Decorating your home can be a very exciting process. Not only will you have the chance to explore a field which a lot of people love, but you will also have the opportunity to make your home look exactly how you’ve always dreamed of. It will take some work, but you’ve set aside enough time to be able to handle everything, and aren’t too worried about the effort you will have to put in. Instead, the challenge you face isn’t time, with your budget and the style you choose being far more pressing.
To help you out with this, this post will be exploring a range of DIY decor styles which can be used to make your home feel unique, without costing a small fortune in the process.
Industrial styles have swept the world in recent years, with businesses and individuals making their places look as if they’ve come straight out of a factory. Of course, while this sort of style is designed to make it look rugged, you can often use small design tricks to soften it up, creating a look which is perfect inside a home. There are a range of different options you can try when you want to achieve styles like this, and you can find some examples below to help you out.
Wood: Wood has always been one of the most popular materials on the market, with people throughout history using it to make their possessions. Reclaimed scaffold shelves, pallet furniture, and a huge range of other items fall into this category. You can either choose to make the decor yourself, using second hand and recycled options to make the place look better, or you can buy options which have already been made. Whichever route you choose to go down, this will often be cheaper than other products on the market.
Machinery: Along with wood, a lot of industrial settings involve a lot of machinery, and this can give you some interesting elements to add to your space. By taking a trip to your local scrap yard, you could find loads of different pieces which have other people can’t use anymore. They would need a good clean, and you will need to be selective to find options which will work as furniture, but this can be a great route to go down. Not only will this be extremely cheap, but it will also create a unique look which most homes simply won’t have.
Fittings: As the last piece of industrial decor to think about, it’s time to consider fittings. Pipes, hinges, and a range of other fittings are used in industrial settings, and these can be made to fit into a lot of different homes. For example, if you are using reclaimed wood shutters on your windows, you could look for large cast iron hinges to go with them. This will look very impressive, but won’t cost much at all, making it a great route to go down when you are struggling for other ideas.
If you’ve looked into the world of interior in the past, you’ve probably heard of shabby chic before. While this isn’t a defined set of patterns or colours, it encompasses a huge range of ideas, and gives you a lot of cheap options when it comes to changing your home. In a lot of cases, you will be able to use items you already own for this, and this makes it incredibly cost effective. You can find some of the methods people use below, giving you the chance to try some for yourself.
Painting: Older furniture is far cheaper than getting your hands on new items, though they often come with some wear and tear. You can take advantage of this, changing the items to make them look as though they were designed to be rough. Painting is one of the best ways to achieve this goal, though you don’t want to stop with a couple of coats. Once you’ve finished the painting, using some sandpaper to make the surface rough will make it look as though it hasn’t been freshly painted.
Repairs: When you buy cheap second hand furniture, one of the main issues you will find is broken pieces. While this isn’t such a big issue, it is something you will want to repair, and other pieces of furniture can be perfect for this. If you have a chest of drawers for example, replacing missing drawers with those from other pieces can create a unique look which most people won’t have seen before. This can be done with loads of different types of furniture, though it will be worth making sure that you choose items which go together.
Getting inspiration for this sort of job can often be a challenge, with a lot of people being unaware of the work which goes into designed furniture and interior decor. Of course, though, there are a lot of places online which can help you with this. Instagram is a prime example of this. Not only do thousands of images get posted to this site each day, but they’ve also made it incredibly easy to look through them. By saving pictures which you like, you can create a mood board, giving you loads of options when it comes to changing your home. You will still need to be creative, though this can be a great way to take some of the work out of your hands, while also giving you the chance to see styles before you try them.
With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of creating affordable decor for your home. One of the challenges which comes when people are on a budget will always be getting their hands on matching styles. When you’ve handled most of the design, though, this should get a lot easier, giving you an opportunity to match items by changing them, rather than relying on companies doing this for you.
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