You don’t need to break the bank to give your home a little bit of a freshen up, and with the new season around the corner, it is the perfect time to do so!
If you have quickly dismissed interior styling or home ‘transformations due to the costs, here are some easy tips and tricks you can implement to remain stylish whilst still being savvy.
REUSE AND RECYCLE
Have you got an old armchair that you love, but it looks dated, rugged and worn? One easy way to cut costs, while still having stylish, luxe pieces to upcycle your old ones. Instead of taking it to the tip, reupholster in a new, on-trend fabric that will suit your space. The same goes for furniture! Try a new coat of paint or new handles/knobs. Even hit up your local op shop or thrift store to see what you can give a new life to.
KEEP IT NEUTRAL
If you are looking to upgrade your furniture or buy big-ticket items, opt for neutral tones. Not only will this ensure your items stand the test of time, but it will also give you more diversity and versatility. You will easily be able to change up the look each year with a few accessories, throws, and cushions.
Avoid making hasty decisions, especially if they are influenced by trends. Also don’t fall into the trap of, ‘well it’s only cheap, so I will just buy it’. When shopping for furniture, accessories and the like, you will want to weigh up the variables. Consider the three F’s: functionality, flow and future.
- Functionality: What function will this piece serve the space? Will it be used often?
- Flow: How does this piece fit with the other pieces in my space?
- Future: Does this item have longevity?
Inexpensive Chinese porcelain, woven trays, placemats, and basketware can really stretch a budget and still get the last layer of personality. You can find a heap of these pieces at places like Kmart, Target, and BigW for a great price. They really help tie a room together, add some finishing touches and elevate the look and feel.
SIMPLE & SAFE
Cheap things usually go wrong when they are tricked up. Look for household staples in your colour palette. We suggest sticking to the items mentioned above. Don’t overcomplicate it, keep it simple stupid.
MIX ‘N’ MATCH
When it comes to collecting items for styling, not every piece has to be precious. It’s much more important to find things you truly love. Be original. Collecting things that are out of fashion, or have not yet become a fad. Some may be from op shops, some may be collected while on holiday, or gifted. The mix ‘n’ match nature will trick the eye and cost won’t matter, just stick to a theme across all pieces.
LAYOUT IS KEY
Make the most of the space you have. Really work on designing your space to optimise each room’s flow and feeling. If your spaces are small, consider manoeuvres that will make a room feel larger than it is. Carve space out of every niche, and optimise every alcove. Find a focal point (like a great, big, artwork or mirror) and arrange seating around it. Consider views into rooms and place furniture in a way that complements or contrasts architecture.
We hope you can implement these tips to level up your home and ring in the spring season. If you are looking for more styling or renovation inspiration check out our previous blog posts below or follow us on Instagram @ithinkproperty.
TAYLAH ANTONIOLLI – MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
07 3202 3040
A go getter and doer, Taylah is a no excuses, get the job done kind of girl. With a strong work ethic and high attention to detail, Taylah is happy to help out wherever she can. Armed with a degree in business specialising in marketing and public relations Taylah brings fresh ideas and innovation to the iThink team.