How to Make Your Home Look Beautiful on a Budget

Being short on cash doesn't mean your home can't look beautiful. Here's some tips from a reader on how to beautify your home while sticking to a strict budget.

Making your home beautiful doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. It’s just a matter of creativity and a little elbow grease. If you want to transform your space to make it more appealing, here are some simple steps you can take to achieve that. 

1. Let the light in

As much as possible, you want to let natural light in your home during the day. A room without it can look cramped and dull. With natural light, your home feels more spacious and it highlights the decor you’ve worked so hard to curate. Get rid of any heavy drapery that’s blocking outdoor light from coming in. instead, use light, see through curtains

2. Invest in a good sofa

High-quality seating in your living room means a good time for everyone. This is where you and your family spend the most time so it makes sense to invest in a good sofa that doesn’t just look beautiful but is also comfortable to sit in. Look at different sofa reviews and really take your time hunting for this specific furniture piece.

3. Display fresh flowers

Fresh flowers on a vase can instantly spruce up a room. It says a lot about the homeowner and how much they care about beautifying their space. No need to go all fancy here. Just pick up a couple of fresh flowers from the market, or ask some from your neighbor if they have a garden. Now all you need is water and a vase to put the flowers in.

4. Showcase personal mementos

A home is defined by the people living in it. There’s no point having the most expensive rug or the latest television set if there is no personal touch. For a home to be really beautiful, it has to feel lived in. You can do that by displaying personal memorabilia like family photos, awards, souvenirs, etc. It can be easy to go overboard on this step and make a clutter mess out of it. Pinterest is your best friend for ideas on tasteful ways you can display personal mementos.

5. Showcase your personal taste

Another way to give your home a more personal touch is by displaying your favorite art piece. This can be as simple as a framed wall art or an abstract sculpture. It can even be statement furniture such as a uniquely shaped lamp or a brightly colored coffee table. Whatever it is, just make sure you actually like it and that it’s not something you copied off an interior design magazine. The point is to showcase your taste, and nothing makes a home more beautiful than displaying something you personally like.

6. Pick paint colors wisely

Picking a paint color is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions you will make when decorating your home. Different shades exude different moods. Even the finish of the paint can make a big difference. It all really boils down to your personal preference. It helps to do some research on paint color combinations. You can also ask for paint swatches at the hardware store to mix and match shades. If you’re still not sure, get a sample size of the paint colors and try them on a bare patch of wall in your home. Don’t worry about messing up. You can just paint over this later once you’ve made a final decision.

7. Get rid of clutter

Speaking of clutter, this is something that you need to take care of regularly. Clutter can easily build up and make your space look stuffy and disorganized. You won’t be able to focus on your beautiful home when there’s random stuff lying around in areas where they don’t belong. Start by assigning an area for each item in your home. Once you have that figured out, you want to make it a point that these things are in their designated areas by the end of the day.

Penniless Parenting

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