If you’re tired of spending all your time at home, shake things up with these fun, budget-friendly home décor ideas.

Budget-friendly home décor tips for the monsoon

The kind of space you live and function in has a great influence on how you feel. Wonder why restaurants and cafes focus so much on the ambience? It’s because your surroundings can influence your mood and emotions. Now, especially with the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve been spending all your time at home. It’s become the one place you do everything in – from working to resting to cooking to (virtually) socialising. 

It’s not enough that your house is clean and tidy – it also has to look aesthetic, be functional, and feel like your safe and happy space. Want another reason to give your home a makeover? The changing seasons! Monsoons are great, but they also bring a sense of gloom and dreariness that no one needs right now. But you don’t need to spend a ton of money to brighten up your home and make it monsoon-ready. Read on for some fun and budget-friendly décor ideas. 

1. Declutter your space

Before you start making your space pretty, you need to declutter it. Tidying up may not be as fun, but it’s the foundation of a good space that you can’t ignore. You can follow Marie Kondo’s sensational tidying up method, the KonMari method. It will help you get rid of everything you don’t need, appreciate what you have, and make space for things you need. Also, you can use this opportunity to dust and clean every corner of your home. Once you’re through, you can start working on your exciting home décor ideas. 

2. Add a touch of colour

No, you don’t need to paint your walls. Look at all the items that use fabrics – bedsheets, cushion covers, curtains, mats, rugs, etc. Swap these so that they include bright colours such as yellow, orange, pink, blue, green, and purple. This DIY home décor 101 will instantly brighten up your space and give it a fun, fresh charm. If sewing is one of your skills, use your old clothes to make new cushion and pillow covers – or even a patchwork quilt! Or you can look for good deals online. For a bohemian vibe, add a bit of white amidst the blues, greens, and browns.

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3. Bring in nature

Humans and nature have a strong connect, whether you are a keen nature-lover or not. With all the time you’re spending indoors, it’s important to bring in elements of nature into your home. Plants are the easiest way to do this. Indoor plants, succulents, and vines are a sustainable option if you aren’t the best at taking care of plants. You can also look at growing certain vegetables and herbs. Sprouts, green onions, and bell peppers are the easiest to grow at home. Other natural elements, such as stones and wood, could also be a part of your home décor. And finally, the easiest thing you can do is open the windows and let the sunlight pour in on days that aren’t too cloudy. 

4. Focus on the scents

Most people focus heavily on the visual elements but tend to forget another important sensory aspect – smell. Scented candles are the easiest way to make your home smell like a dream. The best part is you can customise this based on scents that have a soothing effect on you – from coffee and cocoa to jasmine and lavender. You can buy tea candles, block candles, mason jar candles, etc. Or you can look up DIY candles that work just as well and are fun to make. Another way you can focus on scent is by optimising on an item found in most Indian homes – incense sticks. They have a calming effect and can help you relax. 

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5. Hang up some lights

One of the quickest ways to add magic and whimsy to your home is by putting up fairy lights. They are perhaps the most coveted hack in the DIY home décor space because their warm, yellow glow has the power to make any space feel homely and cosy. You can look up innovative ways to string fairy lights, whether for your living room redo or bedroom revamp. You can also look at decorative string lights that many cafes use for an upgraded version of fairy lights. This, along with your scented candles, will make your home achieve #aestheticgoals. 

6. Rearrange your furniture

The most effective way to turn around your home is to rearrange the furniture. It can completely change your space and make it look lively and refreshed. Since you’re also using your home as your workspace during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s the best time to relook at your space and gauge how functional it is. Moving your work desk or table away from the window may prove to be less distracting, especially when you’re attending video calls and meetings. Shifting your bed to a different wall or corner can also open up the space in your bedroom. Rearranging your furniture can make your home more functional and give it an upgraded appearance.

Finally, it’s important to remember that your home should reflect your personality – who you are and what you do. For instance, if you like painting, use this time to paint something new and hang it up as the central art piece in your living room. As you can tell, most of these home décor ideas require little or no money. It’s all about being resourceful and repurposing the things you already have. Look at these 9 Items you can save money if you buy them at the right time.


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