If it’s time to freshen up the look of your house or flat whether you are thinking of selling or just wanting to give the whole place a bit of a lift then there are a range of house decorating ideas that can give you inspiration.
First of all you need to set your budget and then decide what look you are aiming for. When you have a list of ideas you want to do but have a limited budget you need to make sure that you prioritize your needs. You also need to do meticulous planning so you can stay within your budget but yet get the decorating done that you want and need to.
In order to achieve success with your ideas and staying within your budget you will have to use your creative skills. Make sure that you are only buying the items that are absolutely essential for your house. Recycle some of your older household items and reuse them to save money.
If you want to spruce up the exterior to grab a buyer’s attention, give the whole place a revamp or just compete with the neighbours Christmas decorations this will give an indication of whether this is a permanent or temporary redecoration of your property.
It does not matter which room of the house you are decorating, there are two main features that you should cover when you have a budget to work with.
Paint for the Walls
You can instantly change the look of your home and the room inexpensively by just painting the walls. There are many different colors you can choose from so experiment some.
Use two contrasting colors to give your walls a vibrant look. You can also use wallpaper to create a border on the painted walls giving them a nice framed look. You just need to make sure that the paint and the color of the wallpaper coordinates.
Art for the Wall
Even after you paint the walls they will still look dull if you do not put something on them. Whatever work of art you put on your wall will tell everyone about your sense of style and taste.
Using wall art in your living room will add elegance to the room. Since you are on a budget you can take old calendars of landscapes, fields of flowers, animals, etc, frame them and put the on the wall.
A very simple way to decorate your bedroom without spending any money is to move the furniture around in the room to give the room a new look. You can also rearrange the decorations you have in the bedroom.
Use a mirror on the wall which will help a small bedroom look more spacious from the reflection of the light from your mirror. To give your bedroom a soothing effect, add a houseplant. You can also change the cover on your bed.
Paint or re-stain your old kitchen cabinets. You can use bright colors to give them a whole new look. Replace the door and drawer handles. Add bright seat cushions to the kitchen chairs. Add small plants on your window sill. You can also change the window treatments you have up.
The least expensive you can use here would be to change your faucets to new stylish looking ones. Add color by hanging a shower curtain with colorful designs. Change the lighting to give your bathroom a brighter look.
These are just some of the many ideas you can do when you have a budget to work within.
Add More Value or Character to Your Homes
Check out the exterior of the house or flat, you will need to ensure that all brickwork, or wooden facia work is sound before setting out on a repainting job. Make sure that all the chips and cracks are filled in, faded paintwork on window frames sanded down and any gaps plugged before splashing out on exterior wall paint and stains or paint for the window sills.
If the exterior wall will not benefit from repainting then it may be time to consider cladding or lining the walls with cement board linings. Attractive colours and designs are available that will last a lifetime and really make sure your home stands out in the neighbourhood.
If living in a restricted area then you will need to check with the planning department as to any restrictions on changes to your house. Adding painted shutters and colourful window boxes filled with all round seasonal colour will brighten up any home and can be fixed to balconies as well as house fronts.
Buying cheerful annual plants and potting up in hanging baskets attached to either side of the front door is a relatively inexpensive way of decorating a house.
Walk around the neighbourhood and check out the house that friends and neighbours have put into practice. Consider the age and character of your house, if you live in an older property you can invest in some of the traditional looking house name and number plates that are available as well as external letter boxes to blend in with the building.
Pick up interior design magazines and look on the web for inspiration. Think about investing in a good exterior lighting system, this will not only help with security of your home but you can find some very attractive porch lights to fix to the front door.
Finally if you are looking for more temporary ideas just to ring the changes through the seasons and different festivals then there are many quick and simple fixes you can make. Solar powered twinkling lights can be festooned around windows and doors along with home-made holly and fir cone wreaths for the winter festivals.
On fete days you can string home-made bunting and flags around the outside of the walls and then just sit back and drink in the sights!