Money and time saving interior design tricks
Creating a beautiful interior doesn’t always have to cost the earth. In fact, the most rewarding and unique projects are often down to creative thinking and touches more in-tune with the personality of the owner that can’t simply be bought off a shelf. Here are 4 money and time saving interior design tricks that will help you to get the most out of your space…
1. LISTEN TO HARVARD!
A Harvard study in 2012 discovered that when people had built things themselves they constantly held them at a higher value, so building furniture or decorating yourself will not only save you money but you’ll also love the results even more. By the time you’ve waited for an expert to come and do the job you could have done it yourself, so it’s arguably a time-saver too!
2. MOVE THE FURNITURE AROUND
Before deciding that a room doesn’t work and set out to buy new furniture, try moving the existing pieces around or consider items from other rooms in the house. ‘Zoning’ an area with a large rug placed under existing furniture may be all it needs, or you may actually need to take furniture out to declutter the space rather than bring new pieces in.
3. THINK BEYOND NEW AND FEEL GREAT ABOUT IT
Trends that encourage upcycling and reusing are not only hitting environmental agendas and saving people money but they are also encouraging people to expand their creative minds too – this has to be a good thing, particularly for mental health.
Why not embrace different styles and shapes in favour of ‘matching sets’ and clean lines? Imagine granny’s upcycled dining table paired with new scalloped velvet chairs, get crafty by adding quirky fringing to a modern lampshade or paint odd dining chairs different colours for a unique look.
If you don’t have items to upcycle consider sources like Gumtree, Ebay and Facebook pages and let your imagination go wild! We bought some old rattan headboards from eBay and spruced them up with some Annie Sloan paint for Isla’s Boho Bedroom and Emmie’s Clouds Bedroom. Likewise for an old pine fireplace in our Family Room.
4. GET CREATIVE WITH LEFTOVERS
If you have offcuts or sample sheets of wallpaper don’t throw them away as the possibilities with these little sheets of paper are endless. Wallpaper the backs of cabinets, use it to decoupage a quirky vase or even use it as a table runner to brighten up an old dining table (we did this for Easter). Along the same lines if you have old magazines, vintage music sheets or bits of wrapping paper cut them into shapes, glue to a piece of plain paper and you have yourself a bespoke piece of art (like we did in our Safari Chic Guest Room)!
As Stephen Mitchell said: ‘Creativity, not normality, has become the paradigm of mental health’
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I hope these money and time saving interior design tricks have given you some inspiration for your home; perhaps you might consider other options before going out to buy new?
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Until next time,