Decorating Your First Place on a Budget (When to Scrimp and When to Splurge)
Getting ready to move into your first home? Here’s how to make it look great without breaking the bank!
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Moving into your first house is a big deal. Yes, folks, there is life after the futon—and it doesn’t have to cost you a bundle to have a beautiful home! They key is where and how to spend your hard-earned money.
First things first: Always paint your new home. A new coat of paint will instantly make it feel brand new and clean while simultaneously putting your own signature on it. The best part about it is that the cost of it is really low. Nowadays, there are really high quality paints available at great prices, and there always seems to be a paint sale somewhere every weekend!
Try a few new colors and be adventurous; but remember, the idea is NOT to have your place looking like a rainbow. Go for a neutral vibe in the main areas and a different hue in the bedroom. You can always change your mind along the way.
Try not be obsessed with overloading the space with lots of cheap furniture just to get it “filled up.” This is a big mistake new homeowners and renters often make. Instead, buy a few good pieces now and set aside a budget every month geared towards adding a piece or two as you go. Check online deal sites, garage sales, eBay and local ads for good prices. Home Goods and Marshalls are also excellent places to find deals on accent pieces, bedding, and more. You’d be surprised how many great finds are out there—you just have to look for them!
When it comes to your bedroom, try and buy a good quality bed. You’ll be spending a lot of time in there, so you really want it to be comfortable. If you’re well rested, the whole world just seems easier to deal with, doesn’t it? Mattresses are another item that seem to be on sale every weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for a deal!
Little changes can make a big difference! If you move into a home that has boring, standard-issue hall lighting, don’t fret over it. Change it out with a pretty, more decorative light. You can get these in abundance for under $100 and it makes a huge difference! Also, even if you can’t afford a full-on kitchen makeover, you can switch out the hardware for better looking counterparts and voila! Instant cool!
The same can be done with doorknobs and drawer pulls. If you rent, just put all the old stuff in a box in a closet and forget about it. When you’re ready to move, replace them and bring your new stuff with you wherever you go.
Decorating a new home, whether it’s your first or your fourth, can be really stressful—or it can be a lot of fun. It’s totally up to you. The key is to enjoy the process, keep things in perspective and don’t spend money you don’t have. If you do it this way, I promise you’ll enjoy it all a lot more in the end!
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