Last updated on September 20th, 2022
Beautiful home interior designs are everywhere – from architecture magazines to Pinterest boards. And while inspiration is everywhere, many trends showcased in such places can cause the cost of the interiors to skyrocket.
We have curated some great pointers to reign in the expenses, but before we begin, make sure you are clear about two things:
- What is your exact budget? Have a clear number in your mind that you cannot afford to cross.
- What design elements are non-negotiable? If you HAVE to have a stunning sofa, so be it; go frugal on something else. Find less expensive paint options, for example.
Decided on these? Let’s go.
1. Go carpet-free
Carpets are very expensive and frankly ill-suited for most Indian environments. Unless you live in a very cold city, you can forgo the carpets and showcase a beautiful floor. Add small area rugs, if required, to restrict specific sitting areas. These are quite inexpensive as compared to full-size carpets.
2. Thrift, repair and upcycle
Repairing existing furniture is often much cheaper than buying new pieces. Good quality wood can be given a new lease on life with a coat of varnish. Many secondhand pieces are sold off for throwaway prices due to minor scratches. Look for people in your social media circles moving out of a house. They will likely want to sell some of their furniture, even though it may be in good condition. Reupholstering chairs can give them an entirely new look. Explore the pieces that you already have before rushing in to buy new ones.
3. Multifunctional Furniture FTW
A chest of drawers is expensive, but buying a bed with storage is comparatively less expensive. Remodelling a room to add a divider wall is very costly, but using storage trunks or desks to divide the room costs nothing. Buy furniture that goes the extra mile so that you have to buy fewer pieces in total, saving a significant chunk of your hard-earned cash.
4. Paint vs. Wallpaper debate
Many people fallaciously believe that wallpaper is always cheaper than paint. This is true only if you are looking for textures or complex patterns. Stylish wallpaper can cost a bomb. Besides, many inexpensive paints have a wonderful, high-quality finish. If you want a single color, such paints may be your best bet. So, do your research before picking one over the other.
5. Declutter and embrace minimalism
This is one of the most powerful ways to make your home look classy, and it does not cost a thing. Clutter will make even the most expensive home look frumpy. If you need more inspiration, you can see seven great reasons to declutter your home here. Adopting a minimalist approach towards home interior aesthetics is great for saving money. And minimalism is great for maintaining the aura of sophistication.
6. Affordable flooring
Marble and hardwood look great, but those aesthetics come at a hefty price point. Embrace more affordable materials, such as ceramic tiles and laminate floors. They mimic natural materials and cost a small fraction. Bonus – their installation cost is also lower.
Your home is your comfort zone, and decorating it lovingly doesn’t have to break the bank. Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken – remodelling and breaking down walls is the biggest cost to be avoided. If you are looking for budget ideas for a kitchen makeover, look no further! A bit of strategic spending goes a long way.
Happy decorating, everyone!