What’s the first thing on your priority list once you’ve been handed the shiny keys to your brand new home? Adding a personal touch and all the creature comforts you can’t go without. Whether you’re naturally frugal or have a tight budget, there’s always a money saving tip to help you get the space of your dreams.

Determine your budget

Your Pinterest vision board isn’t budget dependent, and while it’s a great platform to gather interior inspiration, the price isn’t always right. Calculate your budget before making a purchase and let that direct how you proceed when revamping your home.

Don’t be afraid to add some colour

Paint is the most affordable decorating tool in relation to other materials you would need to refresh your interior. Give one of your biggest walls a splash of colour that contrasts or complements your furniture to create an accent feature that highlights your space.

Second hand isn’t always second best

When designing a space on a budget, it’s important not to rule out any options which could save you money. Second hand items add charm and character to a space – and cost way less than a brand new piece of furniture. Check out your local charity shops and even yard sales, you may just find the gem you’ve been looking for.

Get your hands dirty

If you enjoy being creative and working with your hands, a DIY project is a great money saving solution. You have free rein to make a one-of-a-kind, handmade piece which adds a unique and personal touch to your space. If DIY isn’t your thing, call in some help from friends and family and make a day out of it.

The more uses for it, the better

Multipurpose furnishings are great money and space savers. For example, an ottoman with storage can also double up as a coffee table. If you like entertaining, consider getting a bar cart that serves guests and works as a side table as well. Dual furniture is the best way to get bang for your buck.

Decorating your home is meant to be the best and most fun part about moving in. You don’t have to let budget constraints limit your creativity if you use these 5 tips to make your money go far. So start planning and using the resources you already have to turn your house into a home.

Our experienced home décor specialists are available to guide and advise you on ways you can save when furnishing your home. Visit our showroom in Kramerville, Sandton for a consultation.

For more information on our full-service décor and design services, or to schedule a private consultation, call us on 011 262 5225, or send an email to info@ddl.za.com.

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