Transforming your first home into the abode of your dreams is achievable without breaking the bank. With a myriad of interior design resources available such as Pinterest, magazines and blogs, inspiration is everywhere and you may be tempted to take on too many projects at once.  Decorating a house takes time and money, but there are ways to furnish and freshen it while keeping a close eye on your bank account.

Deck out your new dwelling by using color to make it feel more cohesive. A fresh coat of paint on the walls can visually open up a space. Additionally, re purposing old furniture with paint is far more economical than buying it new. Another inexpensive way to add a splash of color as well as personality and texture, is to add an area rug. A versatile piece, it can enliven a space when layered over a more neutral rug or add warmth to cold, hard flooring.

Save on furnishing costs by checking out local estate sales for the best deals on good-quality furniture. Be sure to get there early and bring the measurements of your space so you can be sure your new purchases will fit. Shop flea markets and consignment stores for more great bargains, unusual pieces and antiques to create an eclectic and budget-friendly mix.

Creating a cozy environment in your new home won’t happen overnight, so it’s wise to first concentrate on the rooms where you spend the most time and enjoy the process of feathering your new nest. For more ways to adorn your first house while on a tight budget, view the accompanying infographic.