5 tips for creating a low budget interior
Finding the perfect roommate is one thing. Feeling at home in the apartment or house you share is equally important. In order to feel at home you need your place to be at least a bit cosy.
Even if you’re always out, you’d rather come home to a cosy and warm apartment than get the feeling you’re entering a school canteen.
Contrary to what you might think, making a home cosy doesn’t necessarily require a high budget. Just like it takes only a few inexpensive but cool accessories to make a simple outfit unique, it takes only a couple of inexpensive home decorations to turn your house into a place you like to come home to at night.
But how should you turn your place into this tastefully but inexpensively decorated home?
Read our 5 tips for creating a low budget interior, get inspired and tell your roommate to cancel all her activities this weekend. It’s decorating time!
You’ve probably heard this before: lighting can make or break a room. Nowadays, with the introduction of CFL’s and LED, it has become difficult to find the right hue. Bulbs with a yellow hue seem hard to find these days. Yellow light is much more cosy than white light, however. Find bulbs with a yellow hue if you can!
No budget to buy trendy vintage pendants? Don’t worry. A simple lamp holder and bulb will do! Simple pendants are very trendy these days. Designers use special bulbs and lamp holders that make the pendant light quite expensive…
If you’re a bit into crafting, you could easily make something cool yourself. Go buy a cheap extra long white lamp holder in a DIY store and yellow paint (or any other color you like) and paint the lamp holder.
To make it more unique, you could hang different pendant lamps right next to each other, on different levels and/or use different colors.
Flowers and plants
Bring some life into your living room and kitchen: buy plants or flowers! You’re right, some plants are very expensive.
However, you don’t have to buy a $200 Bonsai Tree to make your interior more cosy (by the way, we don’t think Bonsai Trees would add any value to your interior…).
Succulents in cute pots can be very decorative. Buy different kinds of inexpensive pots in different sizes and create a nice table centerpiece. You can buy copper spray paint to give the pots a Scandinavian design look or any other kind of paint you like.
Attention grabbing wall decoration
Chances are the walls of your living room are painted and don’t have any wallpaper. Wallpaper is usually more expensive than paint. While too much wallpaper with a print can make your interior look messy, applying wallpaper to only one wall usually makes your interior more cosy. Especially when the rest of the interior is rather minimalist, one wall with wallpaper can add interest to the room.
When you do this, make sure to use the same color you’ve used for the rest of your interior or choose wallpaper in neutral colors.
Another idea is the creation of an accent art wall. Buy some old second hand frames in different sizes, paint them if necessary, put self-printed photos or images in the frames and hang them up.
If you have shelves, you could also buy old photography books with photos in black & white and put the books upright against the wall. Add some candle holders and other small inexpensive home decorations and your attention grabbing art wall is ready!
There’s nothing more important than warm textiles to make your interior cosy.
Roommates often don’t even consider getting curtains. They automatically assume curtains are too expensive. Everything depends on the fabric and on whether you can sew them yourself.
One of the cheapest fabrics for curtains is something called Calico, an inexpensive kind of unbleached cotton. Take plain, beige Calico for a neutral look.
Go buy a couple of cheap plain white or black throw pillows for the sofa. Buy metallic fabric paint and randomly add polka dots all over the pillow.
In case your budget is a bit higher, buy throw pillows with different, but matching prints. They make your interior look a bit more sophisticated.
Picture from thedesignchaser.com
Don’t just throw away empty wine bottles and empty tea or crushed tomato containers. Recycled tin cans can become perfect herb containers and empty wine bottles are cheap but unique candle holders.
Got an old utensil holder you no longer use? Why don’t you turn it into a pendant light?Recycled wooden pallets are another example of items that can easily serve as a piece of unique furniture such as a coffee table.
As you can see, making the home you share with your roommate cosy doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult at all! There are plenty of options for creating a low budget interior that looks nice!