfortable without skyrocketing monthly bills. Pay for the quality upfront, and watch the savings grow throughout the years.

Think 3:1

For every one item you splurge on, you should aim to save on the next three items. This ratio will help you keep to your budget alongside allowing you to spend a little more when you need to.

Tip #10: Start With What You Own

Finally, whether you’re going through an entire home remodel or a quick refresh of a room or two, it’s important to be conscious of what you can repurpose and save before tossing it in the trash for something brand new. There are things that should be bought new and splurged on, such as buying curtains online or appliances, but there are many other things around the house that can be repurposed in fun and eco-friendly ways.

How To Repurpose Things Around The House

Determine The End Goal

Ask yourself this simple question: what is missing from this room? Do you want an end table on either side of your couch, a headboard behind your bed, some wall art to mitigate a painfully blank space, or a second set of sheer curtains behind your thick blockouts?

By first deciding what exactly will be needed, it’ll be easier to walk around the house to find the items necessary to complete this repurposing project. For example, a friend of mine recently created a headboard for her son’s room by wrapping old t-shirts around square pieces of wood and hanging them on the wall behind the bed. This DIY headboard is cute, memorable, and easy, three great adjectives for a repurposed project.

Think Outside The Box

By opening your mind to think of different uses for common household items, you are encouraging resourcefulness both within yourself as well as to your wider family. Instead of seeing a broken ladder as trash, you can see it as shelving for your favourite photos. Instead of seeing a wooden chair with broken legs as wood to be burned, you can see it as a new porch swing with the addition of some rope and hooks. Not only will staying resourceful make you a better global citizen, but it can also help you and your household potentially save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long term.

Get Crafty

This budget-friendly tip brings out the craft side within all of us, so embrace the creativity. Did you accidentally break a plate? Use the pieces to create a mosaic picture frame or planter. There are endless possibilities that can transform a boring or broken element of your home into some fresh new decor.

This concludes our blog series of our 10 most popular Budget Decorating Tips.

Check out Part I of the series by following the link above, or start shopping online for curtains and blinds to kickstart budget-friendly home decoration project today!