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Having your own house or an apartment offers many perks, and surely you must be very excited for purchasing one. It is the place where you’ll build your future, make new memories and welcome many friends. After the initial thrill passes, you realize that nothing is done yet, you are just half way through. New house requires new expenses. You have to fill that empty space between the walls with furniture and accessories. Still, you don’t have to be a slave to the costs of decorating. There are ways to avoid desolating your budget, while not depriving your new home of pleasant and inviting décor. Read on to find out how to save money while decorating.
Accept Family Hand-me-downs
Let’s face it, you’ve probably already spent enough money on the very purchase of the house/apartment. At this point, everything that is free should be accepted. When an aunt, grandmother or a friend offers to give you a piece of furniture, you don’t say “No”, even if the piece isn’t fitting into your idea of home décor. In that case, you can find a way to make it work. Repainting some of the vintage pieces or placing covers on the sofas is a good idea. Luckily, there is a little something known as an eclectic décor, so don’t be afraid to mix and match different furniture styles.
Thrift Stores, Flea Markets and Garage Sales
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This requires a proper hunt for interesting furniture pieces and accessories. Still, the hard work will pay off, as you’ll definitely find some unique and beautiful pieces your guests will adore. Hand-crafts, antiques or simply low-price useful items are waiting for someone like you to see their true value. From neighborhood garage sales to Craiglists, there are great items to save your money and fill your house. Many of the pieces you buy on flea markets and in thrift stores might need some extra work, but as long as it stays in the DIY sector, it is money well spent.
Major sale events have became very popular in Australia, because of the affordable prices and nice pieces you can find there. They are especially great for buying furniture and home accessories, because it’s highly unlikely that the stock from last season will become outdated the very next one, as it happens with clothes. If you are lucky enough to visit some of the Melbourne Warehouse Sales, you will be able to equip your home with affordable lovely new items, with no need for remaking, repainting or refurnishing.
Inexpensive Art and Décor
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An inviting home requires much more than just furniture. Adding a touch of art and stylish décor usually demands new expenses, but there are some alternatives. You can unleash your inner Pollock, and sprinkle different paints on the canvas, while drinking wine, of course. What could possibly go wrong? Modern art is free style. You can also decorate your walls with fashion accessories, such as hats and necklaces. Displaying books on the shelves may serve as a great décor (just remember the amazing library from the Beauty and the Beast). Putting some trifles (souvenirs, candles, etc) on the shelves and coffee table will make the space more interesting. In the end, frames with photo memories on the walls will turn the house into a home.
We hope you’ll enjoy your new home for many years to come and that you’ll be proud of yourself for decorating it well with limited resources.