Affordable Decorating for Your First Home Together as a Couple

When couples decide to move in together, they don’t always realize how much compromise ends up being part of the deal. Finding the right home is only the first step. Then you face the task of combining households and decorating your new home, all without spending a fortune. These tips will help you make the most of your decorating budget while finding a style that makes your new house really feel like home.

Out With the Old, In With the New

Most of us are used to living independently before moving in with a significant other, which means you probably each have your own furnishings. You don’t have to start from scratch, but setting up your home as a couple is a good time to at least give your style a refresh.

Prioritize upgrading things that will make the biggest impact on your decor and daily lives, like new linens that you pick out together. Replacing bed linens and old bath towels is an inexpensive way to get instant style for your master bed and bathroom, and this helps create a haven you always want to come home to.

One of the best ways to save money on all the little things you need for your home is by taking advantage of online discounts at major retailers. For example, a Bed Bath & Beyond promo code can be applied toward linens and a new coffeemaker, and best of all, you can purchase everything in one place while stacking your savings.

When you’re choosing home decor, design experts caution against simply blending your style with your partner’s. Instead, it works better to hone in on commonalities in what you both like and weave those throughout your home’s design. You may end up with some things that don’t go along with that style, and that’s ok. If you aren’t ready to get rid of anything, you may want to keep those items in a storage unit for the time being. This way, you have time to decide what to do with your belongings, whether they eventually make their way into your home or you end up selling or donating them. And this doesn’t have to be an expensive effort. The best value for a cheap 5'x5' unit can be found at Self Storage Plus in nearby Owings Mills for only $47 a month.

Make a Statement With High-Impact, Low-Cost Decor

Shopping online with discounts, cash back, and other offers is the best way to get your new home set up affordably. If you’re looking for new furniture, the time of year you buy can also make a difference. Along with smart shopping, another great strategy is to concentrate on decor that makes a high-impact statement without costing much. These are a few of the most affordable decor tricks that go a long way toward adding style:

     Paint - Most people paint the walls of their new home, but don’t stop there. It pays to think outside the box and get creative with your use of paint. Money Crashers recommends using special paint techniques, such as creating stripes, ombre, or stenciling. Paint can also spruce up old furniture, cabinets, and sometimes even floors.

     Houseplants - Nothing brings life into a home quite like plants. Home Edit features some creative ways to make plants part of your decor, such as building a kitchen herb garden or using one large plant as a focal point in the living room.

     Hardware - One of the quickest and most affordable ways to bring dated furniture and cabinets into the 21st century is by swapping out hardware. New hardware is already much more affordable than purchasing all new furniture, and you can often get bulk discounts if you plan on upgrading more than one item. When you combine new knobs or pulls with fresh paint, you give old furniture a totally new look on the cheap. 

Setting up your first home together is a new start, which is why you want a fresh look when it comes to decorating. The most budget-friendly solution is a combination of making old items feel new and purchasing new items selectively. This combination of savvy-shopping and a little elbow grease is the best way to get the most out of your decorating budget. 

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