Anyone that has tried to decorate their home or apartment knows that it can prove to be a costly affair unless you plan properly. This is even more important if you have a few rooms to decorate and lots of things to buy to furnish them.

Of course we all want to have a beautiful living space but at the same time we do not want to be spending money that we simply don’t have. By planning correctly and following a few simple tips decorating your home can not only fun but very cost effective.

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Here are 3 great tips to help you get started:

Plan  a budget

This is the most important thing that you need to do, drawing up an exact amount of money that you can afford to spend is essential. What is even more important is that you actually stick to it! So always leave yourself about 10 percent so it doesn’t matter if you over spend by a small amount. You will need to set a total budget, then it’s time to allocate the budget to each room. You will have rooms that need more money than others – the kitchen is usually the more expensive, then the living and bedrooms areas. Remember, if you go under your budget in one room you can add it to another, so always be on the look out for a great deal wherever possible!

Choose where you will spend your money

You should do your research online and look at catalogues of stores before you start to think about buying anything. By making a list of all the items you need and looking at the current market rates online you will get a good idea of what is realistic. Never rule out going to boot fairs or second hand stores where you are sue to find some amazing bargains!

Accessorise

Buying some great little accessories can really brighten up a room and save you a lot of money. Yankee Candles, for example, will look great on any mantlepiece and act as a great decoration. Cheap vases and alike can be picked up for great prices but have a massive impact.

If you have some tips of your own we would love to hear them! Just pop your comments down in the box below – let’s share and help each other find the best ways to create fantastic homes on a budget.

How to decorate your home on a budget