Let’s face it – we all have to live on a budget, whether we like it or not. We’re not all Kim Kardashian or Kanye West, and we can’t afford lavish, gold-dipped finishes. North West’s ridiculously opulent parents aside, decorating your home on a budget significantly less than a few million Dollars needn’t be as restrictive as one might think it is. Whether you live in an apartment block, housing development or stand-alone, there are many low-cost ways of keeping your home looking fancy, tasteful and elegant, all without having to take a second bond out on your house. Here are some quick, easy tips on how to keep your abode looking just as flashy and fabulous as Kimye’s, but on a reasonable budget:
Build a headboard
Headboards instantly make things look more expensive. The beauty of a headboard is that it can be made out of absolutely any kind of material. Remember that the darker and more neutral the colour, the more esteemed it will look. Our favourite is dark or stained woods and fabric-covered panels. Adding a headboard to your bedroom will immediately add some pizazz, and transform your room into one fit for a princess.
Change your lampshades
Kim and Kanye are nothing if not advocates of monochrome. I mean, look at their clothing – they don’t generally stray from neutral pallets, and are, more often than not, photographed in all black, white or cream. Take a leaf out of their book – for your lampshades, at least, and give them a fresh, chic spin. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference you can make by using uniformed, neutral lampshades.
Pair your colours well
One of the easiest ways to give a room a makeover is to choose two contrasting colours and pull the entire room together using only these colours. For example, painting the walls a light or baby blue, and pairing it with shale grey accessories will not only make the space look bigger, it will also make it look more finished. For a more dramatic look, try a combination of black walls and gold accessories.
Do as much as you can by yourself
One of the biggest expenses involved in giving your home a makeover is paying someone else the labour costs. Do whatever you can by yourself, whether it be hanging up shelves or adding a fresh coat of paint, do it yourself and save money. Alternatively, bribe a friend with some pizza and ask them to help you – either way, it will work out to be far cheaper than hiring a contractor.
Perfection is not always perfect
If you’re looking to invest in some appliances, look around for ones that are slightly flawed. Usually, demo or showroom models have tiny scratches that are barely visible. Finding a washing machine, tumble dryer or fridge with a little scratch on it may not be the worst thing. Shop assistants and managers are usually more than willing to knock a few hundred Rands off less-than-perfect stock. It’s an easy way to save money while still getting exactly what you want.
Sure, you may not be able to hire out a stadium to propose to your significant other, you may not be on the cover of Vogue magazine, and you probably won’t name your first-born after compass points, but you certainly can decorate your home in (almost) the same level of luxury (but at a much lower cost) as Kimye.
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