We all want our homes to look and feel pleasant. An aesthetically appealing living space is always easier to relax in – something we all look forward to after a long day at work. We also want our homes to match our personalities, along with providing a welcoming atmosphere when guests are coming over. Therefore, it is understandable when some people go a little overboard when designing or decorating their homes. 

On the other hand, our pockets are not always willing to support us in our home design endeavours. But that does not mean we can only dream when perusing home décor catalogues. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to manage this task despite having a low budget.

In the ensuing write-up, we will discuss tips and techniques that allow you to design a home beautifully, but are easy on the pocket too.

However, before beginning with implanting any low-cost design ideas, it is important to make some preparations first, something on which we consulted the experts from Effect Homes.

Preparing to Design Your Home on a Budget

It is never a good idea to jump right into a home improvement project. A little preparation before initiating the design process goes a long way. It makes it easier to decide your design goals, as well as save you any undue stress during the project.

Here is the preparation you need: 

1. Clean-up

It is not surprising that most of us procrastinate when cleaning our house. And it is also quite common to prefer thinking of design ideas than cleaning, since most find the former more enjoyable. However, it is an important task, one that will actually make the designing process easier. It will also reveal some home elements that actually just needed a touch of cleaning, and no replacement or redesign. 

Similarly, get rid of old and worn-out items around the house. A lot of us have the habit of hoarding. This makes our homes look unnecessarily crowded, makes an otherwise pleasant design seem unkempt, and often overwhelms our senses. So look around your home, and identify items that can be easily discarded. 

2. Organise

After cleaning up your house, move on to organisation. Believe us, this will give you a better understanding of which parts of the home need a redesign, and where it is possible to save money. 

It is quite normal to be a little disorganized in any house. After all, we are living there, and finding time to keep everything in its place is difficult given the busy lifestyle that most people lead.

Arrange your books in line if you have bookshelves, get various power cords around the home in order (preferably out of sight), and organise your bathroom vanity/dressing, etc. Keep going with similar tasks until all the rooms look sufficiently presentable.

3. Set Goals

Now that the home is clean and organised, it is time to set goals for its redesign. Since we are on a budget, defining realistic goals and sticking to them is essential. Prioritise your goals and start with the most important home décor elements, before moving on to your next task. 

4. Try DIY

Do-it-yourself (DIY) is a great way to save money when designing a home. Further, it encourages social responsibility since it often requires recycling. Just run an online search for DIY home design projects, and the amount of creative (and often easy to manage) ideas is surprising. For inspiration, do browse the Zameen home décor section under the search term ‘DIY’.

5. Seek Professional Help

Many people hesitate hiring a professional because of the assumption that they are bound to make us buy expensive products for the home. This is untrue, because interior design professionals work according to what their client’s requirements. So they can help in designing a home even within a set budget. In fact, they are more likely to provide good advice on this front due to their experience in the field.

However, do keep in mind that professionals charge a personal fee. If you have enough in your budget to bear this cost, then you should definitely go for it. It is also recommended that you hire a professional only when a specific section needs designing.

5 Tips for Designing a Home on a Budget

Here are five tips to try cutting costs during home design:

1. Freshen the Paint

A new paint job does not cost much, and refreshes the interior of any house. Just try keeping it simple; avoid expensive finishes. However, ensure the use of a good-quality brands so that the money spent does no go to waste, and the paint lasts for a long time. You can also, if possible, save a lot of money doing the job yourself, instead of hiring a professional painter.

2. Light It Up

Abundant sources of natural light during the day saves a lot of money – both in terms of buying lamps and paying utility bills. However, not all of us are lucky enough to enjoy natural lighting in every room. Instead of buying expensive floor and table lamps, simply hang strands of fairy lights in the room. To be more creative, insert a long length of these lights into mason jars, and these can serve as makeshift lamps. Many hardware stores also sell inexpensive battery-powered candles, which are usable in a similar manner.

3. Faux Plants

Let’s be honest, a number of natural plants are expensive, and take a lot of effort to maintain. This is especially true if they are kept indoors. A better option is to go for faux plants. Nowadays, these are available in a variety of sizes and types. 

The faux plants bring texture and vibrancy to the interior of your house, and don’t cost much either. It is also easy to keep them clean over time, and you don’t have to worry about maintaining them either. Furthermore, you can easily move them around as per your needs, without worrying about the provision of proper light or shade. 

4. Accessorise the Homes

Small trinkets and accessories are the easiest ways to decorate. There are a number of online home décor stores that sell inexpensive items like clocks, frames, small mirrors, wall art, etc. Do keep in mind to strategically decorate different rooms with such accessories, because an overuse can create a crowded and unpleasant appearance. 

5. Thrift Shopping

It feels difficult to design a home on a tight budget, especially when it comes to larger items like furniture and other fixtures. But thrift shopping can save the day. Visit nearby thrift stores to find used furniture, or keep an eye out for garage sales. Many people sell second-hand home décor items online as well. The trick is to keep track of these items, and look into the right sources. In a similar way, do keep track of sales from interior shops.

Hopefully, the ideas we discussed in this post will be quite helpful in cutting costs during your home design. Just remember to be innovative, in order to design your interiors creatively, all the while staying within your budget. Good luck!