Easy Ways to Stretch Your Decorating Budget With Color

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You Don't Have to Spend a lot to Decorate With Color

Decorating inspiration is beautiful and colorful, and it's everywhere. Beautiful images from social media like Pinterest and design sites can inspire you to makeover your space, but the reality is that you may not have the funds for a decorating makeover. The good news is that you can still make stylish updates without a big budget once you learn the secrets.

 Using color the right way can make a huge impact on your home, not your budget. Color is going to be your budget-friendly decorating super power.

Start with a clear plan for what you want to change in your home. Creating a color scheme that you'll use as a guide for your decorating projects is the best way to start any decorating project. Having a plan and a color scheme in place can help you save money because it can stop you from buying impulse items that won't work in your space. If you need a brush-up on how to use color in a room, try the 60-30-10 rule. This is a simple rule that will save you a lot of time and frustration while trying to figure out how to put colors together for a beautiful space.

Here are the simplest and least expensive ways to makeover a room or your entire home with color. You can easily use one idea, or all of them, as they are simple to incorporate into any decorating style or budget.

Using What You Already Have

Think of "using what you have" as shopping in your own home. You may have colorful accessories packed away in a box or closet, or they could be sitting in another room. A throw pillow may be unimpressive with your bedroom color scheme, but could totally energize your living room.

The secret to decorating with what you already have is to let go of preconceived ideas about all of your decor. It's so easy to see, but not "see" your furnishings every day. You'll need the tips to seeing your decor in new ways.

Here's How to Get the Most out of Using What you Have for a Color Makeover

  • With your new color scheme or a mood board, re-evaluate at all of your decor and accessories and ask yourself if they might work in another room.
  • Strip down your rooms so that the accessories are in a central spot.
  • Start with one room, and "shop" your accessories from around the house to decorate that room.
  • Once you start adding accessories to each room, remove the ones that no longer work in there, and add them to the other accessories vying for a spot.
  • When you have finished your color makeover in each room, either pack away or donate any accessories that don't work anymore in your new color scheme. 

Flow Colors From Room to Room

If you're going to invest in paint for your home, you'll want to get the most out of it. A color palette that uses one or two basic wall colors that flow throughout your rooms is a great money-saving idea. When you use only one or two wall colors in every room you reduce waste and unfinished cans of paint.

The paint color can flow from room to room, or you can alternate colors. When you limit your paint choices to two colors, be sure that they are compatible with each other so that the colors will work together as you move through your house. A simple color palette works for accessories and furniture too, as it gives you the option of swapping in every room.

Create an Upscale Look With Color

It's totally possible to get a high-end look on a budget when you use the right colors. Study rooms by top designers to see what colors are being used right now in luxury homes. Neutral colors are popular for luxury homes, but dark colors are also very chic. 

Decorating with dark colors like charcoal and espresso is totally doable if you know how to choose the right lighting and accents. The secret to using dark wall color in your home is making sure that you have adequate lighting and that the color does not interfere with the way you'll be using that space.

 Foyers, powder rooms, and dining rooms, are perfect spots for dark wall color. 

A Neutral Color Scheme Gives You Easy Decorating Options

Creating a neutral color scheme for your home gives you the most flexibility for decorating every room. This flexibility is a budget saver because you can add almost any accent color or decor to a neutral backdrop. The neutral furnishings and linens that you buy now can weather the color trends every year so that you can focus on purchasing accents when you need a color update. It's always best to buy large furniture in neutral colors so you won't have to make big, expensive, changes when you want to redecorate.

Do a Quick Color Update With Inexpensive Accessories

Looking for a quick and inexpensive way to update your decor? Throw pillows and accessories are the best choices if you want to redecorate and don't have a lot of time or money. 

If you're crafty, you can sew simple pillow covers for your existing pillows using inexpensive fabric, or even retro tablecloths. If you're adding a few new accessories and want to get the most of your purchases, buy accessories in similar colors so you can group them together in a room. Grouping decorative accessories by color creates impact as a stylish pool of color, instead of scattering them around your space. Your new collection of colorful accessories can be swapped into another room later on when you're ready for a change. 

DIY Your Old Furniture With Fresh Paint

You may feel like your house needs new furniture but your budget is telling you, "no way." If you have some furniture pieces that have good bones, repainting or "upcycling" them can be a budget-friendly way to update a room. The best furniture pieces for repainting have a basic style that won't look too dated even with new color. Find your favorite tutorial to DIY accent furniture for a fresh new look. Most DIY furniture upcycling projects work best with accent tables and chests. Updating accent furniture means that you can have some fun with the choice by using one of the colors from your palette.

Shop for Bargains on Paint and Decor

When you're trying to save money on redecorating, shopping for bargains should be part of your plan. Shopping sales, using cash-back deals, and visiting outlet stores are the most obvious ways to save money on your project. You might not know that many paint stores and large home improvement retailers have a table of returned paint marked down. Customers often return paint because the color wasn't exactly right, or it wasn't a good match for what they wanted. The returned paint is often in small quantities and would be best for upcycling furniture, or painting an accent in your home. Sampling your new paint is essential, but especially when you have purchased a bargain paint like this. It's never a good idea to put any paint on a wall or project without sampling it first. 

Use a Little Paint to Create Big Style

To keep costs down on a redecorating project, make paint your best friend. With just a little bit of paint, you can transform a space quickly. Though the color trends may change, accent walls will always be in style. Add paint to a wall in any room for an entirely new look. You can repeat that accent wall color around the room by painting the inside back of a bookcase, shelving unit, or even a nightstand. If your budget won't allow a backsplash in your kitchen right now, a pretty paint color above counters and under the cabinets is an inexpensive way to fake a custom look.