6 Home Decorating Tips to Avoid Breaking the Bank

Decorating your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area can be a very exciting experience; you have the opportunity to make your house really feel like home! However, if you’re hoping to stay within a certain budget for decorating, you’re going to want to be very smart about the decisions you make.To help you create the perfect space without over-spending, we’ve put together a list of 6 things you can do to stay on track.


 Check them out:

1.     Set a budget

It would be very discouraging to get halfway through a project and find out that you’ve already reached your maximum spending. To avoid this, set a budget at the beginning, and keep it in mind throughout your re-decorating.

Decide on the biggest things you want to have done (re-painting, new appliances, new floors, etc.) and organize your set budget accordingly. There is nothing wrong with spending more on a few projects and less on others to stay on track.

Also Read: Top 7 Budgeting Tips for Buying a Home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Area

2.     De-clutter

De-cluttering the home is a great way to improve the space before you even begin re-decorating. De-cluttering does not mean getting rid of everything you own, rather it merely means taking away things which you don’t need or use anymore. This can open up a lot of space in the room, and doesn’t cost anything! Simply getting rid of clutter can dramatically improve the area, so consider doing this first before anything else.

Also Read: Top 6 De-Cluttering Tips and Tricks for your Home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Area

3.     Re-Arrange Furniture

Re-arranging furniture can be a task that costs no money at all, and gives your room a totally new look! Change the set-up of your room by re-arranging the furniture or appliances so that you can move around more easily, create the illusion of more space and save money!

If you’re trying to decide how to angle furniture on a rug, here is some inspiration for re-arranging on a rug.

4.     Re-painting

If you’re going to splurge on a few high-quality products, then new paint can certainly be one of them. A new coat of paint can change the entire look of a room, brighten it up and even make it look cleaner.

To help with your budget, you may want to browse garage sales, clearance sales and more for furniture and antique pieces to balance out what you’ve spent on paint.

5.     Utilize artwork

Finding unique pieces of artwork can be an inexpensive way to add color and depth to your walls and shelves without breaking the bank. You can also use artwork to separate rooms, so keep your eye out for bargains on fun pieces.

Keep in mind that not all artwork has to be a flat painting on the wall- interesting sculptures, vases, etc. can dress up shelves, mantles and more.

6.     Add Lighting

Lighting is a very easy way to re-decorate without breaking the bank. There are lots of places that you can find unique, affordable lighting, lamps and more that can change the look of your home in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area. A room that's too dark will not look cheery and welcoming for friends and family, so pick a few focal points in the room that require more lighting or that you want to bring attention to.

To add depth, place floor and table lamps at different heights around the room, and consider dimmers to change up the ambiance throughout the day.  Remember that bright light is not flattering in any room. Install dimmers, or change your bulbs to extra-soft white 40-watt bulbs.

Professional designers know how to play up a house's strengths, how to hide its flaws, and how to bring out the style of its home owners. However, not everyone can afford to hire a home designer in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area! Tackling a budget-friendly re-decorating is definitely doable, so try to consider these tips that will help you get there without breaking the bank.

Looking for some more helpful decorating tips? Check out our blog for some helpful staging tips that are sure to make your home look new, modern and welcoming in any season!

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Derrick Seay
Derrick Seay
DSEAYCOM B'ham Branch