Tips for decorating a home on a small budget

DECORATE WITH A TWIST: Having champagne taste on a lemonade budget does not have to be a deal-breaker. Photo: Shutterstock
DECORATE WITH A TWIST: Having champagne taste on a lemonade budget does not have to be a deal-breaker. Photo: Shutterstock

With increased interest in home improvement and the rise of home decor trends, many of us are looking to upgrade the aesthetics within our living space.

In fact, spending on household furnishings and equipment jumped during the COVID lockdown period, as people used more time at home as an opportunity to make improvements.

But what do you do if you have a champagne taste on a lemonade budget? Paul Winslow, chief marketing officer of e-commerce furniture and appliance rental business Snaffle, shares five tips for decorating your home on a budget so you can turn your Pinterest dream house into a reality.

1. Set a budget

Set a budget for what you can afford to spend when redecorating your home and work from there to decide on the importance of your purchases. The rental option allows for minimal outlay and bite-sized instalments - the easy option to accommodate every budget.

2. Consider your priority items and blend budget with designer

Assess what items you want and then consider which items you would like to splurge on and which items you would be happy to have at a more budget-friendly price point.

A good tip is to purchase more expensive core furniture items and then go more budget-friendly on decorative pieces such as throw cushions and blankets.

3. Rent key furniture pieces

If you want to purchase big furniture items but don't currently have the budget, consider renting furniture items such as lounges, accent chairs and coffee tables from somewhere such as Snaffle, which allows you to access the furniture you want now at affordable instalments, with the option of a variety of rental contract lengths and delivery.

4. DIY old furniture and decor or make something new

Take inspiration from your design research and look at the furniture you currently have to see if you could DIY it into something new. Alternatively, if you have a creative side, creating your own artworks or building your own furniture is a great budget-friendly way to improve your space.

5. Keep core items you already have and upgrade your space with decor

Obviously, the big core pieces of furniture in your living space are the most expensive so it's important to look at what you already have in your home and think about whether you really need to replace it.

If you like the furniture pieces you already have you can upgrade your space with small aesthetically pleasing home decor pieces, allowing you to improve your space on a budget.