Low Budget Decorating – How to achieve a contemporary look



Summary:  Decorating is something a lot of people enjoy doing – and these days it is easier than ever to do so.  Changing the look for a room can be done on a shoestring budget too – and great results are possible.


It is easy to redecorate a home and change the look of a room – if one is willing to do some of the work themselves.  The first thing to remember is that one doesn’t have to spend a lot of money – refurbishing what is already in the home is the way to go.  So what is involved in the process? How can one get a contemporary look for less?


Low Budget Redecorating:


One has to reconsider which room they want to do – or if it is the whole house. Here are things to do:


  • Paint: This is the easiest way to change the look of a room.  Pick a nice neutral color and paint the walls.  This will freshen up the room – the next step is to deal with the furnishings.


  • Furnishings: This includes simple things like bedding and upholstery for furniture.  Enterprising homeowners can do a lot of the work themselves by stitching things like duvet covers for comforters and buy colorful cushions and completely change the look of a room – it is easy to update the home without having to spend a fortune on furniture.


  • Furniture: In the case of furniture like beds, tables and armoires, there is no need to get rid of a piece.  One can spend a little time or get a friend to help with sanding and painting a piece to get a brand new piece to go with the new look.


  • Shopping around:  Check out the local newspaper or online listings – there are great deals to be had.  Many people attach photos of things they want to sell. This is a great way to find new pieces at a fraction of the cost.


  • Multi-purpose furniture: Quite a few people may not have the space for the kind of furniture they would like to have – the best thing to do in such cases is to buy pieces which serve many functions – for instance an ottoman which would have storage space, double up as a table or can be used for seating as well.


  • If possible, move the sofa away from a wall and put a console table with a few decorations on it.  It will make the room look a lot bigger and bring more interest to a space.


  • Another easy way is to do nice window coverings – use curtains to make the window look bigger.


  • Remember not to put too many things on the wall – it can be distracting.  Change pictures and wreaths often to reflect the seasons.