Perhaps you’ve gone on to some website or social media post and saw a well-designed, posh-looking home. It’s the Maria Kondo-ish design you’ve been looking for; however, during the pandemic, it’s hard to budget money for such needs.
Designing your home or creating a new space is always an expensive task for most people. Some renovations require you to tear down entire walls or re-purpose rooms in a condominium unit or apartment. There are other ways to renovate your home but most of these require money. That’s something you definitely have better use for during a situation like now when there is general uncertainty in the air.
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There’s no need to panic, though; if you truly must redesign your home, then there’s an affordable, budget-friendly way to do that. Take a look at our tips for inspiration on how not to break the bank when renovating your home.
Everyone likes plants, especially inside a house. Creatives and work-from-home employees will attest to the color green being able to cool down the eyes after a long, tiring day at work. You will also notice just how a plant can break the monotony of colors on your wall and your floor, just by being placed in the right area.
Indoor gardens are an interesting concept too. With more people being able to spend more time at home, the days of these gardens just wilting are about to be over.
It’s an affordable way of breathing new life into your home without moving things all over, too. You have to invest in containers or pots to place your plants in. Fancy yourself a friend of the planet? If you’ve got left-over plastic bottles, you can use them to pot your plants too.
Aside from plants, lighting in the right areas in your home is also a cheap and affordable way to breathe new life into your dÃ©cor. It’s not even too expensive to pull off; the right lighting fixture can just hang off an old hat rack or a pole that can support the wire and a light bulb.
It’s a popular design that’s seen in more and more minimalist houses today. You can use the light as a bedside lamp. You can also place it beside the door so that it works as a night light for when you arrive late. Whatever the purpose is, a wire and a bulb hanging on the right hook seems like a hipster’s choice.
Dried Things and Plants
Going minimalist can take any form. Homes that have a tropical vibe – like ones that are located in a place with the weather to match-can use a little sprinkling of the classics. That means furniture made from dried plants and dried leaves themselves is a good dÃ©cor to put up.
You can have light fixtures that have rattan or dried reed covers. It’ll put a hint of the rustic life into your home. The dried leaves are a nice touch – it brings the warmth of the tropics in your home. It’s the perfect reminder of that tropical vacation, especially if you live in a cold state.
A Wall of Mirrors to Expand Space
Small homes are popular right now because more and more people are into living a minimalist lifestyle. That doesn’t mean that they don’t have moments when they feel the home is shrinking or looking a bit small. For that, a mirror is a perfect breaker.
Mirrors create the illusion of space by reflecting whatever room it’s placed against. The living room feels bigger with a mirror in the right place. The same thing is true if you place the mirror in the bathroom. Look to put up a mirror if you feel that an area in your home needs ‘expanding’.
Accent Tables Aren’t for Offices Only
Even small or medium homes can feel large if you don’t fill it up with stuff. If the living room or kitchen in your home feels bare, try to find an affordable accent table from a bazaar or a used furniture store. Sometimes, the right find can add character to a room.
At the same time, it can also make that room feel like an office according to its design. If you’re working at home, perhaps the right accent table can bring that feeling of productivity.
Designing your home is like work that’s being done from home. If you can, spend a little more time trying to find the right design for your home. There’s no perfect time than now, during the pandemic when your travels are limited to your immediate surroundings.