You don’t have to break the bank to have a beautiful home, explains interior designer Tahn Scoon.
Interior designer and author Tahn Scoon spends her days creating glorious living spaces and she knows how to do it on a budget.
Here Ms Scoon shares some insider tips of the trade on how to redo your home while saving your pennies.
Buy a kit kitchen
If installing a new kitchen, consider purchasing a flat pack design as it can be around a third of the price of commissioning a bespoke kitchen. The trick is to personalise a kit kitchen by selecting more interesting hardware, splash backs and bench tops. Also consider wrapping your island cabinetry in a timber cladding . You’ll end up with a bespoke look at a fraction of the price.
Alternatively, ask your kitchen retailer if they might sell you a kitchen off the showroom floor. You’ll potentially save thousands.
Play with paint
Paint will be your number one tool when decorating on a budget. Walls are straightforward to paint of course and not only is paint miles cheaper than either wallpaper or tiles, but a fresh coat of paint has the power to instantly uplift any room.
In wet areas, rather than floor to ceiling tiles, tile only part way up the wall and paint the rest. You can even add a dado rail to hide the tile edge.
Visit your local salvage yard
It’s unbelievable how much money you can save by buying vintage or second hand pieces. One homeowner I know bought a mismatched collection of French doors then tied them all together by painting them white. You’d never know, as they’re all in different rooms, and it saved him a fortune.
Old timber furniture can be easily updated with a fresh coat of paint or stain and metal pendants and the like can be given a new lease of life with a simple spray of Rustoleum.
Group and save
When it comes to larger purchases, such as appliances, try and select everything from the same store. You’ll usually be able to negotiate a decent discount for multiple buys and it helps keep your paperwork simple. You’ll save on delivery fees.