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Decorate Your Home on a Shoestring Budget

There is no need to splurge to create the warm and cosy home environment you yearn for.
ST701 Editorial Team - December 28, 2012
By: Cheryl Mah
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Decorate Your Home on a Shoestring Budget

The papers have been signed and you’ve finally gotten the keys to your new home. Now it’s time to think about decorating your space, but then you realise you’ve spent most of your budget on paying for your house and furniture. Now what?

There are magazines, television programmes and coffee table books everywhere that tell us how to put together an elegant home with luxurious furnishings and decorations. We have almost become conditioned to think that only the wealthy can afford to have beautiful homes. Bear in mind, though, that expensive doesn’t always equate to tasteful or homely.

Here are some ideas to help you create the home of your dreams – without burning a hole in your pocket:

  • Apply paint colour creatively
    Create a personality for your home by picking a bold colour. Instead of merely painting the walls with just one shade, consider painting stripes, polka dots or even zigzags! You can also consider putting up wall decals.
  • Make your own wall art
    Inject some individuality by creating your own art pieces to hang on the walls. Buy simple canvasses, lay them down on the ground and randomly splash paint on them… and there you have it – your own piece of abstract art! If you have children, have them draw something and frame them up too.
  • Hand make your accessories
    If you are handy with a needle and thread or sewing machine, get a few interesting pieces of fabric and sew your own cushions, table cloths, curtains and even rugs. Don’t want to spend money on fabric? No problem! Just use recycled materials such as your old dresses, curtains and scarves. Take it up a notch by sewing buttons and ribbons onto your finished product!
  • Reinvent what you already have
    So you have a vase you love with paint peeling off. Restore it to its former glory or spray paint it with a different colour to spruce it up. Got an old wardrobe with faded paint that is still in working condition? Lacquer it, or take it apart and place its shelves up on the wall!

The most important part of a home is the people living in it. There is no point decorating your abode opulently if it doesn’t suit the characters and personalities of your family members. With a little creative thinking and effort, you can tailor your space to reflect your personal style!

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