Just like changing your hair or your wardrobe, our home décor is something that you’re likely to change as your tastes grow or you decide it’s time for a new look. Changing up your home decor is great, but it can be expensive if you don’t have much of a budget or your tastes change often. Luckily there are some great décor tips below that can help you to transform a room on a limited budget to give your home a fresh new look.
Tips for transforming a room on a budget
There’s no need to hire an interior designer or spend hundreds on lavish new furniture to give your home an update. Sometimes the simplest tips and hacks are the most effective for giving your home a new look and feel, without having to go overboard on the spending.
Refreshing your interiors is also a fantastic way to add value if you decide to sell your home. Think of your home as a space to showcase a lifestyle, and show potential buyers what living in your home could look like.
Add a fresh color to your walls
If you can and are willing to, you can make a simple change by painting your walls. Adding a new color or even refreshing an old color will give your room an instant facelift that will make it look neater and will draw the eye without needing to do much else to the room. Adding a new color can brighten up and give the room a completely different feel without having to make many drastic changes.
If you’d prefer, you could just add an accent wall and add color to just one wall for an easy update (and only a small can of paint/sheet of wallpaper). If you’re looking for something on-trend and stylish, textured wall paper like wood-effect wallpaper or marble-effect wallpaper adds a creative touch that doesn’t involve building work or investing in various materials.
Choose a different door
If you want to make a more noticeable change without having to spend money on statement pieces or actual construction works, a new door can make a surprising difference to your home. Sometimes the best doors are the ones that offer more light or even ornate doors that become a décor feature in itself which can look great in a kitchen or living room.
Change your lighting
If your room leans a bit towards the dark side, you might want to consider how you can use light to transform it and give it a fresh look. The right lighting can limit the need for lighter paint shades, excessive artificial lighting and give the room a completely different feel. Sometimes, simple lighting tricks such as using mirrors or positioning furniture differently can have a dramatic effect on your room’s lighting scheme.
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Invest in simple home décor items
There’s no need to go out and buy lots of expensive pieces to give your home a new look. Thanks to Amazon, eBay and other online stores you can pick up some high-quality items such as clocks, ornaments, candles and other pieces which will look great in your home. Department store sales are another excellent place to look for bargains, and on-trend pieces that will update your room without breaking the bank while fashion stores such as ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and similar outlets are launching more and more homeware items that are funky and affordable and add instant style to your home.
Create some feature walls with photos
Feature walls are an excellent way to brighten up your home as well as give it a more personal touch. Different sized frames arranged in a certain pattern will create more interest than the having some that all follow the same shape and size. If you’d rather display artwork, you can purchase some inexpensive pieces from IKEA and other similar homeware suppliers. If you’d prefer to get a bit creative, you’ll find inspiration ways to have fun with wall art online or take some inspiration from Instagram or Pinterest. Wall stickers are a great alternative if you’re not too steady with a paintbrush.
Feng Shui your room
Feng Shui is the Chinese philosophy of establishing calm and happiness through being in harmony with your surroundings. It’s a popular method of organizing your interior that can transform it in completely different ways from what it used to be. With some simple steps to applying Feng Shui principles in your home, you will at the very least get a new room layout that gives your home a refresh, or you may even find yourself feeling calmer and at peace when you’re in it. There are hundreds of books and articles on the subject, which will show you exactly how to go about it.
Have fun with textiles
Textiles are a fun and affordable way of adding color, a theme or just a bit of style to your home. Switching out your cushions for new ones will change the look of your couch, new curtains will change the mood of your room while a rug could break up some blank space or add a new splash of color where there wasn’t any before. Throws and blankets can be draped over furniture or used to cover couches and chairs effectively to create a cozier atmosphere that you and anyone else who walks into your home will love.
Adopt the Scandinavian approach
Scandinavian décor is all the rage at the moment – neutrals are having their day and look great in any home. Shades of gray, white, cream, brown, woods and steel look great mixed together, and if you still need a bit of color in your life, you can add a wash of blues, oranges or whatever color you think works well. As the trend is so common at the moment, you will find many amazing items for sale in all sorts of stores, with items to suit a wide range of budgets.
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Upscale your furniture
Can’t afford new furniture? No problem! Good quality furniture that is still functional can be transformed with the right ideas and a lick of paint. Painting plain wood in metallic shades makes them look more expensive than they are, or you could even adopt the chalk paint trend that is very popular online at the moment. Simple embellishments and fixes like changing doorknobs and handles, changing the legs on furniture or adding new surfaces to your coffee table or kitchen counter will allow you to give your items a whole new look without having to buy new pieces. Recycling and avoiding waste are important for the environment too, so you’re playing your part by not getting rid of furniture which could be salvaged with a bit of work.
Be savvy with your storage
A cluttered home can look messy, which can affect how you and others see it. Even if there’s no ‘mess’ as such, a home where everything has its own place and that looks organized makes a far better impression. Changing the way you store different items around your home will make it look new, and you could even create a feature out of it. The kitchen, for example, has many ways you can make use of mason jars such painting them different shades, adding creative labels or other clever ideas which will make your home interior on trend, as well as make sure all of your things are put away. In the living room, a footstool or cube with built in storage can hide away those things that would usually be left lying around, or some nice wicker baskets or fabric boxes placed underneath your coffee table can hide a multitude of sins.
If you haven’t got a lot of cash to spend on new products, why not spend what you do have on pre-loved ones? Thrift stores, flea markets, and online vendors will have some great home items you can buy that will be high quality and could save you a lot of money versus brand-new items. Mirrors are a classic example of something that can cost the earth brand new, but bought from elsewhere, you could get a steal on a beautiful vintage frame. There are some things, of course, you may not want to buy second-hand, but if you’re planning on upscaling as detailed above, you could find some lovely pieces here made from quality materials.
Giving your home a new lease of life is a fun project you can really take your time with and show off your creativity. Setting yourself a budget can be a great challenge that will test your skills for negotiating and working out what’s important, and you may surprise yourself with the results. Interior and home trends are changing all the time, and you’ll always find new ways of refreshing the look of your home. Whether you want more space, to add more light or simply change the look of your home, get your thinking cap on and transform your home without the expense!