by Porcelain Superstore
Interior design experts reveal seven tips to make your home stylish for less
Achieving the unique and aesthetic look that you’ve been saving on Pinterest while managing to keep your wallet from emptying isn’t impossible.
Interior design experts at Porcelain Superstore know all about this and have compiled a list of this year’s popular trends and ways to achieve the look in your home without breaking the bank or increasing your budget.
- Countertop Refinishing: The Process of Resurfacing and Restoring Existing Countertops
Cheap, renter-friendly solutions are a must-known within the realm of interior designing on a budget, and contact paper is one of those. It can transform any countertop, coffee table and cabinet into your dream material in just a matter of hours.
Some of the most popular effects you’ll be able to achieve are wood and stone. And as this last one has been highly in vogue this year, sculptural tables, dramatic countertops, and eye-catching backsplashes made from unconventional stones are due to appear in your favourite interior design magazine.
Searches for “stone effect” rose 400% in the last month, proving even further the desire to recreate the effect, and purchasing a few rolls of contact paper with your favourite stone or marble design and stick it wherever you’d prefer it, couldn’t be easier.
Contact paper rolls sell for as cheap as £5 on Amazon for simpler designs, and while they can get to £30 or £40, it’ll always be more affordable than buying a £400 stone effect side table.
- From Angles to Arcs: Exploring the Curves Craze in Home Decor
While geometric patterns were significantly in vogue in past years, this year’s trend shifted in the opposite direction, as curves come back in people’s houses. If you’re a fan of the trend, incorporating curved elements couldn’t be easier: try painting an arch on a wall for a perfect accent detail, or, if you feel particularly DIY, you could even try building it around an existing doorway. If you choose to do it yourself, you’ll only need to buy the materials such as plywood sheets, concrete and paint, which can add up to as little as £60-70, while to have this done by a professional you’d need to invest around £450!
Moreover, if you have plans for a bigger project, you could think of modifying your stairwell with softer, curvier lines, as Pinterest data show that it’s an ever-growing trend,
Furniture-wise, you could visit your local used goods market and charity shops in search of curved sofas or armchairs, bedframes with sinuous lines, or a particular softer vase.
- Unleash Your Creativity: Revamp Your Living Spaces with Unique Tiles
Adding colourful and weirdly shaped tiles to your kitchen, bathroom or wherever you’d like them most, is another way to make your home stylish and unique, and if you choose stick-on tiles, the update can be renter-friendly and easy to install.
Pinterest trends show how searches for “bathroom tiles” and “kitchen tiles” have been high throughout the year, testament to a classic and undying trend that can add so much to your home for fairly less.
To do this, Porcelain Superstore can help you figure out the prices and the styles that might work best for you, as their site lists backsplash tiles for as little as £18.90!
- Coastal Grandmother Aesthetic: Bringing Serenity to Your Home on a Budget
Neutral tones, blues, and greens: the coastal grandmother aesthetic has been taking social medias by storm, and you might have noticed that that’s what you’ve been looking for, but how do you achieve the style in your house on a budget?
As the aesthetic is all about simplicity and order, pillows and throws can be a great detail to start from, as a new cream or beige pillowcase can be as cheap as £4. The same goes for striped white and light blue throw or tea towels.
TikTok creators who have coined and popularised the term to describe it have compared the style to the vibe of Nancy Meyers movies, which have regained popularity. In fact, searches for “Nancy Meyers” have started to climb again, rising 316.66% at the end of the summer.
- Embrace the Maximalist Movement: A Year of Kitsch Prints and Vibrant Hues
Are you a fan of kitsch prints and bright colours? Then this is your year to shine, as Pinterest trends data show that the time of minimalism and clean mid-century modern style is over, giving way to maximalist trends.
Searches for the term “maximalist décor” peaked at 85.18% in March 2023, remaining fairly high throughout the year.
To achieve the style without breaking the bank, consider adding a fresh set of bright tiles to your backsplash, as mentioned above, or covering your living room and hallway walls with an elaborated wallpaper.
- The Ultimate Plant Decor Hack: Combining Real and Faux for Style and Savings
Transforming your house into an indoor garden might make your home worthy of magazine covers. However, authentic fake plants can be pretty pricey, as they can be found on Amazon for prices as high as £90 for more classic styles and as high as £1000 for more exotic types.
To avoid this, the logical solution would be to adopt natural plants, which are cheaper but require maintenance and care. If you’re up to the challenge, the satisfaction of keeping green friends alive is priceless.
To make the job easier and spread the costs, you should do both and hide cheaper faux plants among real ones, elevating the whole setting.
- Lighting Up Your Space: Easy and Inexpensive Lampshade Ideas
As not all homes are blessed with natural light, finding lamps that fit your aesthetic is important, and while not everyone can afford big, noisy chandeliers which we know are in vogue this year, it’s still possible to brighten up a room without emptying your wallet.
If you’re looking for an idea that is easy, cheap, and even renter-friendly, search no further, and think about switching the lampshades of your home for ones that are more to your taste: you could search in charity shops, on Etsy and other online shopping sites.