Is your decor looking a little tired, but you don’t have hundreds of dollars to give it a luxury makeover? No need to fret, you genuinely can make a difference without spending a lot. Here are some of the ways to go about it.
First things first, strip everything out of the room and give it a proper deep clean. Scrub the floors, skirting boards, clean the windows and remove any accumulated grime or dust. Prep is very important for the best results.
Paint the walls white
Big pots of plain white paint can be found cheaply at any DIY store, and it’s a quick way to give your room a total transformation. Remove any fussy wallpaper, fill in the cracks with filler and then sand it all down so your walls are nice and smooth. Give the walls a few coats of brilliant white and you’ll find it instantly looks bigger, brighter and more pleasant. White reflects the light around and creates a perfect blank canvas for anything else in the room. If it needs it, it’s worth painting your ceiling and woodwork at the same time. For doors and skirting boards you’ll need an oil-based gloss, choose one which has anti- yellowing and it will stay nice and bright for as long as possible.
Upcycle the furniture
Is your home a mish-mash of different furniture items? If you’ve acquired things over time, they might not all match- particularly if you’ve been given things to help you out perhaps when you first moved in. You don’t need to run out and buy all new furniture as that can be really expensive, instead, make what you have work. Paint everything in pretty colored chalk paint, and then replace all of the hardware so that it matches. Even if the styles are different, this will make everything look cohesive and modernize any older pieces you have.
Shop sales, deals, and discounts
If you do need to buy some items from new, don’t just pay full price. Check out sites like gopromocodes, or ask on Twitter if anyone has seen any good sales around. You could also make any purchases through a cashback site which would be a nice chunk of cash returned to you a little later on. A few minutes of Googling can save you a fair amount of money.
Scour thrift stores
Not everything you need to buy for your home needs to be brand new, preloved items can be full of charm and you can really uncover some hidden gems in thrift stores. Not only could you find something that’s a little different from all of the mass produced items currently in the shops, but the cost of your purchase will go towards a good cause.
Make your own decor items
Finally, if you have a craft you enjoy then why not make items for the home? If you’re skilled on a sewing machine then buying fabric and making your own curtains and cushion covers will be way cheaper than going to a retail store. You could paint your own canvases, design your own art prints for a gallery wall and much more.