No matter how much time and effort you put into making your home beautiful, there will come a point when it begins to look tired and worn out. Normal wear and tear, plus the fact that tastes inevitably change as the years pass, all go hand in hand towards ensuring that your once cutting edge decorative scheme now looks like a bad relic from a dodgy 70s movie. But how can you address this issue if you don’t have a lot of cash to spend on home improvements?
Work Out a Budget
When you don’t have much money, you need to be very careful about what you spend. This means you need to plan carefully what you intend on changing in a room and only splash out on new Vintage Industrial Furniture by housejunkie.co.uk if your budget allows.
Make Do and Mend
Just because you are sick of your current décor, it doesn’t mean you have to throw every single item into a skip and buy new stuff all over again. If you look around, there are bound to be things you can salvage or renovate. Old, worn out sofas can be revitalised with colourful new throws or, if the covers are removable, dye them. Curtains can also be dyed if you fancy a different colour scheme.
One Man’s Junk…
There are lots of ways to make the most of what you do have, but if some items are hideously dated, try selling them online to raise some cash towards the purchase of new bits and pieces. You’d be amazed what you can sell old junk for on online auction sites such as eBay. Some folk will pay a fortune for ‘vintage’ pieces of furniture, so just because you can’t stand the sight of your great grandma’s old dresser, don’t assume someone else won’t love it to bits.
A New Accent Colour
Making subtle changes in colour is a clever way of radically altering the feel of a room. Paint is relatively inexpensive and it doesn’t cost a lot to alter the colour of a room with a couple of tins of emulsion. And if you want to use wallpaper, choose a patterned paper on one wall for maximum effect.
Plain, neutral decorative schemes can be given a dramatic lift with the introduction of a few brightly coloured accent pieces. Cushions and throws are a cheap way of introducing a new colour into a room. You can even make cushion covers if you are feeling creative – simply buy some cheap fabric and use your existing cushions as a convenient template.
Adding a few new accessories such as lamps, cushions, ornaments and small statement pieces can change the look of a room in a big way. You don’t have to go too mad and spend a fortune on expensive pieces. It is easy to pick up new lamps, cushions and the like from discount home ware stores.
Home makeovers can be inexpensive and effective, but if you are struggling for inspiration, watch a few home makeover programmes on television – they are often full of useful tips and advice as well as being massively entertaining.