Having a family means having a budget and that can wreak havoc with your redecorating money. Instead of buying that new sofa or winged back chair shoes, school uniforms and lunch money come first. Never fear though, because there are some great ways to decorate your house for your family while still on a budget. If you are looking for some frugal ideas besides hanging handcrafted wine bottle wall art, try some of the fun and kid-friendly tips below.
Slipcovers are a busy family’s best friend. Ideally, you will have at least two slipcovers at all times. This is especially important if you have small children, because the inevitably, spills, stains, marks and smears happen. Slipcovers allow you to have great looking furniture that can easily be cleaned or swapped out when the kids make their presence known. You can have two slipcovers that are the same to make a smooth transition from one to the other, or you can have two completely different looks ready to go. Slipcovers are definitely a frugal family’s best friend.
Holiday decorations can take a big bite out of a family’s budget. While it may seem like a bargain to buy that cobweb spider decoration for Halloween for under $20, when you consider that you will only be using the decoration for a few weeks, the use to cost ratio suddenly does not make sense. Instead of spending a lot of money on holiday decor, let your children help you create some fun and exciting decorations that are sure to liven up your house. If you have previously purchased large outdoor wall art with a holiday theme that is sitting around unused, consider bringing it into the house to help with decorations. Some outdoor wall art pieces can be easily adapted to being hung indoors and look just as good as when they were displayed outside.
Pint Size Picassos
Children, by their very nature, love creating pictures and making drawings for their families. Instead of hiding away those miniature masterpieces, use them to decorate your home. Favorite drawings can be hung in inexpensive dollar store frames and lined up down a long hallway wall. Colorful watercolors can become living room focal points when placed in beautiful frames. Even the bathroom decor can benefit from the artwork that your children make. The trick to making their artwork match the colors in your home’s decor, is to give them only the colors that you want to match when they are coloring or painting. This will result in pieces that match the rest of the house perfectly.
Decorating on a budget can be a lot of fun. It can be a way to draw the family closer and bring out artistic talent in your children and yourself. Get everyone involved in decorating and creating beautiful artwork and you may find that family together time just got a whole lot more exciting.