When you buy your first home, your top priority is to make space your own as quickly as possible. You may want to replace your outdated furniture with new pieces and purchase décor that expresses your style.
You probably also have plenty of ideas about which floors you want to refinish and which bedrooms need new carpeting, not to mention a new kitchen you’d love to install.
But once you start crunching the numbers, the cost of redecorating can add up fast. After coming up with a down payment, paying moving expenses and covering other household costs, spending more money on decorating your new place may be out of reach.
[Infographic] How to Decorate Your First Home on a Budget
Fortunately, achieving a cohesive home design on a budget can be easier than you think. While buying a house is a major (and exciting) milestone, it’s also a long-term commitment. Don’t be afraid to tackle your decorating one room at a time, prioritizing space that would benefit most from a new look.
For example, upgrading your living room with a beautiful area rug and quality estate-sale finds would be a good place to start because it’s where you entertain your guests and spend much of your at-home time.
You might also consider freshening your new-to-you furnishings with paint, which is typically one of the more affordable — and dramatic — changes you can make.
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Many homeowners believe they need to fill their homes with brand-new furniture and fixtures, not realizing that cheaper solutions are available to them.
There are many ways to make a big design impact and add your own special touches to your new home with just a little creative thinking and some basic do-it-yourself skills — and without breaking the bank.
See the attached guide for more decorating tips that will help you stretch your dollar while transforming your first house into your dream home.
How to Decorate Your First Home on a Budget from Alexanian Carpet and Flooring
Shelley Alexanian is a spokesperson for Alexanian, one of Canada’s most successful and versatile full-service flooring and window covering businesses. With several years of industry experience, Shelley is skilled at creating beautiful designs under a variety of budgets — she believes design is at the heart of everything.