Big Style, Tiny Budget

Most homeowners I know are on a budget. Let’s be honest keeping up with the costs of life can deplete even the most padded of pockets. So what happens when your budget is really small and your dreams for a stylish home are big? 

Here are some tips to maximize your décor when your funds are at minimum:

1. Go to market: Free classified websites like Kijiji and Craigslist online and online auctions like Ebay create the garage sale experience right in the comfort of your home. Check these sites regularly and you will inevitably find some great pieces at rock-bottom prices. You can even post wanted ads and create alerts for coveted items.

2. Make Pintrest part of your day: This social media site has become the go-to place for the DIY decorator. Pin creative ideas, like creating custom light fixtures for $15 or reusing old materials in unique ways to your boards and have your ideas all at the ready. This is a one-stop place to link to tons of home design blogs and sites and visuals (and instructions) always help.

3. Neutralize your space: Relators know that painting your space in cream, beige or grey can take your décor from dated to divine. These colors are staples because they go with a variety of palettes, styles and furniture. One of my favorite go-to colors is Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist. It suits the contemporary to the traditional. Remember paint is low cost and offers high impact. Ask the experts at Markham Colours & Décor Ltd. for the best fit for your space.

4. Can’t beat free: many friends and family are often dying to unburden themselves of unnecessary furniture and décor items. You can likely rescue (and perhaps revamp) some great items for the sweat equity of moving them. Markham has an active Freecycle Yahoo! Group where people post all sorts of items for free (or wanted) to recycle to others instead of chucking them in landfills. Sign up for the daily digest and never miss a thing!

5. Rearrange, reuse, repurpose: there is truth in the saying that sometimes what we want is right under our noses, or in the basement in some cases. Look at what you have with fresh eyes. Can something be re-painted? Placed in a different room for a new use? Try re-arranging the furniture in the living room and feel the vibe or tie back the curtains instead of keeping them shut and watch your room transform.

Great home design isn’t about having designer budget but creatively carving out space that works for you! What are your tips for high impact decorating on a small budget? Join the conversation on Facebook


John Procenko

John Procenko

CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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