Spring is well and truly here, and what better way to celebrate than planning a mini home makeover? If you’re keen to usher in the new season and try out new trends, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get results. Here’s a guide to savvy ways to spruce up your home on a budget.
Freshen up the walls
If you’re looking to transform the appearance of your home without splashing too much cash, freshening up your walls is an excellent place to start. Whether you’ve moved house recently, or it has been years since you painted your living room or bedroom, painting or wallpapering your walls or adding wall art and mirrors to a plain wall could make all the difference. Before you start buying large quantities of paint or painting supplies, check out sites like netvouchercodes.co.uk to see if you can find any relevant discount codes or offers and compare prices online. Look at paint charts, and try out different testers to see which shades you like best. It’s wise to think about how you are going to use the space, and the kind of vibe you want to create before choosing colors or prints. In the bedroom, for example, opting for pastel or neutral tones or a simple monochrome palette will help to add a serene, calm ambiance.
When you’re ready to paint or paper your walls, sand the surface down and wipe it with a damp cloth. Make sure you cover furniture and flooring with dust sheets and get everything you need together in the room you’re painting first. Use a roller for large areas and a brush for smaller spaces. Allow the first coat to dry before starting the second. If you’re a novice decorator, and you’ve never put wallpaper on the walls before, it’s a good idea to follow an online tutorial or to enlist some help.
If you don’t want to paint or paper your walls, but you’d like to use the space to create a new focal point, you could hang pictures or prints, make a frame gallery or hang a mirror. Adding mirrors to the wall is a great idea for cramped, dark areas like corridors, as it will bounce natural light around the space.
Shop around for furniture
Most people can’t afford new furniture every time new trends appear in magazine must-have lists and social media feeds, but there are ways of modernizing your home without blowing the bank. If you are looking to replace an old table, or you want to make a statement with one piece of furniture in the living room, have a look online or visit a vintage store. Compare prices on items you see in stores or magazines, search listings on second hand auction sites and keep an eye out for posts on social media community pages. Often, you can find cheaper copies of designer items online and pieces that people are willing to sell or give away that might take your fancy. If you inherit or purchase furniture that has seen better days, you could always try your hand at upcycling. Turn a chest or a chair into something new, or paint, sand or repair it to restore it to its former glory. Here is an article to help you get started if you’re new to upcycling https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g139/genius-upcycling-ideas/.
Learn to accessorize
Sprucing up your home doesn’t have to involve full-scale renovations. One of the simplest and most affordable ways to refresh and revamp your interiors is accessorizing. You can change the aesthetic of any room simply by adding details and touches. In the kitchen, you can use vases, plant pots, storage jars, coffee pots and colored appliances to channel a trend or add color. In the living room, add cushions, rugs, blankets, candles, plants and framed pictures or photos to create a new look. Throws, bedside lamps, rugs, cushions, mirrors and photo frames work brilliantly in bedrooms. Before you place any orders, think about each room and the look you’re going for, and figure out where you’re going to put each item. Hanging shelves and using wall-mounted units to display photos, vases of flowers and plants is a fantastic way to save floor space and prevent surfaces from attracting clutter.
If you’re on a budget, you can still transform the appearance of your home. There are several ways you can revamp your interiors without breaking the bank. Shop around for the best prices on home accessories, furniture and paint, freshen up your walls to introduce new colors and trends and consider buying from discount stores, online auction sites and vintage shops.