Making your house feel like a home can come with a hefty price tag, especially when it comes to decorating. Fifty dollars here, $200 there…before you know it, a few candles, throws, pillows, and paintings can cost in the thousands of dollars. So how do you get that hygge, at-home feel without breaking the bank? Try out these simple money-saving solutions that will make home transformations doable no matter what your salary.
Create Handmade Crafts
Crafting is not just a way to save money, but also to add a personal touch to your home. It allows you to create items different than anything ever made by a factory, giving your home a truly unique feel. Check out Hygge Bug’s crafting section to learn how to knit, crochet, embroider, create Mason Jar décor, make your own candles and soaps, and more! If you simply are not a crafter, many artsy websites (such as etsy.com) and even some retirement community gift shops sell reasonably-priced handmade décor.
One of the quickest ways to transform that cringe-worthy room is by painting it! Using lighter, neutral colors can instantly make a home bright, welcoming, and cozy. While hiring someone to paint is enticing, a well-spent afternoon of painting yourself can easily save you $500-$1000. Here are a few key pointers to keep in mind:
If you simply cannot take on a full painting project, decide what you are willing to paint and hire someone else for the remainder. Keep in mind that trim and doors tend to be just as expensive as painting the walls, so pick your battle.
Choosing paint with primer will save you the added expense of purchasing them separately.
Spending a little more on higher quality paint will save you in the long run...not only will it likely include primer, but it will also likely adhere better, meaning fewer coats of paint and more time to enjoy your hard work!
Become a Gardener
A well-kept garden escape is an elusive dream for many, yet fundamental part of a cozy home. We dream of backyards boasting rose-laden garden arbors, voluptuous flower beds, and abundant edibles, but fear of cost, not to mention effort required, can put a damper on our outdoor space. So how do you accomplish gardening while limiting expenditures at your local home improvement store?
Choose two or three low-maintenance plants that will fill out your yard nicely, such as hydrangeas, Knockout Roses, and cypresses.
Attend native plant festivals and botanical garden plant sales, which offer plants that grow well in your area, often at a discount.
Root plants – cut the leaf or flower off of a favorite plant, and either place directly into soil or water to grow new roots! And viola...you have a whole new plant for free!
Choose perennials over annuals…they may cost a little more when purchased but return year after year.
Recycle and Repurpose
We have all seen and resented that old chair, the one that has the '70’s style finish, perhaps one too many stains (we shudder to think what from!), and a strange smell. So do you throw it out and be done with it, or do you restore and keep it? The choice is yours, but keep in mind that these potential treasures are great for making over a lackluster space, such as room under a stairwell or along a wider hallway, into a reading nook. Simply Febreze to remove smells and give a refinished look with a chair slip cover. Set next to a small side table and bookcase, completing the look with a table lamp and chair pillow. For other similar ideas, see 5 Ways to Turn Your Junk into Crafty Treasure.
Creating a personalized home takes time, patience, and creativity. Plan transformations out, trust in your ability to do projects on your own, and rethink before you throw away. Soon your home will be cozier than ever and all within budget! For more ways to make your home cozy, check out 6 Simple Tips for Adding Hygge to Your Home.