How to style your home on a budget

How to style your home on a budget

Styling your home can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of having your own space, but sometimes the cost can outweigh your dreams of creating that vision. You might have Pinterest boards overflowing with ideas to take your home styling to the next level, but your regular financial commitments might leave your space looking more “sharehouse” than “bauhaus”.

Home interior styling on a budget doesn’t mean you’re limited to shopping at op shops and garage sales (although you can find some real beauties there). It means shopping smarter, to get your hands on those home styling wish list items at a cost that suits you.

We’ve picked up a few tips along the way, participating in the paint aspects of home renovation projects, and get to see some pretty amazing home styling ideas – without the price tag. Check out our short list of hints below to help you learn how to style your home on a budget.


How to style your home through Online Auctions

Websites like GraysOnline and eBay are a gold mine for picking up discounted home styling goods for a fraction of the cost. Online auctions are an opportunity for commercial or private sellers to sell unwanted or retail-rejected goods, at a price the market is willing to pay. GraysOnline usually offer brand new goods with “damaged packaging” for as much as 50% off! Think appliances, TVs and entertainment goods, outdoor furniture and more! If you’re looking how to style your home on a budget, these sites can often be a one-stop-shop to getting the product you wanted, at less than retail prices.


Home styling via Online Sales Sites

If it’s time to add the smaller trinkets to your home styling, look no further than online sales sites such as Temple & Webster, LivingStyles and even OzSale. How are these different to online auctions? Firstly, they are fixed price sales, and only available to members who sign up to receive the email alerts (which are free). These sites offer flash sales from commercial suppliers who need to get rid of stock – and usually at heavily discounted or cost price. Here you will find soft furnishings, decorative wall items, beautiful kitchenware and general home decor – just keep your eye on your inbox to find a sale relevant to you!


Tip Shops are gold mines

Time to go offline and old school. Unfortunately most tips have now completely ruled out “scavenging”, but that’s now been replaced with tip shops, offering the public a chance to pick up goods for next to nothing (we’re talking $5 for a coffee table here). Tip shops are littered with big ticket furniture goods, such as dining tables, sideboards, office furniture and even general building goods! Whilst it might take some digging around to find anything worth taking home, you might just find a gem! It helps to have a handy DIY friend, neighbour or relative to help you revamp your tip shop bargain. With a little redressing you can have a vintage piece restored for a pittance that’s the star of the show.

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Local Facebook Buy/Swap/Sell pages

The internet is a beautiful thing. It’s connected us in ways we previously only dreamt of! Gone are the days of scouring through the Trading Post and calling someone to negotiate a price (“tell ‘em they’re dreaming”), now you can wait for the perfect item to appear on your newsfeed! Facebook Buy/Swap/Sells generally just require you to “like” the page, and you’re in business! If you’re really wanting to style your home on a budget, Facebook groups will offer anything from near-new leather couches and bed frames, to BBQ’s and decorative garden ornaments. Plus, people generally aren’t trying to make money (they just want the item gone) so they’ll accept most reasonable offers.


Achieving a high-end look for a low-end price

If you’re looking for how to style your home on a budget, it might take a little more time than walking in to a department store and paying top dollar for the living room suite. However, it also means more money in your back pocket (and a bit of an adventure!). What it doesn’t have to mean is that your home looks like a mish-mash of furniture from the 70’s. It’s all about having a consistent style and looking in the right places. Often, all it takes is a uniform colour scheme to tie everything together, and using on-trend colours will make sure your home interior styling looks modern and fresh. If you haven’t already, be sure to download our free colour trends eBook for some colour inspiration before you go crazy collecting your pieces!


If you are putting the finishing touches on your home interior styling, and would like to chat to Summit about how we can help, contact us today.

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Maxine Ottowa

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Maxine Ottowa