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18 Feb

Tips for stylish home décor on a budget

In designing your dream home, it goes without saying that you aspire for the very best in style, comfort and functionality, no matter what your budget maybe. So for an impactful update to your home, combine stylish looks with these money-saving tricks

A shoestring budget doesn’t necessarily imply that you need to settle or compromise for anything less than what you hoped for and imagined. Create your dream décor with these bargain decorating ideas.


Living and dining area

Natural and elegant: Cut down costs in your living room by picking sofa sets and couches that don’t exhaust your budget. Let your centre table draw attention with a classic fresh flower arrangement. “For upholstery, use easy-to-maintain fabrics in neutral colours with cushions in contrasting colours,” avers Leila Erfan, Creative Director, ARIA Interior Design. Add potted plants as a decorating tool. Use textured paint for one of your walls to highlight the space. For lighting, try artistic handmade paper or even jute lamp shades. For your dining area, “Select an anti-stain fabric or leatherette for your chairs, which are easy to clean in case of spills,” adds Erfan.



Pop-coloured accessories and furnishings: For this simple yet classy look, let your accessories and soft furnishings steal the limelight, while you cut costs and keep furniture to a bare minimum. “Eschew the four-poster bed; instead play with an innovative bed design such as a chariot-inspired bed,” suggests architect, interior and product designer Shantanu Garg of Shantanu Garg Design.

Besides your wardrobe, keep the room clutter-free. “A pop of colour in your curtains, multi-hued bed runner and cushions, statement rug and lamps in breakaway colours are some of the items you can add if you’re working on a limited budget,” adds Garg.


Wall art and decals: Do you fancy fine art for your bedroom? Well, try inexpensive colourful wall art or decals instead. “A chalkboard wall is a great way to import a contemporary look to your space. If the walls are dramatic, keep everything else clean and clutter-free,” concludes Garg.



Go minimal: When it comes to your bathroom, follow the ‘less is more’ rule. To create this look, select muted shades like cream, white, beige or pastels for your walls. Then, place a giant mirror above your wash basin to create the illusion of space. “A complete glass shower cubicle not only makes the bathroom more functional, but also restricts the space from looking congested. It is a great way to segregate the shower area from the other utility space,” elucidates Garg. Add in an element of colour by placing a petite-sized rug. “Also, try incorporating a decorative tile panel to create an artistic statement wall. Enlarge one window area to allow natural light as well as to create a beautiful interior design element,” explains Garg.



Functionality over aesthetics: For your kitchen space, concentrate on functionality over aesthetic appeal. Most builders provide basic amenities within the kitchen, like kitchen counters and sinks, so focus on working around what has already been provided. “Modular kitchens involve a gamut of redesigning, plumbing, drilling and so on. With a limited budget, planning a modular kitchen is not advisable. Instead, opt for pull-out drawers with baskets that can be easily purchased from the local market,” explains Neelanjan Gupto, interior designer, Neelanjan Gupto Design Co. Depending on your needs, take your pick from assorted varieties. Also make room for a drain board near the sink to remove excess water from your utensils. Additionally, incorporate skid-free flooring and lustre or oil paint for your walls. Pick a colour scheme that mixes neutral colours with one bright colour.

Invest in a quality exhaust fan rather than a chimney. “Chimneys with a filter mode do not work too well in Indian kitchens. The one with an external duct, involves some drilling and extra fittings, not to mention extra costs. Instead, an exhaust far from a good brand will work wonders in removing the smoke,” adds Gupto.

So there you go, a limited budget shouldn’t dampen your spirits, there is a lot you can do while adhering to a budget that works for you.


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