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Decorating your home can be really fun and a great chance to play around with new interior design trends, while injecting a little bit of your own personality in the process. If you’ve lived in your house for a while, you may be tired of the current decor. Or perhaps you’ve spent all of your savings on a brand new home and are in need of some money-saving interior decorating tips. Whatever your situation, we have 6 great ideas on ways in which you can decorate and improve your home’s interior, without completely breaking the bank.

Interior Decorating Tips On A Budget

First thing’s first, setting a budget should be your number one priority. Without mapping out exactly what you have to spend and allocating it to the different things you’d like to do, it can be extremely easy to go over budget.

If you’ve decorated rooms before, you’ll know how easy it can be to get carried away and buy things without really considering if you can actually afford it. Organisation is key, as without it, your interior decorating will fall flat before you’ve really had a chance to begin. There are many budgeting tools online, such as this decorating design planner from Inspired To Style. Setting out a concrete budget plan will help you to remain on track and set aside money for all of the things you’d like to do.

Get Inspired

Before we get going, take a second to get inspired and put together some basic design ideas. You may have a specific aesthetic you’d like to achieve or a simple theme you’re wanting to touch on; either way, collect some magazines or trawl through Pinterest to set those interior design plans in motion. Take a look at this article from Antonia Lowe Interiors on the best interior design magazines, to help point you in the right direction. Alternatively, why not scroll through some of these inspiring interior design Pinterest boards to give you some ideas;

Putting specific design ideas in place will help to save money, as the desire to splash out on pieces that don’t end up tying in with your overall look will be kept to a minimum. Once you have your plans in place and a budget set, it’s time to look at specific ideas which will breathe life into your interior design project.

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1. Replace Interior Doors

Interior doors have the ability to make or break the first impression of any home. More often than not, they are the first thing that you’ll see on entering a property, so they are a great area to tackle if you are looking to do some interior decorating.

While this may not sound like a particularly cost-effective interior design tip, it doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Internal doors range in style and price, enabling you to choose some that fit in with your budget. There are a huge range of retailers that sell doors for interiors, so you’ll be spoilt for choice if this is something that you’d like to allocate money on. Take a look at the range from Door Store, for a large variety of styles and colours, or for something a little different, check out the mirrored doors from archiproducts; we love the idea of these to really open up a room.

If you don’t know where to begin, have a look at this article from Vibrant Doors, guiding you through the considerations to make when picking new interior doors.

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2. Feature walls

This is a great way to save money but make a big impact on any room in your house. Feature walls can really transform a space, through the use of a vibrant colour, a wall decal or even textured paint; the possibilities are endless.

Paint is probably the most commonly used method when creating a feature wall. A simple lick of paint is both inexpensive and easily altered should you wish to change colours at some point in the future. Feature walls have really come into their own in recent times, with interior trends incorporating geometric painted shapes and lines, as opposed to merely painting an entire space. With a little investment in some decorating tape, there’s no end to the designs you can incorporate with a painted feature wall. Take a look at some of these amazing examples from freshome and you’ll soon see what we mean!

On the subject of paint, why not opt for one with a little texture? This isn’t for everyone but is another way to create a strikingly eye-catching feature wall at an affordable price. From suede textured to concrete effect paints, there are a host of ways to create a completely new aesthetic by injecting some texture into a space.

Wall decals and stickers have been popular for a long time in children’s rooms, but why stop there? When thinking about livening up a room and changing the interior design, a wall decal is an affordable way to do it. Wall Art have some great designs that are suitable for every area in your home.

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3. Consider A Loft Conversion

This might seem a bit out of place on a money saving list, but believe us when we say, it’s one of the best ways to create a brand new space while increasing the value of your home. As broken down in this article from This is Money, a loft conversion can offer a 71% return on investment, so if you have the budget, this is definitely an interior improvement well worth considering.

Having carried out hundreds of loft conversions in Bedford, we can confirm that a loft conversion can be completed in a minimum of 4 weeks, dependant on the size of your property and chosen design. As well as this, being at the top of your property, they are out of the way meaning that the construction won’t distract or interrupt your everyday life. A loft conversion can be used for anything from a new bedroom with an en-suite to a recreational games room or extra living room.

4. New Accessories

Another cost-effective idea and more than easy to achieve. Investing in a few different accessories and adding them to a specific room or around your home can make a huge difference to the overall design. These can be as small or as lavish as you choose, fitting in with your budget depending on how much you would like to allocate. Some of the most transformative accessories in terms of design are the following:

  • Lighting – New lights are a great way to incorporate a specific design trend while filling spaces with attractive features. Whether you choose to implement this particular accessory through ceiling lights, lampshades or spotlights, each have the ability to dictate the ambience and overall feel of a room.
  • Art – Possibly the best way to put your own stamp on a space, whether it be a large A1 poster, a series of small framed pictures or an original canvas. Artwork can tie in colour schemes as well as a specific trend, while decorating dead space that would otherwise be left empty. Check out Print Club London for a range of art in many different mediums.
  • Mirrors – A proven way to open up a space and reflect natural light; mirrors are a fantastic way to make smaller rooms look bigger than they are, while creating a focal point within any room. Keep it simple or jazz up the decor a little with something a tad more decorative. Take a look at the range from Graham and Green, and see what takes your fancy.
  • Plants – Not only do plants help to filter the air in a room and create a cleaner environment within your home, they provide really attractive features, whether on a coffee table, mantlepiece or window ledge. Succulents and Cacti have made a big comeback in recent years, particularly when it comes to interior design trends, so why not jump on the bandwagon and add some to your home? Alfresco Style have a great range to choose from at really affordable prices.

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5. Replace Your Flooring

Do you have carpets covered in stains, rugs that have seen better days or floorboards marked with scratches? Although the initial upheaval of getting flooring replaced can seem like a real pain, the benefits will far outweigh any short-term hassle.

New flooring can dramatically improve the look of any room or space, including stairs and hallways, so it’s a great aspect to focus on. If for example, you can’t afford to take on multiple interior decorating projects, by concentrating on updating your flooring, you’ll be ultimately improving your entire house and will see the difference throughout.

6. New Handles

If you don’t have the budget to fit new kitchen cabinets or bathroom suites, why not look into updating the handles and fittings? This is a small but effective way of rejuvenating a space and repurposing old items to give them a new lease of life.

New handles, particularly, can add little touches across a room but make a large difference. Incorporate colours or trends in this subtle way, and you’ll be able to transform a room completely. The range from contain marble, copper and glass handles, as well as design trends such as geometric, vintage and modern; illustrating perfectly just how much of a difference they can make.

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Your Affordable Interior Design Journey Starts Now

We hope you’re now sufficiently armed with enough interior design ideas, magazines and Pinterest boards to get you going on your money saving decorating mission. There are so many ways in which you can save money while decorating, from establishing a budget, deciding on trends and working through each room one by one. If you know of anyone getting ready to embark on an interior design project, why not share this article with them on social media and give them some great tips.

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