You’ve been saving for years and you’ve finally bought your dream home. Now it’s time to decorate. But where do you start? And, if you’re like most new homebuyers, you’re working within a rather tight budget. Well, with more than 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry, Deb Sarsany of The Deb Sarsany Team at The Real Estate Group knows a few things when it comes to interior design. Here are her top tips for furbishing your new home – inexpensively.
An area rug is a great start to kitting out your new lounge, living room, or family room – and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. An area rug frames the room. It also separates the room into sections, which is great if you have an open plan layout.
You can actually pick up pretty inexpensive secondhand rugs, and in good condition, on Facebook ‘for sale’ groups. If you don’t have a carpet cleaner, or can’t borrow one, you can rent them for a pretty nominal cost. If you want to buy one new, hold out for the sales.
The right dining table will transform the room. It’s the heartbeat of the house. Sure, the kitchen is where everyone tends to gather, but when it comes to it the dining room is where the action takes place and everyone tucks into their Thanksgiving dinner, Sunday roast, or steak straight off the grill.
A great way to overcome the cost of a new dining table is to think if its multiple uses. Not only is the dining table a place to eat, but often a spot for homework, crafts, wrapping gifts, and hobbies, for example. You may even find something in the Black Friday sales or, again, there are multiple dining tables, and chairs, up for grabs on the Facebook ‘for sale’ groups. If you’ve found the perfect table, but you don’t like the color or finish, you could always have a go at painting it. Chalk paint is extremely popular at the moment and is available at most DIY stores.
If you have a mish-mash of furniture and decorative pieces that you’ve collected, or been given, over the years don’t worry. The simplest and most economical, way to decorate your new home is through color. If your sofa is the largest piece of furniture in the room and the most dominant when it comes to color this is a good starting point. If it’s a neutral pallet and you want to add accent colors, throw cushions are a pretty inexpensive way to do this. Then select the pieces in your existing collection that match and you’re off to a good start. When you have the cash to splurge find rugs, curtains, or other accessories to add.
If your kitchen cabinets have seen better days you can update these with a lick of paint, go for a neutral color, something light, and change out the hardware. Don’t spend a lot of money on hardware - you can pick up affordable door handles and knobs at most DIY stores.
If you have the time to take care of them, plants are a great way to brighten a room. Think about where you might place each plant, and the size you want, before heading to the garden center. A trio of succulents on the coffee table, an aloe plant in the bathroom, and a fern for the kitchen is the perfect choice for most homes.
Changing out the light fixtures will make a world of difference in your new home. Adding lights too, in darker areas or above the fireplace, can help. You may not have the budget to change all fixtures right away, but as long as you do one room at a time that is fine. Again, remember not to choose anything that may deter future buyers and don’t spend a fortune, you can purchase relatively inexpensive light fixtures from your DIY store.
If the fixing up and decoration of your new home takes time that’s no big deal. For one thing, you’ll have an opportunity to save for new projects and give yourself time to decide on colors, fixtures, where to hang photos, for example.
For more information about the Deb Sarsany Team at The Real Estate Group visit: facebook.com/debsarsanyteam or call (217) 313-0580.