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Cheap decorating ideas

Cheap decorating ideas

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Whether you live in a cosy flat or a huge mansion, everyone wants their home to look and feel good. Ideally, your décor should reflect your personality and make your property feel like home.

If you are strapped for cash, don’t want to spend too much as you like to change your interior design often or, let’s face it, are loathe to fork out loads of cash on something the kids will have wrecked in a year, there are plenty ways to update your home’s look without breaking the bank.


If you’re planning to dramatically change the look of a room then paint can be a relatively cheap solution. You don’t have to paint the whole room – select areas to transform into focal points or leave the walls neutral and paint the woodwork a contrasting colour. This updates decor without the time and cost involved in painting the whole room. If you’re arty then you could paint an intricate border or feature to add interest to the room.

Go vintage

Charity shops and a little imagination go hand in hand when it comes to creating an air of vintage chic. Keep your eyes peeled for plates that can be hung on walls or cool fabrics that can be used as accent pieces. You may be amazed at what some people get rid of through car boot sales, Gumtree and eBay – and at how little cash they’re asking for it.

Reclaim wooden furniture

Cheap decorating ideasWhether it’s a piece you’ve had for years or one of your charity shop finds, wooden furniture can easily be updated with a lick of paint. You can create a totally new look by opting for a new colour or just freshen things up by sticking to the same hues. Adding new handles and knobs is another great way to breathe new life into old wooden furniture on the cheap.

Make your own art

Whether it’s your favourite photos, the kids’ artwork, postcards, wallpaper or simply an image you love, framing it will instantly transform it into a work of art. Get imaginative with framing and use whatever you have lying around. Wooden clipboards, coloured tape, books and twigs can all be made into unique frames. Alternatively, buy a canvas and let your creative juices flow!

Let in the light

Natural light can improve your mood as well as making a small space appear larger. Rather than spend loads on heavy curtains and blinds, hang light fabrics and drapes over windows. They’ll let in plenty of light and add character to the décor.


It doesn’t matter how cheaply you source the stuff you need to decorate, if you pay someone else to do it for you then it does become expensive. Of course, doing it yourself is the cheapest way to transform your home but it isn’t as scary as you might think. Even if you’ve never papered a wall or painted a ceiling in your life, you’ll be surprised at what you’re actually capable of. Take your time, trust your instincts and you’ll gain satisfaction from a job well done and money well saved.







About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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