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How to Decorate Your New Home on a Budget

Buying a new home can signal the fulfillment of years of dreaming, planning, and saving.  After countless hours of researching house plans, neighborhoods, and home features and scrimping and saving on every purchase, it can be exhilarating to finally open the doors to your new home.  Unfortunately, however, once the home purchase is complete and the San Antonio movers have finished their work, it can also be disheartening to realize that there are still significant costs ahead that are associated with setting up and decorating your new home.   Thankfully, with a little more planning and wise purchasing, you can make your new home a true reflection of your personality and lifestyle without having to break the bank.

Give Yourself Time

First of all, take a deep breath and remind yourself that your entire home does not need to be perfectly decorated right away.  As much as you may want to instantly make your home look like it came right out of the pages of a decorating magazine this just isn’t realistic for most people.  Instead, pick one room at a time, set a budget, and don’t move on to a new space until the room is complete.  Decorating your home this way may take months or even years, but the process of infusing your personality into your home can be fun and rewarding.

Mix and Match Furniture Pieces

Furniture stores want you to believe that making a home beautiful includes buying sets of furniture that are designed to match perfectly.  This is also the most expensive way to furnish a home.   Thankfully for those on a budget, matching sets of furniture can also be boring and look too predictable.  Stretch your decorating dollars by finding individual furniture pieces at discount or second hand stores.  Buying furniture this way can be an adventure and can ultimately end up making your home look and feel more interesting.

Reuse and Refresh Existing Furniture

As much as you may want to get rid of all of the old furniture recently unloaded by your San Antonio movers and start fresh at your new home, doing so may not be financially realistic.  You can, however, make old furniture look like new with a little work and some imagination.  Consider sanding down an old dresser, adding a vibrant coat of paint, adding new hardware and using it as an entry way table.  Old, dingy armchairs can be reupholstered to look new and modern.  Before buying new, try looking at what you already own and reimagining ways to make them work in your new space.

Make an Impact with Color

Color can have a dramatic impact on a space.  Thankfully, adding color to a home can also be very inexpensive.  Start with a plan to make your home feel cohesive and unified.  It is not necessary to use the same colors in every room but try to stick with a general color palette throughout the living areas of your home to tie everything together.  Once you have selected the right colors, start with paint.  With a gallon of paint and a day of work, you can transform a room.  Other ways to add color to a space include purchasing new throw pillows, curtains, and rugs.  All of these items are relatively inexpensive to purchase and can give new life to an otherwise dull space. 

With time and careful planning you can create the dream home you planned and dreamed of for so many years.  Let decorating your new home on a budget become your new project, and you may find that the results are far more beautiful and rewarding than you could ever have imagined.