Last updated: April 26, 2023
Moving house on its own is a large expense. Whether you are moving into your first place, upsizing or just moving somewhere new, you have a host of costs to consider. There is the actual cost of the mortgage and other fees, then there are elements such as surveys and your removal van and services on the day. And this is all before you’ve even thought about decorating or furnishing the property. Once you’ve actually bought the house, you might find you don’t have enough money left to kit it out with expensive pieces, but this doesn’t need to be the case. Luckily there are many ways you can still make your house look great without spending a huge fortune. Here we explore some ways to kit out your new home and make it look luxurious without spending the earth.
Go to a furniture auction
While thrift shops and digital marketplaces are great, many people don’t often consider online auctions? The fact of the matter is that these can be brilliant ways to pick up a bargain on an expensive and luxurious piece of furniture for your home, at a fraction of the price. Online auction houses are great as you don’t need to leave your house and can clearly see a range of different items that you can choose to bid on. From accessories to things such as your new sofa or bookcase, you are sure to pick up a great bargain or two, all without you even having to lift a muscle. It’s a win win situation!
Learn how to upcycle
Another great way to make your home look luxurious on a budget is to learn how to upcycle and do up old pieces of furniture. They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and you will be surprised at just what you can do with something that looks like it has seen better days. Head to second-hand shops and car boot sales and see what furniture pieces you can pick up for a bargain. Once you have these, invest in things such as new drawer handles and furniture paint and see where you go from there. It’s amazing what a few little fixes can do and soon your home will look luxurious without you having had to fork out for something brand new.
Choose your accessories carefully
Accessories are one of the best ways to imbue your home with a luxurious touch and as such these shouldn’t be overlooked. One thing you want to do is to choose these accessories carefully. Things such as large, oversized prints are great for making your home look more luxurious, while rugs can make a space feel cosy and warm. You want to find scents such as candles and reed diffusers that smell expensive – there are many places you can find dupes of more expensive scents that smell almost exactly the same but for a fraction of the cost. Adding accessories like cushions and throws to your sofa are another fantastic way of making it look more expensive than it is and pulling the whole look together.
Give it time
Don’t expect too much too soon! You have just moved in and it will take a while for it all to come together. Make sure you don’t rush into purchases just because you want it finished as this could end up costing you more in the long run. Instead, be patient and keep an eye on items, waiting for events such as black Friday or boxing day sales can also be a great way to nab that piece you’ve had your eye on but at a bargain. You can set up price alerts for places so they can email you when an item goes down in price too. Also make sure you don’t go into debt just to buy an item, it’s better to wait and save.
These are a few things you can do that can help you to make your new home look luxurious on a budget. Your new home might not look like you want it to right away, but soon it will be a beautiful haven that you can’t wait to spend all of your time in. It can be a good idea to keep a budget calendar so you can work out what you have to spend when and factor in things such as your new bills which might have gone up since your previous property. Have you recently moved somewhere and furnished it on a budget? If so, what are some things you did in order to make it look that bit more luxurious? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!
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