Written by: Cally Worden
A flurry of new TV programmes has hit the screens recently, aimed at revamping our homes on a shoestring. The cash-strapped austerity years may have dampened our zeal for shopping, but our desire to make our homes shine remains as bright as ever. Sometimes a little inspiration is all you needs, so read on for some great ideas for how to redecorate your home on a budget.
Update your Kitchen or Bathroom
Traditionally the biggest areas of expense in your home, these rooms can easily be revitalised on a budget. Painting shabby cabinets in the kitchen, and creating a new cooker splash back from a handful of new tiles can create simple colour distractions that draw the eye away from other areas of the room.
Changing your cupboard handles can also have a dramatic impact on the look of your kitchen, as can laying new flooring. You don’t need to rip-out the whole shebang. In the bathroom using tile paint, grout cleaner and a few carefully chosen accessories can make all the difference. Plants shine in a bathroom, and a colourful blind, vintage soap dish or light coloured shower curtain can make this space feel fresh and welcoming.
Make a Statement
Paint is cheaper than wallpaper, and sometimes just changing the colour of a room is enough to breathe new life into your home. With a few carefully chosen colourful accessories such as cushions, prints, rugs and lampshades, a quick paint-job can make a room feel like new. If you want to go one step further then wallpapering one statement wall in a bright, fresh design creates a focal point in a room and adds life and interest. Painting doors in a simple white with charming handles, or sanding or refreshing the varnish on wooden floors can also make a room glow.
Hug your Inner Haggler
The ambience in any room can be enhanced by one or two fresh items of furniture. These can be big or small, statement or subtle. And they don’t have to cost a fortune. eBay, auction houses and websites, charity shops and flea markets – all of these offer the perfect environment to snag a bargain. Most vendors expect you to haggle, so ditch that stiff British reserve and make someone an offer. Do you homework before you head out on a spree, and set an upper budget limit in your head for each item you are seeking, so you don’t get carried away.
A jaded item of furniture, or a some old creaky relic gathering dust in your loft could be just the thing to provide inspiration for a room revamp. Up-cycling is super-popular just now and you can find online tutorials on how to upgrade just about anything. For minimal expense and a bit of elbow grease you can transform a dull piece of furniture into an eye-catching centrepiece.
Get Ready to Recycle
Similar to up-cycling, the idea of recycling is to take something in your home and create something different from it. A modesty screen can be cleaned up and made into a headboard, a redundant old tray can be coated with blackboard paint to create an instant message board in your kitchen, an old bike can be turned into a garden pot hanger, an old cabinet can spruced up to create a bookshelf. The list is endless. Anytime you are thinking of chucking something away take a step back for a moment, surf a little on the net, and make sure you’re not giving away a gem of an item that could make your home spectacular.
If your Budget is Titchy …
Change just one thing. Altering the lighting, curtains, or paint alone can all make a dramatic difference to any room. Follow your inner design nose and select the area of each room that bugs you most, then set about investing in change in that area. Thereafter, every time you walk into that room it will be guaranteed to raise a smile.