5 Ways to Decorate Your New Home for Less

published by on October 21, 2014After You Move Tips

Kitchen and Dining area

After paying moving expenses (think: labor, storage and insurance costs), the last thing you want to do is spend money on expensive home decor. We’ve compiled budget friendly decorating tips to turn your house into a home for less. Use these tips to add a personal touch to your new space without breaking the bank.

1.) Reuse and repurpose: If your old furniture looks worn, repurpose it to add renewed appeal. A fresh coat of paint or stain can turn a dilapidated dresser into a statement piece for your living room. Old dining room chairs will transition seamlessly to your new formal dining area after an easy reupholstering project. Feeling uninspired? Head to Pinterest for thousands of great DIY ideas.

2.) Create multi-functional spaces: One way to save when decorating is to create multipurpose spaces throughout your home. Instead of furnishing a home office, create a computer area in your living room where office materials can be easily stored and accessed. If you rarely entertain, forgo a formal dining room for a casual (and less expensive) eating area.

3.) Save on appliances: Updating appliances can be a huge cost when moving into a new home. Avoid sticker shock by purchasing floor models or by mixing different brands. Another way to save on pricier models is to wait until a major sale. With Black Friday approaching, this could be an easy way to get the appliances you want for a bargain price.

4.) Avoid trends: Stay away from decor trends, to avoid the need to replace in the near future. If it’s a trend that you see everywhere from Pinterest to Target, it is likely it is a passing fad and not worth your money.

5.) Monitor home décor sites: If you’re looking to incorporate investment items into your home without the investment price tag, visit online flash sale sites One Kings Lane and Joss & Main to score designer furniture, appliances and other home goods for drastically reduced prices. Use these sites to purchase items like artwork, unique furniture and high thread-count bedding.

Are you looking forward to a fresh start in your new hometown? Check out our six tips for starting fresh in your new neighborhood here.

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