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It’s often thought that if you want to give your home a makeover it has to be expensive in terms of decoration or you won’t get things to look and feel as you want.
Yes, you can spend a lot of money on redoing everything but there are plenty of easy ways to refresh your decor without pushing out the financial boat. It is possible to make interiors look stylish, appealing and attractive without spending a fortune.
Here are some ideas to help you get the best out of decorating your home, especially if you’re working to a tight budget.
A coat of paint can work wonders
There’s nothing a lick of paint can’t cure in terms of how your rooms look but you don’t need to paint every wall in a room to bring a new feel to the space, nor do you need to paint the ceiling if it is still clean. Naturally, it depends on what colour your walls are and it’s easier to make a statement if the colours are relatively neutral Then you can choose a wall and make a feature of it with another brighter colour. Go for shades of red or purple to make a big difference or choose a more natural blue or green for a calmer look.
It’ worth spending some time on preparing the wall properly for painting because it will look much better when the new paint is applied. Use masking tape where the wall meets the ceiling, floor and other walls, put on an appropriate undercoat for the woodwork and then apply your emulsion paint. You’re only paying for the paint and maybe new brushes or rollers and the tape, so think how much money you’ll have saved by doing it yourself.
Add some photos and pictures to the walls and you will have given the room a completely new look.
Changing your window coverings
Light is all important when it comes to the ambience of a room, and though you can install attractive artificial lighting, using recessed lights, spotlights, chandeliers, floor and table lamps, the best illumination to bring in is natural light.
Curtains tend to be the go-to solution for windows and they can certainly look good, but they are not necessarily ideal to give you control over how much natural light you can let in. Effectively they are either open or closed, so if you have powerful sunlight coming in and you want to lessen that from time to time curtains may not be the best answer.
When considering alternatives it’s worth examining how made to measure shutters could be an advantage. You can buy wooden or faux wooden shutters specially constructed to fit the windows where you want to have control over the incoming light. There are different colours, types of woods and styles available and you can install them yourself, cutting out the cost of professional installation.
Shutters add a clean, stylish and sleek feel to your windows, can open and close in different configurations, and when you have ones with slats you get additional control over how much or how little light you let in.
Another benefit is that shutters give you an extra layer of insulation during the colder months and can help cut down on your heating bills.
Restore your furniture
When it has had a lot of use furniture can start to look shabby and unattractive, however, it’s easy and cheap to give items a new lease of life. Wooden chairs can be perked up with a coat or two of varnish, or you could brighten them up by painting them.
If you have upholstery that’s damaged it can be expensive to have repaired, so see what you can do yourself to repair it. You could also learn how to do some basic upholstery work rather than spending a lot of money on buying something new.
Check out charity shops
You can find excellent bargains on all sorts of furniture and accessories at charity shops, so when adding or replacing items you can find some interesting things that won’t break the bank and that, if necessary, you can then refinish to suit your decor. You could also find some quirky ornaments or signs that could add some extra character to one or more of your rooms. Charity shops rarely accept items that are in poor condition, so you could find superb deals.
Keeping costs low
Cut your costs right down by doing your own decorating and using your imagination to design the rooms as you want them. Just think, your money saved could go towards a lovely evening out or a relaxing weekend break.