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IKEA expert shares her tips for styling a home on a budget

  • An IKEA expert revealed tips for styling a home for less with budget pieces from the Swedish homeware store
  • Christine Gough, design leader at IKEA Australia, recommends sticking to a colour palette in each room
  • Her suggestions also include finding statement pieces and adding a pop of texture to a neutral colour base
  • She also said the colour blue is the on-trend hue for the perfect summer look and says stick to three colours

By April Glover For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:17 EST, 12 November 2017 | Updated: 23:56 EST, 12 November 2017

When house prices are skyrocketing, forking out the rest of your meagre savings for an interior makeover is often a bridge too far.

Styling your home on a tight budget is not an easy task - but using the right tips and tricks can turn low-cost into luxury. 

Christine Gough, design leader for IKEA Australia, shared her expertise with My Domaine on how decorate your home for less this summer.

Styling your home on a tight budget is not an easy task - but the right tips and tricks can turn low-cost into luxury
Styling your home on a tight budget is not an easy task - but the right tips and tricks can turn low-cost into luxury

Styling your home on a tight budget is not an easy task - but the right tips and tricks can turn low-cost into luxury

Christine Gough, design leader for IKEA Australia, shared her expertise with My Domaine on how decorate your home for less this summer
Christine Gough, design leader for IKEA Australia, shared her expertise with My Domaine on how decorate your home for less this summer
Christine Gough, design leader for IKEA Australia, shared her expertise with My Domaine on how decorate your home for less this summer
Christine Gough, design leader for IKEA Australia, shared her expertise with My Domaine on how decorate your home for less this summer

Christine Gough, design leader for IKEA Australia, shared her expertise with My Domaine on how decorate your home for less this summer (Left is IKEA plants from $15.99 and $5 Kmart plant pots right)

Being mindful of a room's function and utilising every inch of space will steer you towards simplicity, Christine advised.

By creating a list of necessities before styling a room will help you to avoid spending cash on useless, expensive items and to stay on-budget.

Christine also recommends re-working your existing furnishings or adding a new personality to old items if money is especially tight.

Something as simple as a $15 MYRHEDEN frame which can be used to add character to a wall with photos, lights or little trinkets is a cheap but stylish addition to a room.

Once a budget has been determined, Christine suggests identifying priority pieces before using the left over cash for extra furnishings and decorations.

By creating a list of necessities before styling a room will help you to avoid spending cash on useless, expensive items and to stay on-budget
By creating a list of necessities before styling a room will help you to avoid spending cash on useless, expensive items and to stay on-budget
By creating a list of necessities before styling a room will help you to avoid spending cash on useless, expensive items and to stay on-budget (Pictured left is one-seat Karlstad sofa - two seater is $365, and right is $599 from Lounge Lovers)
By creating a list of necessities before styling a room will help you to avoid spending cash on useless, expensive items and to stay on-budget (Pictured left is one-seat Karlstad sofa - two seater is $365, and right is $599 from Lounge Lovers)

By creating a list of necessities before styling a room will help you to avoid spending cash on useless, expensive items and to stay on-budget (Pictured left is one-seat Karlstad sofa - two seater is $365, and right is $599 from Lounge Lovers)

Christine also recommends re-working your existing furnishings or adding a new personality to old items if money is especially tight
Christine also recommends re-working your existing furnishings or adding a new personality to old items if money is especially tight

Christine also recommends re-working your existing furnishings or adding a new personality to old items if money is especially tight

Once a budget has been determined, Christine suggests identifying priority pieces before using the left over cash for extra furnishings and decorations
Once a budget has been determined, Christine suggests identifying priority pieces before using the left over cash for extra furnishings and decorations

Once a budget has been determined, Christine suggests identifying priority pieces before using the left over cash for extra furnishings and decorations

A surefire way to stay frugal while picking out items is to stick to a three-tone colour palette for each room.

According to the IKEA expert, limiting the colours to three will create a cohesive look and makes the room look far less cluttered.

And popping in a splash of texture to the space - such as a soft pattern or material like rattan - will add warmth and character too.

Christine says blue is the most on-trend hue for the perfect summer look.

'Shades of blue such as indigo and denim can act as a baseline for other colour accents and is often a natural palette contrast for light and shadow,' she told the publication.

A surefire way to stay frugal while picking out items is to stick to a three-tone colour palette for each room
A surefire way to stay frugal while picking out items is to stick to a three-tone colour palette for each room

A surefire way to stay frugal while picking out items is to stick to a three-tone colour palette for each room

Popping in a splash of texture to the space - such as a soft pattern or material like rattan - will add warmth and character too
Popping in a splash of texture to the space - such as a soft pattern or material like rattan - will add warmth and character too

Popping in a splash of texture to the space - such as a soft pattern or material like rattan - will add warmth and character too

When a room's main colouring has been decided Christine also suggests purchasing a few textured statement pieces which are both timeless and can work to liven up a space 
When a room's main colouring has been decided Christine also suggests purchasing a few textured statement pieces which are both timeless and can work to liven up a space 

When a room's main colouring has been decided Christine also suggests purchasing a few textured statement pieces which are both timeless and can work to liven up a space 

When a room's main colouring has been decided Christine also suggests purchasing a few textured statement pieces which are both timeless and can work to liven up a space.

'Natural materials like juke or rattan create raw, lightweight, and crisp textures within your space, and help unite your colour palette and patterns. By using neutral colours as a base, your space will feel more open,' she said.

Other budget pieces found in IKEA loved by the experts includes a $5 fleece throw for a sofa, a $30 blue velvet cushion and a $59 banana fibre stool. 

 

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