You walk into your living room and instantly sigh- nothing in there looks good to you anymore! The sofa is out dated, the window treatments are ‘blah’ and the knick knacks that you used to love just don’t make sense anymore, and let’s face it, the coffee table has seen better days. Sure, everything still functions like it should but the space has gotten boring and tired looking.
Of course the obvious answer to this dilemma is a room makeover. A room makeover doesn’t have to mean breaking the piggy bank to achieve a new look, in fact, with a little bit of creativity and time, you can create a beautiful space on and still stick to your budget. Below are a few tips on how to do so:
1. Shop Second Hand
One of the best resources to take advantage of when shopping on a budget is to shop second hand. Before you start cringing at the idea, remember the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. You can score great pieces of furniture to house your knick knacks, slip covers for your sofa and beautiful wall art at for a steal by surfing the internet (sites like eBay, gumtree and Trading Post are great places to start) and attending garage sales, markets, and op shops.
2. Spruce Up Those Walls
Adding a removable wall decal can produce magical results. Utilising this option is a cheap way to freshen up a space that has become boring and mundane. Another option is to find some artwork or pieces to hang on the walls to give it a bit more razzle dazzle.
3. Change those Blinds
Window treatments have the ability to drastically impact the look and feel of a space. Updating them is simple and inexpensive, provided you do your research first to score yourself a bargain.
4. Make it Yourself
Making your own home decor is incredibly rewarding. Doing so is a wonderful way to invite your own personality and style to the room. You can make wall art out of interesting postcards or reuse jars as flower pots, and the best part about it is that it is a great way to save money. Check the internet (especially sites like Pinterest) for D.I.Y inspiration.
5. Move your Furniture
You can use furniture from other rooms of the house to create a new look. Before you open your wallet, look around your house and see if rearranging a few pieces would make a positive difference.
6. Decorate with Houseplants
Flowers and plants have the power to improve your mood as well as the atmosphere. Artfully decorating your space with fresh flowers and houseplants is a budget friendly way to update your room.
7. Clean it Up
Cleaning your house and getting rid of all the clutter can improve the appearance of a room like magic. Nothing is nicer than walking into a nice clean, clutter free, space- and the only thing it will cost you is your time.
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This article was written by Tamara Anderson, a interior design enthusiast who also enjoys shopping. She just recently bought window coverings from iSeek Blinds. Tammy is busy searching online for her next home purchase.