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5 practical ways to decorate on a budget by reusing & repurposing

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Did you know that 1% of the items we buy are still in use 6 months later? In today’s world, people tend to overbuy and let themselves be led by their materialistic values. Especially for homeowners, over-purchasing when decorating a house can become pretty wild. In most cases, previously used furniture and decoration accessories are stored in self-storage containers, as they are perfect for all-around use. Going through your stored items is an excellent idea for redecorating your home, as by doing so, you can find a lot of hidden gems that could get a new life and thus become repurposed.

This is the reason why we’ve put together this practical guide on how to decorate on a budget by reusing and repurposing items in your house. The best way to start living and consuming more purposefully is by simplifying, reusing and repurposing. 

What is the difference between reuse and repurpose? 

When it comes to decorating on a budget, knowing the difference between reuse and repurpose is vital. Reusing means to use an item or belonging that is considered past its usefulness, whereas repurposing means to reuse that specific item or belonging for a different purpose on a long-term basis without alteration. More and more homeowners today are increasingly interested in finding solutions for their home decor on a budget, and you should do so too!

Living simply, with only the things and belongings essential to your needs and comfort, allows you to create a more meaningful and peaceful living environment for you and your family. Now let’s explore together our 5 practical ways in which you can start doing so today!

1. Decide what you need and what’s your style

Have a good look at your home, and try to decide with your family what is your exact style. This, in turn, will help you to discover the essentials for living comfortably and functionally in your home. 

Donate everything that is no longer needed, and that doesn’t fit your style and your essentials. Then look at what’s left around your house, as you will likely start seeing what style or combination of styles shines through. Once you know that, you will be able to pull more of those things that you already own front and centre to display in no time!

Maybe you are a fan of vintage furniture, contemporary or modern finishes. Who knows? Perhaps you have a combination of styles, which will only make it even more fun down the line when decorating, as you will have more options to choose from that will need your creativity! Most often, we all have beautiful things to furnish and decorate our homes with, but we aren’t using them strategically. As an example, if you need something to hang on your bedroom or living room walls, take a look at your baskets, quilts, and even lovely placemats, with which you can effortlessly create unique wall art designs. 

2. Rearrange

One of the least expensive and one of our favourite ways to obtain cheap home decor is rearranging the furniture you already have in your home. Maybe you can try something different, like placing the bedroom bed on the opposite wall or changing the end table to the other side of the chair. 

Try to switch things up a little, but keep in mind that if you want to move around large items, you’ll have to keep an eye on all your artwork placements, wall hangings and lightning. Rearranging your home can be as straightforward or as complicated as you wish, and it can take from as little as an hour to a whole day. 

One good piece of advice would be to move the accessories from the living room to your dining room, or maybe try to move a lamp from your bedroom to your office, or the other way around. Who knows what you might end up with! 

3. Add some colour 

Take a good look at every single room in your house to decide on a contrasting colour that could add some life and brighten up your home. 

As a quick example, a few strategically placed things in colours like red, rosy, or orange can enhance the aesthetics of a room. You could even add colourful ribbons as tiebacks on your curtains, or you might want to add them to trim the edge of a lampshade in a fun colour. A more challenging decision might be when deciding what colours and items go hand in hand with your current colour scheme, but don’t worry! You can quickly check out a fabric store that will help you with their best advice on that. 

Pillows are another focal point in rooms, so maybe start brainstorming what style and colour of pillows would suit your rooms for an easy-inviting look. Another idea for an instant room makeover is covering your dining chair seat. Every room has many subtle colours, like hints of yellow shades in rugs or blues in the artwork. So once you’ve found your favourite colour, make sure to add a little bit of it in every room in your home so it can stand out. 

4. Decorate with nature

There are so many attractive options for adding natural outdoor items to your home, and they are sustainable and organic. From the top of our mind, our favourite ideas on decorating your house on a budget with natural elements are:

  • Birch branches 
  • Stump stools made from fallen trees 
  • Interestingly-shaped rocks 
  • Shells
  • Sea glass displayed in a jar 
  • Driftwood 
  • Green plants 
  • Pinecones 
  • Dried flowers such as hydrangeas and lavender
  • Moss
  • Cotton 

Incorporating raw elements from nature can add a lot of warmth and elegance to your home. The best example is that you can easily take a walk outside and find something that could brighten up a spot in your home, such as a twisted branch. You could then clean it, and place it on a table, which will definitely make a designated corner more interesting inside your house. 

As most homeowners know, the whole point of decorating is to create the background for the best life they can have. Decorating on a budget doesn’t have to be complicated, and it is also life-enhancing. It can make dinner parties much more fun, kids happier, relaxing more comfortable, and talks more intimate. 

5. Declutter 

Decluttering your home goes a long way! We have a whole article where we talk about our top 10 tips to declutter your home that you can check out!

Organising and decluttering your home can relieve stress as it provides a sense of control and accomplishment. Also, getting rid of unwanted items and junk can free up a lot of extra space in your house that wasn’t there before. In this way, you will be able to have a broader look at your home’s design and style, allowing your creative genius to run wild! 

What most people don’t know is that clutter attracts dust, dirt, and even mould. Over time, cluttered spaces can significantly influence the air quality you breathe, making it both stuffy and warm, so decluttering can improve your mental health and home design and your overall physical health. But we also know that many people come across one issue when decluttering a home starts to occur. Where do I store the things I don’t want to use now, but that will be useful in different seasons or times? One short answer: self-storage spaces! 

You can read our blogs on 5 good reasons to use self storage and how to store items in self storage units if we’ve caught your attention! But if you are interested in finding out more about how self-storage can help your home or your business, why not contact us today, or simply give us a call on 0116 279 1570, and our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible.