Many of us like to perform a mini makeover at home to herald the arrival of bright, spring days. If you’re looking to upgrade and update on a shoestring budget, here are some purse-friendly ideas.
Are you tired of looking at the same four walls in your home office? Do you fancy a change of style in the living room? Are you eager to switch cosy for cosmopolitan in the kitchen? If so it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do. Swap darker colours for fresh shades for an instant spring upgrade. Use neutral shades to create space and lighten up the room. Add printed paper to make a statement on a feature wall. If you’re painting at home, remove valuables and move furniture away from the walls. Use dust sheets to protect carpets and wear old clothing. Use a roller to save time, and finish off edges with a small brush. Look for inspiration for colours and complementary shades online.
Have you got half-finished DIY jobs around the house? Are you guilty of never quite finishing off a project? If so, set yourself a deadline to finish off DIY tasks and get any professionals repairs done. If you’re not confident in your own abilities, or you’re stuck with a building project, ask experts for advice. Call in the a c repair professionals, and consider hiring a handyman for the day to finish off those niggling final touches. If you have friends or family who are blessed with DIY skills, invite them over in exchange for a home-cooked meal or a barbecue.
You often hear stylists saying that accessories make an outfit, and the same can be said about interior design. You don’t need to change everything in the room to make a difference. Adding accents can update the room with immediate effect. Coloured or patterned soft furnishings can lift plain walls and neutral carpets. Fresh cut flowers, fruit bowls and matching kettles and toasters can alter the look of the kitchen. You don’t have to spend a fortune on accessories to restyle your home. Look out for bargains at yard sales and bid for second-hand items on auction sites. You can often save money by buying online, so do some surfing and see what gems you can find.
If you’ve got old furniture lying around and you can’t afford to replace it, why not try upcycling? Watch some videos on the Internet and get some tips from interior magazines. Shabby old chests and cupboards can be reinvented on a shoestring. Use paints, stencils and basic carpentry skills to create brand new items. Vintage is bang on trend, so don’t worry if the end result is a little short of perfect.
When you hear people talking about home makeovers, it’s easy to assume that this means spending a load of money. In reality, you can spend as much or as little as you want. Look around you and make the most of the resources you have. Get creative, and don’t be afraid to go for second-hand pieces to save money.