Save Money When Decorating Your Starter Home
by Natalie Johnes
When you move in together after the wedding, redecorating is a great way to turn a house or apartment into a place that truly feels like your first home together. It isn’t just about the aesthetics, either. Taking on decorating projects gives a newlywed couple the chance to collaborate and work on those ever-important compromising skills. Of course, a wedding, as
well as the expense of moving, has already put a heavy strain on your new joint checking account. Add the costs of redecorating a starter home and it may be awhile before you see another date night.
Thankfully, decorating doesn’t have to be all that expensive. With creativity and resourcefulness, the two of you can update and personalize every room in your new home. These cost-efficient tips and projects can provide you with ample inspiration to start.
Find the Bargains
Committing to the “never pay full price” philosophy is a great way to cut back on spending. Of course, when it comes to outfitting your home with the necessities, you can’t really wait until the next blowout sale to get that discount. Thankfully, there are ample resources available that can help you find coupons and clearance sales that save you money. Kohls is a great place to get all the little things you need, whether you’re replacing your old shower curtain or upgrading your coffee maker. Look for extra ways you can save money while you shop by taking advantage of Kohl’s in-store coupons and cashback rewards.
Instead of wasting money on flimsy furniture just to fill the space, look for well-built pieces at thrift stores, flea markets, or garage sales and give them a modern makeover that fits with your decor scheme. Not only does upcycling pieces mean you get to save money, but you’re also keeping bulky furniture out of environmentally hazardous landfills. Plus, your home will be totally unique and unlike anyone else’s out there.
Break Out the Sewing Machine
Curtains combine function with fashion, but they also cost a pretty penny. Plus, you may have an idea of what you want and never quite find the exact thing you need from a ready-made, big-box retailer. The thing is, window treatments are ridiculously easy to make even if you are a novice sewer. When you do it yourself, you can find whatever kind of material you want for dollars per yard, cut out the exact measurements you need, and have your custom curtains hanging in as little as an afternoon. Start with making your own curtains and you’ll see just how easy it is to decorate on the cheap when you’re able to contribute some skill into a project.
Experiment with Mirrors
It’s not often that a couple’s starter home is as big and perfect as they dreamed. If you want to make your place look bigger, experiment with using mirrors in decor. Not only do mirrors create the illusion of a bigger room, they can also be a very cost-efficient way to outfit the walls of your new home. Make an accent wall by hanging affordable square mirrors in line like tiles in a mosaic. Or, outfit a closet door with a floor-to-ceiling model. Get creative and look into glass-cutting services at your local hardware store for custom pieces.
You don’t have to embrace a minimalist decorating motif to save money on personalizing your starter home. With a little research, couples can find great deals and never pay full price on anything. As opposed to buying pre-made furniture, upcycling pieces combines affordability, quality, and originality. Instead of overpaying for curtains, try making your own and you’ll never want to waste money on ready-made window treatments again. Finally, adding mirrors is a cheap and elegant way to decorate while also making a small home look larger.