How to Style a Room on a Budget

Want to inject a unique style into your living space? Here are some expert tips to help you create a new look for less from Creative Designer Marsha Golemac.

1.       Try rearranging
Turning a space into a comfortable living area ultimately comes down to choosing the appropriate sized furniture. Spend time re-arranging your existing furniture, rather than going out to purchase a new sofa. Live with your new arrangement for a few days, it might grow on you or you may want to change again. Either way it will help you make the most of what you have.

2.       Be conservatively bold
Avoid the urge to pick seasonal or trend-driven colours and take some time to think about what colours or textures you would like to live with. You can always add boldness and prints to a neutral colour palette using pillows and throws. The beauty of this is you can change freshen and restyle this space each season. 

3.       Opt for signature touches
Rather than painting a whole room in your chosen colour search for smaller objects, soft furnishings  and make these the signature/ artistic pieces within the home. A pair of decadent salt and pepper shakers on display in the kitchen can make a great deal of difference.

4.       Use colour
Break out the paintbrush on some of those smaller items - sand back and strip or repaint timber furniture and re-purpose your existing treasures. Your local op shop will have a range of vases to bring spray with zesty coloured spray paint. This is a great way to bring some colour pop into your lounge-room.

5.       Preserve history
Family hand-me-downs and personal pieces (furniture/paintings etc) hold a precious, valuable piece in time. Try working these objects back and introduce something contemporary and break the rules with your styling- not all vintage pieces need to sit together.

6.       Declutter
Lofts, warehouses and apartments lend themselves to minimal clutter and clever improvisation. Imagine your home or space half it's size, what would you keep? What would you introduce? Take the time to think about each space/room/corner individually. Chances are you will be selling something on ebay before you're buying something new.

7.       Embrace your personal style
Remember that decorating your home is a reflection of your personality, embrace your individual style before you embrace a trend. It is your home and at the end of the day you are the one living there, so enjoy it.

Marsha Golemac is a Melbourne- Based Paper Artist and Creative Designer, appointed as the Host for Style Lab,  Life Instyle, Melbourne

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