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Redecorating on a Budget

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I have always been the creative type. Although I spend a lot of my time mixing and matching outfits, I also love decorating my home. Of course, you can’t compare redecoration with styling outfits, but it still puts my creativity to work, which is great. And I wanted to train as an Interior Designer once upon a time.

There’s nothing as comforting as walking into beautifully furnished rooms. But when you talk about redecorating, most people think that it means a huge strain on your budget. The truth is that you don’t have to spend so much money to have a gorgeous home.

Little tweaks here and there, simple additions, and a good dose of creativity are all you need to have a divinely decorated home that everyone will admire. In this post I’m going to share with you some of the redecorating tips that will inspire you to give your home the jazz, glitz and glamour it needs.

  1. Take a good look at what you have

Shocked? One of the most inexpensive ways to redecorate your home is to use what you have. Are there some pieces of furniture, pictures or decorative items that you can move to a different room?

Reshuffling your furniture and home accessories around is all you need to give your home a fresh look. Is there a coffee table that you keep in the study that will look great in the living room? Or throw pillows you keep in the guest bedroom that will match the sofas in the living room?

Take a day off and move the furniture around and see if it’ll work out. Don’t stop with the furniture! Try swapping curtains, rugs or even vases for a different look!

  1. Invest in some house accessories

The little things can make the greatest difference! Home accessories like new lampshades, table settings, or flower arrangements can make your room really different. The accessories don’t have to be expensive. Simple ornaments can work wonders and the good thing about this is they don’t cost so much.

A good tip is to find accessories that will fit the general theme or colour scheme you’re trying to achieve in each room. Play around with colours and textures of different accessories.

 

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  1. Refurbish second-hand pieces

Yard sales, auction houses, and second-hand stores hold treasures that will look amazing in your home and easy on your pocket. But here’s a gentle warning: don’t get carried away with colours or fabrics. Let the shape and structure of the home items guide your choices.  This is because you can always refurbish those pieces to your taste.

Old but nicely shaped furniture can be styled to look like timeless pieces that will add the charm to your home. Worn wood or dull looking items could be polished, varnished or repainted to look brand new.

  1. Put up pictures

Remember the saying “A picture’s worth a thousand words”? It also makes your house look like a million bucks. A beautiful picture hung in a prominent part of the house can give your home an uplift. We have many pictures on walls and I am looking to add more. I think pictures make a house a home.

Play around with a collage of family photos or nature pictures. There are fabulous original pieces that go for a bargain. However, there’s really no need to go over the top by covering your all your walls with pictures. One or two well placed pictures in your home can make your home vibrant and full of life.

 

So there you have them; my budget friendly redecorating tips. Do you have any tips to add?

 

 

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49 responses

  1. Often doing a deep clean on a room once or twice a year which gives you the opportunity to clean in places you don’t usually also gives you the chance to move things round a little.

    Washing the skirting and curtains, deep cleaning the sofa or/and carpets or hardwood floors etc. will give your room a lovely lift too

  2. Pictures and mirrors can make such a big difference. We’re just about to move, so I am looking forward to making things look different in a new loaction. And, of course, searching for lots of new bits! x

    Kat

  3. Great tips! We have just moved house and I was surprised of how much i had hidden away but that fits in the new house. I did have to do a bit of shopping for the new house though – couldn’t resist that!

  4. Of course you can compare styling an outfit with decorating. It is all creativity. Most great stylists like yourself are great decorators. It kinds of work the same way ☺
    This is a great post. Well done.

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