As the entertainment season approaches, we all like our home to look its best. From pool parties and canapés to Christmas dinner and indoor movie nights. Your home needs to be ready for it all, but how can you spruce up your living space without breaking the bank?
Here are our top 5 ways to transform your home on a budget
#1 The quickest and easiest way to transform your home is with soft furnishings. This includes cushions, candles, wall art and, new bedding. As they are more affordable than larger pieces of furniture or rugs, for example, you can change them up more frequently to suit your mood or occasion.
# 2 Painting your walls or creating a feature wall allows you to add instant drama or sophistication to your home. You can really express your personality through the colours you choose and there is a myriad of wall decals available online to turn a blank wall into something truly wonderful.
# 3 Upcycling is not only great for the environment, but it also means you will have your very own unique piece of furniture for next to nothing! Take that old pine dresser, sand it down, paint it white, add some new handles and you now have a very trendy shabby chic dresser taking up pride of place in your bedroom. You can do the same with an old garden chair or some shelving units…the possibilities are endless!
#4 Light up your life. Don’t worry if your budget won’t stretch to a fancy chandelier. You can get some really great lamps and shades from your local op shops. Flat-pack furniture stores also have great lighting options at reasonable prices. Don’t just focus on the ceiling either. Include floor lamps and table lamps to ramp up the elegance.
# 5 Invest in custom-made window treatments. Any transformation will look unfinished without quality window treatments. Not only do they complete the look, but they are long-lasting and offer many benefits including privacy, temperature control, eco-friendly and stylish. It is important to make smart decisions when selecting the right window treatments for your home. Take into consideration the purpose of the room and the colour scheme. There are many cheap options to choose from but you pay for what you get. The last thing you want is flimsy, or poorly constructed curtains and blinds. Buying online also means it is harder to send back and while many high street stores offer great discounts, they do not offer any guarantees or warranties.
Nothing beats quality, custom-designed window dressings. You can choose from blinds, curtains, wave sheers, motorised blinds and more from Beachside Blinds and Curtains. We can also make matching pelmets, curtain ties, cushions, bedding and, even bed heads.
All our products are locally made using the highest quality materials. Our friendly team have years of design experience and can create the perfect look for your home.
You’ve heard the saying Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware. They usually evoke memories of dodgy second-hand car salesman or backstreet markets selling rip-off DVDs. However, the main culprits of manipulative promotion are the large, well-known companies who’ve built their brand and recognition through heavy advertising spend versus actual customer value.
Here at Beachside Blinds and Curtains we often see curtain sales as high as 40-50% off from some competitors. No doubt that it is an attractive proposition for anyone looking to update their home…and even those who are happy with their window coverings but cannot resist a good bargain.
Let’s take a step back and think for a moment. The aim of any business is to make a profit and this desire to make money doesn’t stop at the beginning and end of each season.
Do you really believe a business offers these sales as legitimate discounts? We Don’t. Often prices are marked up a few weeks before the sale to present a perceived large discount which in reality is higher than our everyday retail price! We’ve also seen discounts and sale prices which are HIGHER than the original price, but the word “sale” is enough to draw in potential customers in their droves.
That’s not to say we don’t offer curtain sales ourselves because we do. We’re a small company and cannot afford to lure people under false pretences. All our sales are genuine and though they may not be the 40-50% off discounts offered by our larger competitors, our clients are always pleasantly surprised.
But don’t take our word for it. In fact, the message is don’t take anyone’s word for it. Always get 3 quotes and compare not only the price but carefully consider the product, quality, and service.
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