Decorating on a budget

Decorating on a budget

Coles Financial Services 10th Sep 2015 in Home insurance

Decorating on a budget

So you want to decorate on a shoestring? With a couple of ideas and a little effort, it can be done. A few simple tips and tricks could really refresh the look of your home. Here are five ways to get the designer look without the designer price tag.


The number one tip for decorating on a budget is to repurpose the furniture and decorations you already have. The trick is to put your creative goggles on and see your tired items in a new way.

Could a new coat of paint or varnish refresh that worn-out chest of drawers? Could you replace the handles on those cupboards? Is it possible to pull up the carpet and show the floorboards underneath?

You may even find perfect items in op-shops and second-hand stores. It’s amazing what treasures you can find when you look hard enough.

Hire a new starter

If you need the help of a professional, consider hiring a student or graduate interior designer. They might be cheaper than more experienced designers and they still have plenty of ideas to share. They often have less experience, so be clear about the styles you do and don’t like. Post an ad online or contact local universities to find the right person for the job.

Make your own art

Want a bold work of art to hang on your wall? No need to pay big bucks. Just buy a white canvas and have a bit of fun with it. You could look at Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration and then add your own personality to the piece.

Try to think outside the box – you could use paints, fabrics or sequins to make your work of art. Plus, you can reuse the same canvas to make a whole new design whenever you get the bug to restyle again.

Build your own bed headboard

You’ll save hundreds by making your own headboard. It can easily make your bedroom look as nice as a swish hotel room. There are plenty of step-by-step demonstration videos and blogs online to help. Remember to choose your headboard fabric with your sheets and doona in mind. Neutral colours are the way to go, so your pillows, quilt covers and bedside tables don’t clash.

Make your own cushions

Decorating with cushions is a super quick way to spruce up a room. Bold fabric colours and patterns can transform a dull couch or armchair and freshen up a bedroom. You don’t have to be a sewing expert – a basic understanding of sewing machines is all you need to create a simple square cushion. You can find free patterns online and there’s even options for those who don’t know how to use a sewing machine.

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