Decorating your first home on a budget
First of all, keep it simple, the two biggest trends at the moment are Minimalism and Hygge.
Minimalism is a non-cluttered, modern and clean approach to décor where everything has a purpose. Decorative items are allowed of course but they need to have a job and not be dust gatherers.
Hygge is the Scandinavian way of decorating, creating that comfort style and homely feeling with lots of rugs, pillows, blankets, candles and different textures. Creating an oasis of cosiness.
Minimalism is the ideal trend if you are on a budget. Think before you buy, do I need this item, does it match the style, colour pallet of my home and does it have a purpose? The idea is that you don’t impulse buy because you like the look of something, wasting your money and throwing out the interior design rulebook making your home seem like a mish-mash of styles.
1. Allocate some of your budget for furniture
In a minimalist style, the furniture is kept to a minimum so you can afford to go over budget with your choice of sofa, armchairs and coffee table. Only choose the furniture you need and that is functional and comfortable.
2. Don’t be afraid of empty spaces and clean surfaces.
There’s no need to fill up spaces for the sake of it, a simple vase and a clock will do on a dresser top. Keeping decorative items to a minimum will enhance the few items that are there.
2. Make a focal point
Every room should have one; living rooms are normally the fireplace or conversational area. Make this point centre stage to draw the eye to this part of the room. You can also be bold with your choice in paint and have a bold feature wall, this will make any space seem more put together.
3. Get inspiration
Pinterest could not be a better place to scrapbook so get searching for those interior pictures you love. It will help you hone in on what you want your style to be.
4. Just because you don’t want clutter doesn’t mean clinical
You can still have a cosy vibe, incorporate blankets and pillows in your chosen colours.
The best places to shop for home interiors on a budget are Ikea, Dunelm, B&M Stores, Wayfair and Homesense. There is no need to shop for everything all in one go, take your time and build your interior space over time. This approach will help stop impulse buying and going over budget.