Have you wanted to renovate the family room for a while now, but just haven’t figured out how to go about it without spending a fortune? You might have exhausted all areas of surplus cash tucked away for a rainy day, already had that rainy day, or simply don’t want to spend it. It really doesn’t matter though, as you can renovate on a tight budget…without tapping too far into a savings account.
Unless you are entwined into some need for luxury and designer brand to impress others, you can create a very nice area for the family to gather, because that is what a family room should be designed with in mind…the family.
So, pull up a chair, kick up your feet, and read on to learn how you can provide a great space for your family… on a budget.
1. Picking a Theme or Design Style
Before you do anything, a great first step in creating a new space without breaking the bank is to choose either a theme, or a design style. If you don’t know what style you want before you make purchases…you could easily spend more than necessary in attempts to make it all blend together.
If you are having difficulty making a decision on going traditional, contemporary, or whatever other style or theme you might like, try taking a look online to get some ideas. The Internet is a great source of ideas, sales, and even reviews for certain items you may be looking to purchase.
2. The Color Wheel Options
Picking out a color can be fun, right? But, it can also be a wise investment of time. Colors, tones, and hues can significantly affect a person’s mood. So, knowing this room will have daily exposure, choose wisely. Various colors can bring out energy, while others are very calming and soothing. There have been studies on this subject and the information can be found on the Internet. I’m not just making this up…really.
So, decide what you want to achieve in your room first. For example, if you are thinking of a gaming room where energy might be higher than normal, you could get away with reds. Or, if you want the room to be a peaceful space to unwind, do homework, or have quiet family time, blues and greens are a great option. Yellows, on the other hand, can lighten the mood, while not instigating excessive energy.
Again, the investment here is just a little time to learn about what color can do for your mood.
3. Furniture that Makes Cents and Sense
Next, take a look around to see what your needs are for furniture. When I renovate a room, I like to have the furniture layout planned first, and then search for pieces that will fit nicely. Most family rooms will do well with a couch and a couple recliners. However, not all rooms are large, or a perfectly squared room. So, you might have to look for pieces that fit small spaces, or odd corners. If your room is odd shape, or small, take a look on the Internet to see what is available for couches and recliners for small spaces. You can then shop around for the best price if you want new furniture…especially clearance departments.
Or, keeping up with the budget-friendly theme, take a look at second-hand stores, estate sales, or even garage sales. The pieces might not be exactly your color, but you can work around that with throws to cover them in your choice of color.
4. Saving on Décor
Decorating the room can really add up and make a dent in the wallet as well. However, there are some ways to keep the cost down. Take a look at the following:
Go Cheap: Use inexpensive candles, pillows, throws, glass bottles, and various small pieces to add color…nobody needs to know you picked them up on clearance, with a coupon, and used your mom’s senior discount, right?
Garage Sales: It might be hit and miss, but going around to garage sales will provide a great opportunity for items at next-to-nothing cost
Handmade Pieces: Frame some of your children’s drawings …or, have them draw them now. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just special and in the right colors.
Chalkboard Paint: Depending on the theme of your room, consider painting one wall or a section of a wall with chalkboard paint. This could be fun and creative, because you can change it up often.
Family Photos: Family photos are a great way to add décor inexpensively, which could also add a lot of character, memories, and conversation starters.
As you can see, there are several ways to decorate a room on a budget. Get creative…and enjoy!
Obviously, there will be some cost involved when renovating a room. However, there are ways to keep that cost down, and hopefully I shared enough with you to get your own creative juices flowing. Even with a little cost, the investment of time and money is worth it, if it means spending quality time together as a family.
Rick Mercado is a successful online marketer and writer, who will often draw inspiration for his writing projects while browsing the Internet. For instance, he was searching through http://www.reclinerchairreviews.com, when he decided to write on renovations on a budget. Rick works from home, but can also be found at his local coffee house on his laptop. When Rick is not working, he spends time in the great outdoors kayaking and hiking. Living in Halifax with his wife, he is also a fan of Canadian history, fishing boats, seafood, and hopes to become a helicopter pilot someday.