Decorate your home in your Budget:
The current state of the economy has brought out the penny-pincher in many of us. We’re making different choices when it comes to fashion, food and home decor as a way to cut costs and save money, but some of these budget-minded shopping decisions just make sense, regardless of which way the economy is heading.
Innovatively changing the insides of the space in terms of soft furnishings, wallpapers, lighting and artifacts, can give a complete makeover to a home’s decor. Decorating the interiors and exteriors of a space can often be a time-consuming and expensive task. However, with some planning and improvement, designing the interiors of a home can be achieved at least expense or tension. Here are some tips for recession-conscious decorating that make sense for all budgets, all the time.
A focus on locally-made furniture and accessories:
The shift towards local isn’t just for foodies. Local woodworkers, artisans and furniture makers are all creating stylish, local pieces that don’t have to be shipped from hundreds of miles away to get to your living room. What began as a more affordable home decor option is becoming more and more popular regardless of budget. Whether it’s a decorative fruit bowl or a dining room table, see what’s being made in your own province, city or even neighborhood.
Accessorizing with color:
Throw pillows, area rugs, vases. All of these items come in an endless array of colors and can often be purchased for very little. If you want to give a room a new look, a budget-conscious option is shopping for affordable accents. IKEA always has a myriad of bright, affordable accessories or you can scour flea markets and garage sales for unique and colorful items. This is another trend that will remain no matter what kind of budget you’re working with.
Focusing on function:
“Something functional will always be so,” says Experts. Trendy pieces come and go, and while there’s always a place for them, it’s better to choose functional over frivolous. Putting your money into one sturdy, functional piece that will last and last is something people are doing during the recession, but also something that makes sense regardless of your budget.
Being on a budget means being selective with what you can buy. Should you opt for the bookshelf or the end tables? The vanity or the coffee table? Rather than have to choose, buy something that has more than one use, such as a bed or coffee table that also contains ample storage space. Corinne says the current trend toward multi-functional furniture is something that will remain despite beginning as a cost-cutting measure.
Here are some planning/Ideas for interior designing in your budget :-
Budget of Rs. 50,000:
In Rs 50,000, a clever designer can give a quick makeover to the interiors, in terms of cosmetic changes – replacing the cushion covers on the sofas, drapery, carpet, budget painting and prints. It is imperative that all the above elements work in sync with each other, to accentuate the overall look. For instance, the painting’s frame can match with the furniture finish. Homemade crafts will lend a personalized touch. Sometimes, small artifacts such as table lamps, coffee table, vases, etc., can make a stark difference to the look and feel of the space. Recycling old utensils, Coloring old buckets, flower vases, clay pots of different shapes and sizes, can prove to be an economical way to brighten up the decor. Indoor plants which require very low maintenance can be opted for.
Budget of Rs. 50,000 – 2 lakhs:
In this budget, you can look at changing the entire sofa upholstery, which will instantly lift up the visual mood. Accessories and accentuate the upholstery with matching curtains and fabrics. Using patterned fabrics in coordination with the sofa covering can enable a makeover without having to spend on the basic furniture such as sofas, dining table and chairs.
You could also focus on doing a feature wall with wallpaper and texture paint. Customized carpets are a good option to match the Color scheme of the entire space. Budget wall art is extremely easy and attractive option in this budget bracket. Plain stretched canvases and wall decals are inexpensive and add a designer touch to the space.
Budget above Rs. 5 lakhs:
Such a sizeable budget will enable a change in the flooring, giving a complete facelift to the home. A range of flooring options such as vitrified tiles, wood flooring, carpet tiles, Italian marble, etc., can make the interiors look rich and elegant. There are a range of wallpapers, paints, textures and stencils that are available nowadays to creatively dress up walls.
Chandeliers and other light fixtures, whether modern or contemporary, set the mood and make a space look bright and welcoming. New furniture can also be looked at in this budget. Unconventional hidden storage options and multi-functional furniture are a great idea to curtail the budget and also give a sleek look. It may also be wise to invest in paintings, graphic art and flower arrangements by upcoming painters and artists instead of opting for prints or reprints. Besides these, consider curios, porcelain pots and crystals or handicrafts made by Indian artists or craftsmen to add a sense of history and culture to the interiors.
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