Decorating on a budget

Changing the look and feel of a room needn’t be expensive, in this article we’ll show you to transform your home on a budget.

Adding colour to the walls

Painting the walls is possibly the cheapest and easiest way of transforming a room and is a great place to start. Whether you choose to create a focal point by painting a feature wall or want to use an exotic shade for the entire room there is a colour to match. Try out some tester paint before pulling the trigger to make sure that the colour you choose matches the rest of the theme.

Get rid of clutter

Getting rid of clutter is also a great way of changing the look of a room without spending a load of money. Reassess the furniture you already have and get rid of or update any tired looking pieces. Use places like eBay to sell your unwanted items, you never know you might be able to redecorate the room with the proceeds.

Think about rearranging the room as well, as this can also change the look and feel of a room.

Choose the right lighting

An often overlooked design criteria is lighting, but it can instantly have an effect on a room’s ambience and mood for very little money. Simple items such as a new light shade can make a drastic difference to a room and adding some lamps provides a relaxing atmosphere and a cohesive theme.

Update your soft furnishings

Updating your soft furnishings is a cheap and effective way of changing the style of the room. Try adding new cushions and curtains and you’ll see a drastic difference straight away. Can’t afford to buy a new sofa? Then why not buy an attractive thrown to put over it instead.

Add more light with mirrors

Mirrors are a great way of adding more light into a dingy room and are a great alternative to wall art. Mirrors can often also be used to make a room seem bigger than it actually is. If you’re looking for something unique why not look in second hand shops or reclamation yards, these places often have an array of interesting mirrors and frames.

Reupholstering old furniture

Instead of splashing out on some new dinning chair of a new arm chair consider getting them reupholstered. There are a range of different fabrics to choose from that will suit every room.

Create your own artwork

Artwork is expensive so why not create your own. This is a great family activity where your imagination is the only limit. Why not make a collage of family photos or get really inspired and paint your own masterpiece. You can also purchase ready-to-hang items at a budget price too, such as movie posters or reproductions of famous paintings.

Paint Samples

Picture: Doug Waldron

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