Everyone one deserves a place to call home, a place that is distinctly theirs that reflects an individual’s personality as well as being a soft place to land after a hard day’s work. Creating this space can be costly but it doesn’t have to be. Home decorating can be a little intimidating but if you're willing to put in a little elbow grease and use some creativity, there are plenty of ways to give your house or condo an upgrade while staying on budget. Here are five easy ways to makeover your place with minimal investment:

Start with a theme or overall feel

  • Having a theme is important. It's easy to get caught up in all the different elements of home decorating, but it's important to keep your eye on the prize. You want people who visit your home to have an overall sense of style and cohesiveness when they walk through the door. So, while it's okay to mix and match pieces from different eras or styles, try not to go overboard with too many disparate elements.
  • Don't be afraid of second-hand stores! These days we tend to think that only thrift stores carry second hand items, but this isn't true--you can find amazing deals at places like Goodwill and Salvation Army and even online at places like Marketplace & Kijiji, especially if you know what kind of look you're going for before going shopping there!
  • DIY projects are great because they'll add personality without breaking the bank; however, don't get too ambitious right away! Start small with things like adding wall art or painting furniture pieces yourself rather than tackling something more complicated like building an entire room addition onto your house right away.

Change your wall colours

Changing the colours of your walls is a simple and inexpensive way to add a big impact on your space. It's also a great way to make a room feel fresh and new without investing in entirely new furniture or accessories.

Here are some tips for choosing colours that will help you get started.

  • Choose a colour that suits both you and your home. It should be something that reflects your personality and fits with your home's style. If you're not sure, try out different options on paper before committing to paint.
  • Use paint samples or small pieces of paper to see how colours look in different light settings, including natural light and artificial overhead lighting (which is typically colder). You may have an idea in mind about what colour looks good in one type of light but not another.

Upgrade your curtains or drapes

Curtains and drapes are a great way to add color, style, and elegance to your home. They can also be expensive, which is why it's important to look for affordable options.

If you're on a budget but still want some new curtains or drapes in your living room or bedroom, consider buying some ready-made ones from Walmart or Ikea instead of having them custom made by professionals at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or a private seamstress. These stores will give you the option of buying pre-sewn curtains instead of having them made from scratch at an upholstery shop where prices are higher because labor costs more than materials do!

Buy a piece of art

One of the best ways to add color and texture to your home is by buying a piece of art. You can do this for less than $100, and it's a great way to make your space feel like yours. Homesense is always a great option when looking to buy art for your walls and the wide variety they offer makes it easy to find the perfect pieces that speaks to your individual style.

Local art galleries are another great option and give the added bonus of supporting a nearby artist. If possible, check out thrift stores too, they often carry beautiful pieces at low prices!

Swap out your linens

Swapping out your bedding is a great way to add color and texture to a room. You can find inexpensive bedding at discount stores, or you can get creative with a duvet cover and make your own.

Bed linens are one of those things that look expensive when done right but can be cheap if done poorly. If you're not sure where to start, ask yourself what would look best in the space: bright colors? Patterned fabrics? A bold pattern on the wall behind it?

Slipcovers are a great way to save money and prolong the need to buy new furniture. As much as we love our furniture, it can become worn out and outdated. Slipcovers are a great way to give your furniture a fresh new look at little or no cost.

Slipcovers can be used on almost any type of furniture, from couches to chairs, sofas, and loveseats. Some people use them on dining room chairs and even tables. Slipcovers come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, and colours allowing you to customize your furniture exactly how you want it. When choosing slipcovers for your home, be sure that they fit well on your piece of furniture. If you have an oversized chair or sofa, then you will want oversized slipcovers as well for added comfort when sitting or lounging in your room.

Add some new plants

Adding new plants to your home can be one of the easiest ways to give your space some new life. Plants are not just beautiful and interesting, they also help purify the air in your home by releasing oxygen into it. They're also great for adding privacy in spaces that don't have much natural light, like bedrooms or basements. And finally, plants can add colour and life where there might otherwise be none!

If you are the kind of person that eventually kills every plant that you bring in, consider buying some artificial ones. They are being made so life-like now that you can hardly tell the difference. And what the natural feel of a plant gives to the overall feel of a room is well worth the small investment!

You can make your home look like a million bucks without spending one. Try these simple tips to create a space that's beautiful and meaningful on any budget!

The team at McGarr realty are always available to assist with all of your real estate needs. Give us a call today and we’ll help you find your perfect space!

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