When it comes to sprucing up the home you don’t need to spend big to make a big impact. It’s the little things that count, and with the right changes in the right places it’s easy to dramatically makeover your home on a limited budget. Allianz Your Cover (www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk) has provided some simple, budget-friendly ways to revamp your living space to give you some ideas.
Here they are!
A splash of colour
One of the least expensive things you can do for the biggest impact around the home is to make a bold change of colour. Colour is one of the first things our eyes notice when we enter a room, so whether you change just one statement wall or the whole room’s colour scheme, it’s guaranteed to have a big visual impact. Even better, paint is inexpensive, and you can carry out all of the work yourself with a few basic tools. It’s worth taking time over your colour choice, as different tones can affect a room’s mood as well as its appearance – and your own mood too. You might want to try a handy online tool like Dulux MousePainter to help you visualise your room in a range of colours.
Add a little greenery
Houseplants and fresh cut flowers are cheap and cheerful ways to bring instant energy to a room. An empty corner can be transformed with a tall palm, adding vitality, making a room feel more relaxed, and helping to keep the air clean and fresh too. As a less expensive alternative to buying fresh cut flowers every week, try a flowering plant, like an orchid or hydrangea. These are easy to care for, and add a touch of colour and beauty that can be an attractive focal point.
Revamp rarely used space
Many homes have a room that’s overlooked – whether it’s the dining room that’s seldom used, a guestroom, or that cupboard under the stairs. Make the most of your limited budget and use it to repurpose a room so that you really get the best use of it. A few inexpensive shelves and a desk and your under stairs cupboard can become an office, switch the bed in your guestroom for a sofa bed and you’ll create an area that can be used for work, a playroom for children, or even an exercise space.
Home accessories, like throws, vases, rugs and cushions, may be inexpensive little items, but they have the power to completely transform the look of a room. They allow you to express your own personal style and change colour schemes – so, rather than investing in a whole new sofa, try a simple change of pillows and a throw to change its look without breaking your budget.
Freshen up furniture
New pieces of furniture can be costly, so it can pay to use your imagination and work with what you already have. Repainting, refinishing or a change of upholstery is less expensive, but can have just as much impact as a whole new furniture purchase. A fresh lick of paint can update anything from kitchen chairs to chandeliers, while doors, cabinets and drawers can be instantly modernised with a simple change of handles.
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