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18 ideas how to furnish a house with little money

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After investing in renovating a house or buying a new apartment, most homeowners run short of money to furnish their homes to make them look picture perfect. The good news is that you can furnish a house even with a very small budget. Today’s ideabook focuses on presenting you with cheap solutions for decorating your house without spending too much.

1. Create a focal point

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A small living room can look cosy and well decorated by having something that draws attention. The furniture can be arranged around a focal point, whether it’s a fireplace, a television or a painting to give the room a warm ambience.

2. Use plants

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Greenery adds a lovely natural touch to any space, and it doesn’t cost much. When you are looking for ideas how to furnish a flat with little money plants can be your allies. Place them in the corners of your living room or use them to create a welcoming setting at the entrance of your home.

Find inspiration in these ideas to decorate your home with indoor plants.

3. A thoughtful display

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You don’t have to invest in expensive art or accessories to make your house look well-furnished. Look through your collection of photographs and select a few that you can frame to decorate the blank walls in your home.

4. Make a statement with flowers

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Like plants, flowers add colour and vibrancy to a home. Place vases filled with beautiful flower arrangements to bring a sophisticated air to your apartment. It won’t cost much to replenish the flowers once a week, and it will keep your house looking fresh and lovely always. If you don’t want to buy new vases, place flowers in tall glasses or ceramic urns.

5. Colourful cushions

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One of the cheapest ways to furnish a house and make it look charming without a big budget is to add colour with cushions and small pillows. Pick an array of bright and bold cushions that add a lot of flair to your rooms. This trick can work in the living room and in bedrooms.

If you are unsure of the colours that will work in your rooms, consult an interior decorator.

6. Make curtains longer

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While every house has curtains or blinds on the windows, if you are looking for tips on how to furnish a flat with little money, add drama with your curtains. Instead of hanging them just a few inches above the window, raise the height and let them fall from the ceiling. In addition to adding elegance to the room, this technique plays with the dimensions of the room and makes it look taller than it is. This tip is particularly useful for rooms with low ceilings.

7. Expand spaces with mirrors

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In a room that is dark due to insufficient natural light, decorating the room with large mirrors can help to create the illusion of space. Mirrors reflect light to brighten up the area and make it appear larger than it is. In a small room, consider covering an entire wall with a mirror to expand the space visually.

8. Colour coordinate

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A well put together home looks like everything in it matches to perfection. If you don’t have a big budget to invest in decorative accessories, use colour to create a similar impression. All you need to do to furnish a house in this manner is to pick a colour. Then, browse through your existing collection to find crockery, linen or accessories to match the colour. Place these in your house to create a well-coordinated look that makes your home look like you spent a lot on decorating it.

9. Cosy conversations

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Warmth is undeniably one of the most vital features that interior decorators and homeowners like to bring to a home’s decor. A simple way to achieve this is by creating cosy spaces that facilitate conversation. Instead of pushing the furniture against the wall, consider moving them away from it to create seating that is friendlier.

10. Dress your tables

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Instead of keeping the surfaces of your tables and cabinets bare, use runners to add a classy touch. If you don’t have money to spend on new runners, improvise by using old scarves or throws to create the same effect.

11. Fruitful design

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Just like plants and flowers, fruits are a natural element that can bring vibrancy to the décor. One of the cheap ideas for how to furnish a house is to bring your fruits out of the refrigerator and arrange them in glass bowls or cane baskets on your dining table, kitchen counters or sideboards to add a splash of beauty and colour.

12. A library

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Books are irreplaceable when it comes to adding cosiness and warmth to your home. If you can’t invest in a bookshelf to display your collection of books, consider arranging them neatly on a side table or cabinet. You can even pile up your books on the floor to create a makeshift side table in your living room.

Alternatively, you can get a cheap book shelf built by a carpenter.

13. Spa-like bathrooms

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When you want to furnish a house to look like it belongs in a magazine, don’t neglect the bathrooms. It doesn’t cost much to give your bathrooms a touch of sophistication. Roll up towels and place them in a basket or on a tray near the basin to create a spa-like ambiance. Enhance the effect by lighting scented candles or using aroma diffusers in the bathroom. Place a couple of flowers in a glass of water to bring a refreshing touch to the bathroom.

14. Wall sculptures in the kitchen

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The kitchen is another room that is often neglected when people furnish houses. Add interesting touches by putting your crockery or utensils on display. Arrange crockery on open shelves, or you can even hang pots and pans on a blank wall to make it look like an art installation.

15. A creative headboard

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Get innovative and create unique elements that add a designer touch to your house. One way to do this is to make a stunning headboard for your bed, using an old door or by upholstering a piece of cardboard or plywood with colourful fabric.

16. Bright and colourful storage

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It doesn’t matter if you don’t have money to furnish a house with built in cupboards that can hide clutter. Make the most of the available space to fix open shelves – it can be constructed from sheets of wood or glass that won’t cost too much. Get colourful storage boxes that can be arranged neatly on these shelves to create an artistic highlight in your house.

17. Beautiful lamps

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Illumination plays a significant role in the overall look of a house. You don’t need expensive crystal chandeliers or artistic lampshades to create a memorable setting. Replace old lampshades with inexpensive paper ones that bring a light and airy feel to the space. Alternatively, you can wrap lampshades with colourful scarves to create a stunning highlight in the room.

18.D-I-Y art

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If you have an artistic streak, all it costs to create beautiful art for your walls is your imagination and a frame.

Find more ideas for easy D-I-Y apartment improvements.

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