If you love styling on a budget, collecting charity shops finds and car boot sale hauls, then this bargain loving look is your style.
Thrifty Decor is a money savvy style that oozes self expression and soul.
Thrifty Decor is about creating an interesting and eclectic interior on a shoestring by curating high street bargains and second hand finds.
How to style your home
When Beatengreen began over a decade ago, the Thrifty Decor home style was my first love. The style suits anyone on a budget or with an abundance of furnishings since pretty much anything goes.
Small spaces can be eclectically furnished. Cloths can hide an unloved table and a well-used armchair modestly reupholstered to save money.
Car boot sale treasures, charity shop finds, high street bargains, second hand furniture, hand-me-downs and home-made pieces can become permanent, staple furnishings.
2) Creative Re-use
Create unique and personal features by imaginatively up-cycling, recycling or re-using interior items.
For instance, fashion dining room chairs from outside furnishings with new seat pads. Use books to support shelving. Or employ occasional chairs as bedside tables.
In the images below a single bed base has been upholstered in place of a day bed. This works beautifully, and just as well.
With so much commercialism, especially in the world of interiors, we can easily overlook the obvious.
3) Mix and Match
Mix and matching as many interior genres as possible will create the most organic, eclectic style.
In the first image below a 30’s armchair sits quietly with a modern built-in wardrobe.
A simple but unique look has been styled from a country cottage table, bentwood chairs and a modern laminate bookcase. A chesterfield style sofa, 60’s table lamp and gold lamé footstool sit seamlessly alongside each other.
And the final image shows how well a modern, built-in kitchenette can work with a 70’s dining table and industrial old school chairs in this Thrifty Decor.
Thrifty Decor welcomes colour and whilst not the mainstay of the style (unlike its Bright Bazaar cousin), colour does have a place in balancing such an amalgamation of furnishings.
Used mindfully, colour can be applied as wall paint to ground a scheme, or picked out in various belongings to provide a balanced composition.
Cushions also work well to bring opposing colours together from across the room. Something as simple as a coloured lamp could be used to balance out a shelf.
Working with colour always takes a little experimenting and changes as the room evolves.
Establishing the function and layout of a room is the most important part of styling. Following that – as long as there is a strong focal point, balance and composition, then it’s a free for all!
Try accentuating an existing feature such as old wallpaper, even if only for the short term.
Paint and artwork can go a long way when used as prominent features or focal points. The green painted fire surround below pops with colour and the wide shelf displays a collection of eye catching paintings.
Try painting modern high street storage units the same colour as a feature wall to tie them both together.
(Nb: appropriate primer and undercoat must be used for maximum adhesion when painting onto shiny surfaces).
including my hand picked selection of High Street furnishings!
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