If you’ve ever considered working on your interior design but you feel you don’t have the funds to do so, then do not fear: it is entirely possible to engage with interior design on a tight budget.
While you may have to reduce the scope and breadth of the project you’re planning, that doesn’t mean you can’t begin one at all; in fact, there’s lots you can do around the house that doesn’t require a lot of money, merely expertise and the will to see it through.
Here’s how you can start doing interior design on a tight budget.
There’s lots of financial assistance out there that you can take advantage of if you’re on a tight budget. For example, if you’re claiming benefits right now but there’s an interior design project in your home that urgently needs doing, then you could look into loans on benefits from a reputable provider in order to give you the cash you need (provided that you can pay the loans back, of course).
You could also ask those around you to help you out with temporary loans, or if they’re going to benefit directly from the work in the long term, to help fund the project. You’d be surprised at just how many people might be willing to help if you ask!
Rather than going straight for appliances, decoration, or other big parts of a room or house, try focusing on the small stuff first. For example, door handles and doorknobs are a great place to start; they’re small, but they can have a huge impact on how a space looks and feels, especially if you manage to get a set that coordinates well with your home’s existing aesthetic.
Other fittings you can work on include drawer handles, window decorations, and curtain rails. These can all add a huge amount to a space if you get them right, and you almost certainly won’t need to spend a lot in order to upgrade them!
This should be fairly obvious, but if you’re looking to do some DIY on a budget, make sure you’re always shopping second-hand. This is generally a great tip for life; second-hand goods are always much cheaper than their new counterparts, and they’re rarely lower quality for it. You’re also helping the environment by repurposing an existing item.
Trawl charity shops and other second-hand marketplaces for furniture items and other home decorations; you’ll almost certainly find the things you want, and you’ll be able to pick them up for much, much less than you’d otherwise spend. Remember to wander off the beaten track, because you never know what you’ll find!
Minimalism is your secret weapon as an interior design beginner. Not only does it look great – it’ll make your home feel like a quiet, contemplative, and meditative space – but it’s also easy on the wallet.
Think about it; if you’re keeping your use of space to a minimum, then it stands to reason that you won’t be spending too much, right? Of course, there’s a fine balance between minimalism and a space just feeling empty and cold, so you need to make sure you fill rooms with just about enough to keep them feeling personal and lived-in.
However, if you can strike this balance, then you can create great-looking, budget-friendly spaces with very little effort or money.
This is likely to be part of your minimalism journey if you decide to go down that road, but make sure that you’re getting rid of clutter wherever you find it if you want to keep your DIY budget-friendly.
Decluttering spaces helps to delineate them; you can see all the contours and shapes of a space if you get rid of all the clutter within it, and you’ll also be helping your mental health by tidying up, so it’s a win-win situation.
What’s more, depending on what kind of clutter you have lying around your home, you may find that you can make a little money from the stuff you no longer need, so you may actually make money rather than just saving it!
Buying custom artwork for your home can be costly, but it’s a great way to increase the personality of a living space. With that in mind, why not try to create your home’s artwork yourself?
You may not be the greatest artist in the world, but that will simply increase the unique feeling of the work you create; after all, absolutely nobody else in the world has the art you’ve made, and you can guarantee that.
The same goes for photography; by displaying photographs around the home, maybe from the places you’ve been or some of your favourite memories, you’ll both remind yourself of the good times and also make a decoration that’s uniquely yours.
Rather than replacing the fabrics in your home, consider dyeing them instead. Dyeing fabrics gives them a whole new lease on life; by changing the colour and style of your fabrics, you’ll make them feel brand new, meaning you won’t have to buy new fabrics.
Certain fabrics are easier to dye than others, so be on the lookout for anything in your home that’s made of fabrics like wool or cotton.
You can get seriously creative with dyeing, as well, so treat it like a personal art project as well as a budget-friendly way to improve your interior design and you’ll have fun while you save money!