‘Home is one’s castle’, today this popular saying applies to both man and woman alike. Hectic lifestyles are leading to fewer hours spent at home, which means that you need to focus more on how your home looks and feels to you and other members who stay there.

According to popular belief designing and redesigning a home can be expensive, but for the industrious and enthusiastic, there are many great ways to beautify the place with affordable home designs.

Here are a few effective home design ideas:

Home Color SchemesColor Schemes

A very visible part of your home is the paint on the walls. You can change the color schemes to give a different look instantly. You can even do the task yourself; you can get the required material and tools from reputed hardware stores that will also help you pick the best option for your wall type. Ask them for useful advice and tips on how to manage the painting assignment.

Furnishings

Furniture, appliances, artifacts, sculptures all contribute to the design. Change their placement and combination to give a whole new look to your rooms. If you want to, bring in a few new ones to add some spice. A popular example in a small indoor water fountain.

Floral

An affordable home design option is plants. A lot of homes have a garden in the front lawn or in the backyard. But including small pots and flowers inside your home gives it a natural look.

Light Fixtures

From the color (multi-colored, white, yellow) to the type of lights (bulbs, tubes and lamps), small changes can illuminate a different part of your home giving it a novel look.

Affordable Home Design IdeasDrapes and upholstery

You can change the patterns and fabric of your curtains, the shades of your sheets and sofa covers to add that difference in a particular room or throughout your home. Mix and match items from different rooms to get new styles without having to buy new ones every time.

Carpets

Rugs, mats and throws are seen in every home. Some like them classically solid, while others prefer bold designs. Given the wide variety of options available, making changes isn’t necessarily an expensive affair.

Kitchen

Cabinets, counters and sinks can all add to the beauty of the cooking area. While some layouts are more efficient than others, depending on your needs you can modify the layout to give a whole new look.

Home FlooringFlooring

Whether you have wooden floors or tiles, a simple shine, polish and cleaning can give the floor a sparkling new look and contribute to the design layout of your home.

Bathroom Fixtures

Bathrooms are meant for daily ablutions but that doesn’t mean that they have to be a boring place. Brighten up your bathrooms with new faucets, sinks and clean/resurface tubs, toilets and other fixtures.

Candle Lights

Becoming increasingly popular because of their subtle and romantic feel, candles are replacing regular lights in a lot of homes. They do not form the main source of light but even in a well lit room, placing a few candles on the mantle can add a beautiful touch.

Small and affordable home designs can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your home. It is suggested that you look around and read through magazines before making big changes, but the smaller inexpensive ideas are something you can experiment with freely.