Interior design can be expensive for a lot of homeowners especially if they’re working on a tight budget. Even decorating small Montreal condos can cost a significant amount of money. But you don’t have to save up for an entire year just so you can finally get the home interior you’ve always dreamed of. Here are a few secrets to decorating your condo on a limited budget:

1. Plan Ahead

Before you begin any home improvement or home decorating project, you need to plan accordingly. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you realize that you can’t afford to buy that perfect couch for your living room or the corner cabinet doesn’t fit into the space you had in mind.

Begin the planning phase by looking for a design inspiration. You can check out magazines and the Internet to look at various styles and concepts that you want to follow.

The thought of decorating your entire home may easily overwhelm you so what you need to do is to break down the project into smaller components – paint, flooring, furniture, accessories and décor. Then check out online and physical stores to get an idea of how much they cost. Labor should also be considered especially for jobs you know you can’t do on your own.

2. Repurpose What You Own

You don’t have to completely buy all the stuff your home needs. You can repurpose design elements you currently have and transform them to look modern and brand new.

Once you’ve figured out what items you can repurpose, you can start doing your research and look for DIY guides so that you can just work on them yourself. Study them thoroughly prior to starting any project, and if possible, ask for guidance from a handy friend.

3. Buy Quality Furniture

If you have to spend money, spend it on quality furniture. That’s because furniture is likely to last for many years. Styles or accessories can lose their appeal after just a year or so but good furniture can last for a decade or more.

Furniture also defines a room and once you’ve picked a sofa or chair set, then half the work is done basically. You just need to add a few final touches to make the room look cohesive or pulled together.

5. Shop for Used Items

If you are on a budget, don’t be scared to shop for used items. Go to a local thrift store or check out a garage sale. You can also try eBay and other online auctions. Keep in mind that quality is more important for second hand décor. Inspect each item carefully to make sure their structural quality is still good. You can always repaint an old mirror or reupholster a sofa.

If you can, try to find a student designer who can help you design your condo for a small fee. Many students would jump at the opportunity because it would give them the experience they need. Some would even render their service at no cost. You can call interior design schools near you or post an ad.