Six Tips for a More Elegant Home on a Low Budget

March 9, 2023
Elegant Home

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Are you tired of feeling like your home is a lackluster reflection of your style and personality? Do the interiors not match the hefty price tag you paid for this abode of yours? Don’t worry; it’s all going to change.

We understand you’ve already spent a lot of dollars purchasing the best house on the market. And if you’re in Olympia, Washington, the feeling might hit harder. After all, the housing here is 12% higher than in the rest of the US.

So, no judgments if budget is the driving force of your revamping project. You can transform your dreary space into a chic oasis with fun DIY crafts and smart shopping. Interior décor can be your oyster if you know the right tricks.

So, put on your overalls, and let’s get started.

Start with a Plan

Ah, the joys of planning! Some people love it. Some hate it. But when creating an elegant home on a low budget, planning can go a long way.

First, consider what kind of look you want to achieve. Do you want a cozy, rustic vibe? A sleek, modern feel? A whimsical, bohemian ambiance? Once you have a vision, start brainstorming ways to make it a reality without breaking the bank. Maybe that means scouring thrift stores for unique pieces or getting creative with paint and a brush.

You can also look up design inspiration online to get your creative juices flowing.

Declutter for a Blank Canvas

It’s easier to picture what you want in your home when the clutter is out of the way. To simplify the process, you can rent one of the best Olympia self storage units (or one in your city) for the precious valuables you wish to keep. No item is too big or small for these units, from the grand armoires to the photo albums.

For the things that are left behind, make two piles. “Donate” and “Trash.” Then start going through your stuff and decide where it belongs. Don’t be afraid to get ruthless. If you haven’t used the item in the past year, chances are you won’t miss it.

Once the clutter is gone, you can start re-arranging furniture to create a room that’s pleasing to the eye, and you can also see what other items you need to complete your look.

Use What You Already Have

Who says you need to burn a hole in the pocket to have an elegant home? Sometimes, you only need to look around and use what you already have. It is going to save you more money than you fathom. And it’s eco-friendlier.

For instance, you can use your broken shingles to make a great fire pit for the backyard. Or, use that old cabinet and turn it into a coffee station by adding some décor and paint.

You can also use that stack of vintage suitcases in the corner as a side table and line them with a colorful runner. If you’re looking for more ways to get creative, you can look up DIY tutorials online. The options are only as limited as your imagination.

Go Shopping (but Smartly!)

Of course, you’re going to shop. It’s one of the quickest and most enjoyable ways to make your home look more elegant. But don’t just go in blindly and buy whatever catches your eye.

Make sure you’re buying quality pieces that last. For example, you can pick vinyl siding over cedar since it’s more durable and cost-effective. Or choose solid wood furniture instead of particle board, which can easily get damaged.

As for home décor items, rush to the local thrift store for some great finds. If you like a designer piece, like an Oriental rug or a set of china, you don’t have to buy the real deal. You can always find good copies online for less money.

You can even get creative by making your own pieces, like a macramé wall hanging or a wreath out of dried flowers.

Add Some Greenery

Nothing adds life to a home like some plants. They add color and texture to your space on a budget. And there are also health benefits since plants can purify the air in your home and boost your mood.

So, grab a cute little succulent or a big ol’ fiddle leaf fig, and watch as your space transforms into a jungle paradise (okay, maybe not quite, but you get the idea). Just don’t forget to water them; you don’t want any casualties in the pursuit of elegance!

There are multiple ways you can decorate with plants. You can hang them from the ceiling or place them on a bookshelf. You could even make an indoor herb garden if you feel extra ambitious.

As for the planters, you can pick from wicker baskets, terra cotta pots, urns, and more. Just make sure the pot complements your décor to prevent any design clashes.

Mix and Match

Some people are all about uniformity – matching furniture, coordinating colors, the whole nine yards. But for those who prefer a more eclectic look, it’s all about the mix and match. Combining different styles, textures, and patterns allows you to create a space that’s uniquely you.

Want to pair a vintage rug with a modern couch? Go for it. Feeling daring enough to mix polka dots with stripes? Do it! Suede and leather? Sure, why not. The key to successful mixing and matching is to find a common thread that ties everything together. It could be a color scheme or a particular style element.

So, don’t be afraid to get a little wild and experiment with different combinations. In the process, you might just discover a new style you never knew you loved!

Final Thoughts

Making your home look more elegant doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. All it takes is a little creativity and some smart shopping to give your space a nice boost. Buy quality pieces, add some greenery, and mix and match different styles to create an atmosphere that’s unique and beautiful. Now, go ahead and get creative – your home will thank you for it!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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