Decorating on a budget – 7 of our top tips to getting a chic, unique look for less

A beautiful home needn’t cost a fortune!

Give your home a new lease of life without breaking the bank with our top tips for decorating on a budget. Sometimes the simplest solutions can have the biggest impact so try these easy ideas to transform every room in your home.

Read on and discover our best hacks for decorating on a budget…

1. Add colour to your walls

A lick of paint is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to give your home an instant lift.

2. Rethink what you have


It costs nothing to reassess what your room already looks like. Why not move a few pieces around? Sometimes a fresh approach encourages you to get rid of tired pieces that only clutter up your space. Ask yourself whether you really need everything you see. If not, then drop those items off at the charity shop or sell them on eBay.

3. Choose your lighting wisely

The right lighting can transform the mood of your scheme at very little cost. Why not buy a fresh shade for your lamp? Try replacing mismatched table lamps, with stylish matching ones. Place one on either side of your sofa or bed, and see how the room suddenly has cohesive style

4. Update your cushions and throws

Can’t afford a new sofa? There are dozens of affordable, fabulous cushions that are one of a kind and will zip up your space instantaneously. Find bargain designs to suit your style at Dunelm Mill, Asda or IKEA. If you’re not sure what colours to go for, take inspiration from the palette of your walls and floor.

5. Add light with mirrors

Mirrors can be a cost-friendly alternative to works of art. Use them to add light and shimmer to your walls, or mix and match different styles to bring elegance and personality to even the smallest of spaces. Try M&S  and Ikea for credit-crunch busting mirrors.

6. Recover and renew

Instead of splashing out on new armchair, why not give your existing piece a makeover by recovering it a new fabric. An expert can upholster it for you, or for something less permanent, you could have a go at making a loose cover.

7. Create artwork


Consider investing in wall decor that has been pre-framed to avoid a nasty surprise, or make sure it fits a standard Ikea frame (40cm x 60cm, 50cm x 70cm, etc). Don’t, and you could be hit with an expensive framing bill. And even cheaper alternative is to make your own artwork – try your hand at marbling, which ties into the latest mindfulness trend, or get the kids to have a go. Find frames at local charity shops, painting them to match if you like!

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