Well here you are in your brand new family home. Exciting isn’t it? You’re itching to stamp your personality on the place by styling it just how you want it. But with a brand new mortgage to service, money’s a little tight. What to do? Follow our Top 6 design tips for styling on a budget:
1. Like everybody and be liked in return
Jump on the internet and start following your favourite home decor and furnishing shops by liking them on Facebook, instagram and twitter and subscribing to their newsletters. These kinds of businesses often reward their followers by offering exclusive discounts and promotions such as ‘buy one couch, get one free’.
2. Plan your design
Know exactly the look you want to achieve before you hit the shops. Pour over design magazines and websites and really hone your style direction to avoid making costly mistakes. Are you modern industrial, or home-spun country? Bohemian traveller or post minimalist? You may be particularly taken with a 4 foot replica Ming vase, but will it work with your soft pastel colour scheme? Nail down your design direction and you’ll make cost-effective purchasing decisions that much easier.
3. There’s style opportunity in opportunity shops
If your style is strictly ultra-modern then this tip may not be for you, but if you don’t mind a splash of vintage, boho, shabby chic, retro or art noveau then you can’t go past your local Op shop. Old vases can be given a new lease on life with a the help of a spray can, while a cheap print straight out of the 70s can really pop when furbished with a modern frame. Have fun digging for your treasure!
4. Little things make a big difference
For a quick and easy makeover of your old couch or bed, try new cushions and throw rugs in modern designs and palettes. Choose colours and prints that help tie the colour of your old piece of furniture in with the colour scheme of your new home. And a new inexpensive rug from a ‘Closing Down’ store can change the entire look of a room for the cost of dinner and a movie.
5. Say it with wallpaper
Not since the 70s has wallpaper been so popular! Wallpaper is surprisingly cheap and these days comes in a mind-boggling array of colours, patterns and textures - don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. The right kind of wallpaper on a feature wall can change a drab bedroom into an exotic boudoir or a doudy living room into grand parlour.
6. Look on international sites not just local
Always look on international websites for items you’ve seen in a local shop or on an Australian site. It seems crazy but you can often buy the exact same article on an overseas website for far less, even taking postage and handling into account.