10 Affordable Interior Buys (that Look Expensive!)

A little cash makes a big splash!

Bored of your bedroom? Is the loungeroom feeling a little lackluster? Never fear, Stylizen is here with ten super cost-effective additions to your interiors that create a significant impact! From cushions to duvets, rugs to lamps, we've got your instant interior updated sorted!

21 Oct 2016 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

A home should be a place you want to hang out in – a source of comfort and sanctuary that is all yours. But sometimes, if you’re staring at the same four walls for a long, long time, boredom can set in.

Therefore, mixing up your homemaking style is a must. But that can be expensive, right? Well, not if you’re smart.

Capping your spend is not a pipe dream. In fact, updating elements of your home is as simple as taking a lot away, and adding just a little.

  • First up, devise a budget. Can you afford $50 per month? Maybe $100? If you can factor this into your finances, then imagine how many beautiful interior acquisitions you can make in just six months? Especially if you shop stealthily, without a big spend anywhere in sight. If you consider home investments a luxury, take into account how much time you spend there. Surely it’s the lion share of your life, so it’s worth the spend?
  • Secondly, declutter. Often our visual distress can come down to the accumulation of too many unread magazines, plants that have seen better days and clunky kitchen white goods that are only revisited once a year. At best! So store these or if you’re savvy, sell them at a market or online to up your cash flow to feed back into a fresh interior spend!
  • Lastly, think small. You don’t need a supersized sofa or a new dining table to revamp a room. Sometimes the smaller touches, such as soft furnishings, affordable art, fresh cushions and a revamped rug, can lift a space entirely, without cleaning out your bank account.

Here are ten purchases under $100 that can inject interest into any space!

The Cushion

When shopping for a statement cushion to revitalize the couch, ensure it has texture and colour in spades. This Mimosa Cushion is the perfect example of how both can work well to create a comfortable conversation-starting accent!

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - Indigo Love Collectors Mimosa Cushion

Indigo Love Collectors Mimosa Cushion, $70 – available at Crate Expectations.

The Duvet

Sales are a beautiful thing. And when they unearth absolute gems such as this Mark Tuckey linen duvet, well, we’re sold! Lose the heavy linen now that daylight savings have set in and set up your slumber time with a lighter option. Dreaming of that ocean breeze just got a whole lot easier!

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - MT Duvet Set

MT Duvet Set, $30 now $20 – available at Cotton On.

The Plants

Adding some life to your loungeroom is such a gorgeous element to enjoy when at home. Declutter your side table completely, and add life with these terrariums. A few clustered together adds enough interest, without the clutter factor, in a room you love to chill within.

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - Anthropologie Glass Cloche Terrarium

Glass Cloche Terrarium, approx. $23 – available at Anthropologie.

The Dressings

Garland banners are no longer just for birthday parties. If your walls could do with a paint job, but you’re renting or just no good with a brush, then dress them up with this gorgeous tassel topped detail crafted from upcycled cotton fabrics. These work in every room, from the kid’s nursery through to a dining room.

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - Plum & Bow Venee Tassel Garland Banner

Plum & Bow Venee Tassel Garland Banner, approx. $76 – available at Urban Outfitters.

The Lighting

Overhead lighting is going to show all your interior sins, whereas table lamps are far more forgiving as they can spill illumination into just the area you want them to. This Rouge Living Tilda Table Lamp combines elegance and subtlety in every bend. The metallic highlights are also on-trend, ensuring your space remains up-to-date.

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - Rouge Living Tilda Table Lamp

Rouge Living Tilda Table Lamp, $59.95 now $47.96 – available at Zanui.

The Storage

Sometimes floor space can look empty and bare. So by adding some cute storage systems around the place – popped in corner clusters for toys or in the office holding those discarded magazines or books – you add not only some interest but also incredibly clever (and cheap!) touches of graphic detail.

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - Executive Concepts Black Zigzag Canvas Storage Basket

Executive Concepts Black Zigzag Canvas Storage Basket, $29.95 – available at Crate Expectations.

The Print

Not everyone is into art, but everyone is into cute animals! Right? We adore this Red Fox Art Print for its undeniable cuteness, classic tones, and affordability! Art doesn’t always have to be abstract, and often the most endearing images can prove the most inviting at home!

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - Michael O'Neal Red Fox Art Print

Michael O’Neal Red Fox Art Print, from approx. $37 – available at Urban Outfitters.

The Seat

Why go for a stuffy, upright seat to update a space when you can merge the comfort of a couch and the linear lines of a modern chair with a better-than-ever bean bag! The Mark Tuckey Large Beanbag is made from 100 percent cotton and has a removable lining to make washing easy! The best bit? It’s under $70. So you can collect a few without flushing out your wallet completely!

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - MT Large Bean Bag

MT Large Bean Bag, $69.95 – available at Cotton On.

The Rug

Coming into Summer, rattan is the texture you want to pepper your home with. Whether it be a chair or a rug, it is the universal texture of island living! We love this Rug Culture Coastal Round Jute Rug for its shape (circles rock!), and also it’s size. Large enough to pop under a coffee table or even used within an open space in the lounge or bedroom.

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - Rug Culture Coastal Round Jute Rug

Rug Culture Coastal Round Jute Rug, from $79.95 – available at Zanui.

The Dining Table Detail

Entertaining guests at home can be a nerve-wracking experience if you don’t feel confident about your digs. But by clearing some space, introducing contemporary elements and working with the right lighting, you will be laughing! Candlesticks are a gorgeous centrepiece to update any dining table, and these are available for a steal at Hunting for George right now!

10 Affordable Interior Buys that Look Expensive: SS16 - Good Thing NY Field Candlesticks

Good Thing NY Field Candlesticks, $46 now $34.50 – available at Hunting For George.

What ideas are you throwing around for updating your interior? We’d love to hear your budget tips and tricks! 


Tags: Decor, Interiors
21 Oct 2016 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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