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If you’re looking to update the home a little bit, one of the hardest parts is coming to the realization that you might never have enough funds to be able to afford to mold it into the vision of perfection you have dreamed about since you were a child.
The very nicest touches always seem to be the most expensive of the lot, so that perfectly designed place that you’ve conjured up seems like it will forever be out of reach…
However, there are ways and means of doing up a home without breaking the bank – by simply cutting a few corners you should be able to see some fab improvements at a much lower cost to the wallet.
Here are some of our absolute favourite money saving tips for updating the décor in your most humble of abodes.
Use the Tools at Your Disposal
We are simply going to go ahead and assume you are reading this free resource online. If that is indeed the case, you have an absolute wealth of other resources at your fingertips, so make sure you take good advantage of them!
It’s not just the internet, either – there are plenty of different home improvement magazines out there, as well as loads of different TV programmes which should be able to give you inspiration!
One of our favourite things to do is to create idea scrapbooks – determine what style you want to take a particular room in (Bohemian, Vintage, Art Nouveau and so on), and then start collecting lots of different ideas!
Make the Most of What You’ve Got
Instead of splashing out on oodles of new furniture, a much cheaper alternative is to simply redo what you’ve already got. You can re-upholster larger pieces of furniture with different colours and styles, or you can add a new finish to any wooden pieces.
Consider adding a new coat of paint to a mirror frame or a headboard – this can bring a surprising amount of new life into a room, and it won’t cost you a fortune!
Change Up the Furniture
There is plenty you can do with the furnishings in a room that can drastically alter the overall look and feel of an area. Whether you’re buying new (or used – we love cheap shabby chic furniture, for example!), or you’re simply rearranging what’s already present, there’s a lot you can do.
Decide on a new focal point for the room. This can be anything from a fireplace to some brightly coloured furniture – just move your furniture so that it complements this focal point and you’ll have a completely new room to live in!
Add Accent Lighting
Install some directional lighting to add a touch of drama to an otherwise plain hallway. Similarly, you can use accent lighting to add an extra something to a piece of artwork. If said artwork is above a sofa or a fireplace, this light will create a focal point, so you can use this tip in conjunction with the previous tip!