1. Make use of existing furniture. Clean it and repair it if necessary. Add some throws to upholstered pieces or a fresh coat of paint to case goods.
3. Change up the lighting. Add some accent lights or put on candles instead of turning on the overhead ceiling lights.
5. Buy appliances used on kijiji or craigslist. There are definitely deals to be had!
7. Visit upscale shops for ideas and then hunt for bargains to get the look for less.
9. If you have furniture with good bones, s l i p c o v e r i t o r h a v e i t professionally reupholstered. This can be cheaper than buying new.
11. Print B&W photos and frame in standard– sized frames. By printing them in B&W, you create cohesion and a much more gallery-esque look.
13. Use sheets or lengths of fabric as curtains. Curtain clips and rings, and iron-on adhesive tape make this a no-sew project!
15. Instead of more expensive wallpapers, stencil a wall using a purchased stencil or a stencil made from cardboard or projected using an overhead projector.
2. Eliminate clutter. I’ve totally said it before. But it’s true – clutter just looks awful.
4. Refinish existing kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them. This is a long process but it’s worth every second!
6. If buying new appliances, choose more economical finishes. Choose white over stainless, for example.
8. Repaint your walls. A new coat of paint freshens up a place more than you’d ever imagine. Quality paint frequently goes on sale and will last much longer than the “cheap stuff.”
10. Add some artwork. Frame things that are free: pinecones, flowers, book pages. Free printables are available online— just use your friend Google!
12. Frame a vintage board game or cards in
a shadow box.
14. When purchasing pieces keep your big ticket items neutral and basic. If you want to add in trendy looks, keep these to the easily replaceable things like accessories; pillows, throws, candlesticks, etc.