When sprucing up or redecorating your home, shopping at expensive furniture and décor stores can be great for inspiration. However, there are a number of smaller, budget-conscious projects that can help you achieve almost any look you desire.
Make DIY Your Best Friend
There are endless DIY (do-it-yourself) ideas for redecorating projects of all sizes on Pinterest. Many pins even link to blogs or videos with step-by-step tutorials of how to get started. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with an old picture frame and a hot glue gun.
Many DIY projects involve repurposing or recycling materials that you likely already have in your home. Before you head to the craft store, take a few minutes to dig through your junk drawers, garage and basement to see what supplies and materials you already have on hand.
Second-hand shops and thrift stores always have unique pieces, often with a story behind them. Not only can shopping second-hand feel like a fun treasure hunt, tackling small projects like reupholstering old seat cushions or repainting a dresser makes for a fun and productive weekend project.
Explore yard sales, check the free section of Craigslist or ask around for hand-me-downs—you may be surprised at what people are willing to get rid of.
A Coat of Paint Can Make a World of Difference
Not only can a new coat of paint transform a room, it can transform your mood too. In fact, according to a recent Nielsen survey of over 1,200 homeowners, 72% stated that they experienced a positive emotional boost after painting a space. The right color of a room—whether it’s a shade of blue for serenity or a yellow tint to help boost happiness—can actually impact your mental health.*
You don’t even have to paint the walls to feel a positive effect. Painting an end table, a chair or a door can help revive a space. To get some DIY ideas for your interior or exterior spaces, check out the projects at Sherwin-Williams’ website.
Since the transformative powers of a single can of paint are more cost-effective than a full-blown remodel, it may be worth investing in high-quality paint that can stand up to scuffs, won’t fade and is chemical free. The EcoSelect Zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) line of paints from Sherwin-Williams is an environmentally friendly option with low chemical emissions. So during use, you won’t fill your entire house with fumes as you paint.
Try Different Lighting
If you have any old-school, florescent bulbs in your house, try opting for a warmer tone or less bright bulb. Strong wattage bulbs are often unforgiving and can create an uninviting ambiance in a room. A new lampshade or different set of blinds can also go a long way toward improving the atmosphere of a room and, importantly, are very cost-effective.
Redecorating can be expensive but can be accomplished at a lower cost with a bit of planning, inspiration and elbow grease. Pick a room in your house that needs a facelift and challenge yourself to stick to a tight budget. You’ll be amazed at the transformation!