We all want a beautiful home that we can be proud of. This is especially true for those who live to entertain and welcome guests into their home. Home interior trends change each year and it can be quite expensive to keep renovating just to follow the trends. However, updating your home does not always mean spending loads and loads of cash. Here are some of the ways on how you can update your home without splashing the cash.
Create a budget
The first thing that you have to do is to create a budget. If you have a budget that you have to stick to, you won’t be spending more than you want. Check your home first and check the things that you want to change. Do you need new furniture? Do you just need decorations? When you have answered these questions, you can already set an amount that you are willing to spend in order to make your home more trendy.
Remember, sometimes just changing the pictures, cushions and grabbing a new rug can change the feel of the room instantly and can be a cheap and effective way to create a new look.
Go to Charity Shops
You don’t always have to go to big furniture stores in order to find pieces that will fit right into your home. Sometimes, the best pieces are found in thrift stores and garage sales. You just have to be patient and you have to know where to look. Check your neighbourhood for garage sales or look online for some thrift shops where you can find fantastic pieces that you can purchase for cheap. Ebay, Gumtree and Facebook marketplace are fantastic places to find used items that can save you a lot of money – and if you are lucky you can sometimes find them for free.
Choose DIY shutters over full-service shutter installations
Another way to change the look of the room is by adding shutters to your windows, they give an elegant look and feel to the room. They also help to keep a room warm in the colder months or help to block out the full sun in the summer.
Shutters traditionally can be an expensive option, however, that doesn’t have to be the case and there is a way to keep the cost down by choosing the DIY option. Over at the DIY shutters page you can find all the information you will need to help you along your DIY journey.
It may seem a scary thought to do it yourself but the money you can save can be enough to sway you into looking into this option, you could save yourself up to 40% – you’ll not have to pay someone to come out to measure for you or to fix them either.
The Shutter Store UK offers plenty of easy-to-follow guides and videos to guide homeowners through every step, including measuring up windows, ordering bespoke shutters, and tips on installing them yourselves – but if that thought does sound too scary you can get in touch with their sister company who can fit them for you.
Made from luxury quality materials, you can make your home feel warm and cosy at a fraction of the cost – you can choose something to suit the style of your home from half cafe style shutters, waterproof PVC shutters, full length, solid shutters and they also come in a variety of colours to help your personality shine through.
Upcycling items in your home
There is always that one piece of furniture in your home that you no longer want or need. It may be an eyesore now, but if you learn how to upcycle, you can use that same furniture for something else completely different. For instance, leg of a chair or table can be reused as candlestick holders. Upcycling is a cheap way to update your home. All you need are a few materials and you are all set!
There are times when you are really low on cash and you don’t have the capacity to purchase new items for your home. What you can do is to paint some of your items in a different colour. You can choose the colour of the year or something else totally different. Even if it is the same item, it will look something completely different because of the change in colour. Change the colour of your doors, window shades, lamps, and other items that you can find. A can of paint and a paintbrush is all that it takes!
I love an upcycling project to help save money and they really are so easy to do. To match in with Harry’s pirate-themed bedroom I upcycled an old drawer set with pirate wrapping paper and paint – you can see how to upcycle a unit in a pirate theme here.
Of course, since then I have moved Harry into the bigger room which was the spare room and we’ve changed the theme of his bedroom to Batman and Cars – a lick of paint and imagination was all it took to create his awesome wall mural and the above set of drawers received another coat of paint (after removing the wall paper from it) and now matches his bedroom as the drawers are now red, blue and yellow. Full instruction on painting this Batman mural can be found here.
There are so many ways you can change the look of your home. It may sometimes sound like a big job and expensive but as you can see, it doesn’t always have to be the case.
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