Interior design hacks for budget-conscious first-time buyers
On the initial visit to the first home I would buy, my head was busy designing this space, top to bottom, just the way I wanted it to be. I couldn’t wait to get down to business that the furniture and fixtures arrived in a succession of FedEx trucks before the realtors closed the deal. No longer being creatively picked by an owner, I had big plans for the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and outdoor spaces. Only one obstacle: I had a conservative budget which reduced my ostentatious ideas. Always resourceful, however, I was able to bring my vision to life without breaking the bank. Here are a few ways I did it (which you can too).
Refresh the place with accent paint and wallpaper
A simple coat of paint on drab walls is transformational. Everything but white is a fair game in my homes, and I choose colors that will not only complement my existing merchandise, but also inspire my everyday mood. In the past, I had a soft spot for a bright, cheery sky blue that runs through the main room in my three properties, but I’ve also turned the walls into red, pink, yellow, green, gray, and beige.
I also have a passion for wallpaper, but not for full coverage on four walls. I choose a wall to drape with a pattern, like behind the living room sofa, and make it count. I select ultra-premium paper from high-end producers. It costs a pretty penny sometimes, but the expense is justified as I only dress one accent wall and that accent wall will become the focal point of this room.
These days, you can find quality prints on removable paper that costs a fraction of the actual price on the front and back of the project (traditional wallpaper is notoriously difficult to hang and remove). Just peel and stick and peel again when you feel like a change. The price difference between the two variants is in the thousands of dollars.
Change devices instead of committing to complete overhauls
When I asked a contractor to estimate the cost of a bathroom renovation, the total left me speechless. He quoted $ 10,000, which was beyond my reasonable expectations and budget. And this bathroom was small. So I did the next best thing. Instead of a complete overhaul, I replaced the vanity, mirrors, faucets, shelves, and lighting. I have also improved the toilets in the past. The elbow grease on the tile gave it back its original luster, and for less than a thousand dollars I got a new bathroom which I also fitted with a fabric shower curtain, elegant curtain rings, complementary groundsheet, color-matched towels, candles and artwork. . The revelation was a spa quality oasis that left me mentally, physically and financially satisfied.
Buy floor models when possible
I have a few home retailers that I shop around when designing my spaces, most of which are affordable on modest budgets. My personal aesthetic leans more towards the styles of West Elm and CB2, but there are plenty of other outlets that will suit your design preferences.
I also never look at the overpriced items. If it’s not for sale, I don’t buy it. More often than not, I head straight to the clearance sections or look for seriously discounted floor models.
Large area rugs, for example, can squeeze hundreds out of your budget, but low tread floor models (which can be professionally washed and inexpensively) are downsized by up to 70 percent in some. case.
My treasured find was a gorgeous glass dining table for six that cost $ 750, reduced to $ 250 due to a small scratch on the glass. A few months later, West Elm contacted me to receive a new glass top because of a reminder on the original for how it shattered if broken. It was delivered without scratches and for free just because I was ready to take the THE in the first place. Authentic W at the end.
Create or print your own art
Have I spent hundreds, if not thousands, on artwork? Yes. Definitely not thrifty, but over time I saved for the parts I wanted. To offset these large expenses, I also create my own art using various resources and materials. I have transformed postcards and periodical newspaper clippings into masterpiece collages; driftwood in conversation jewelry organizers; and I repurposed garage and chip finds into functional items like eye-catching upholstered chairs.
To save even more paste, I keep a file on my computer that includes printable projects, like links to rasterize favorite photos in large framed wall hangings (Rasterbator.net), and the free Charley Harper flora poster series. -Wildlife available through the National Park Service website. There are tons of other specific options looking for anything that tickles your decorating pickle.
Invest in plants
Plants make a home a home. These are relatively cheap, spacious, if not empty areas, and, well, they make everyone feel fantastic. I mix real and fake plants all over my spaces to create comfortable and welcoming environments. Keeping them alive, of course, is half the battle, but we are now adults and the plants are our babies – babies who don’t cry, cry or spit at you. Let the straight lines keep them; I’ll take another terrarium, please.
Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in over 100 outlets around the world. Connect with Mikey on Instagram @mikeyroxtravels