Are you tired of how your home looks? Do you want to improve your decor, but don’t have a huge budget? Don’t panic — there are plenty of ways to improve your home without putting too much strain on your wallet. Before you know it, you can have your home looking smarter and more unique, while keeping your personal style.
Add a gallery wall
A great way to spruce up the pictures you have is to add a gallery wall to display them all together. This is much simpler than a lot of people think with modern gallery hanging system options available. You can quickly and cheaply turn your living or dining room into a gallery of stunning pictures, or have a bedroom gallery of your friends and loved ones to remember all the good times.
Get more light
One of the easiest ways to make your home feel more inviting is to get more light into your rooms.
Natural light is ideal and can help to improve your mood. Making sure that your windows are free from clutter or large plants and changing out blinds for thin net curtains can help. If you can’t get more natural light, you can still add more light to your home with lamps. Try to get up-lighters for a modern, airy look. If you prefer something with a cozy feel, fairy lights or other string lights can instantly give your room a makeover.
Add mirrors to brighten your walls
Even if you can’t add more lamps, you can still brighten up your walls with mirrors. You can usually find cheap mirrors secondhand, especially if you’re willing to have a mix-and-match style. Add mirrors as features in the middle of your gallery wall to brighten the whole collection. This can look great with mirrors in ornate frames.
Spruce up your sofa with new cushions
New cushions can do a lot for improving how a sofa or chair looks. New cushion covers are great when old covers get stained, torn, or generally worn out, but don’t stop there. If your cushions are starting to slump and look a bit sad, get new cushion pads to see the biggest improvement.
Add throws to plain chairs
Most of us have at least one chair that doesn’t go with the color scheme of the house, but it’s too comfortable to throw away. A simple way to improve your home’s look is to add a splash of color over these with a throw. You could use a sheepskin rug for a rustic look, or go for a patterned, woven throw for something more modern. Say goodbye to your boring chairs without having to get rid of them and buy new ones.
Freshen up your paint scheme
A great way to improve your home is to repaint. Having the same wall colors for years on end can get boring, so freshen up with a new shade. It doesn’t have to be anything too dramatic, though it can be if you want. Even a simple change to a tinted white wall can make a room feel completely different. Be sure to get samples before you decide on your new color scheme. Of course, if you like your current color scheme, it’s still worth checking to see if the paint is looking a bit tired. Scraped and flaking paint can make walls look tired, so adding another coat might be a great idea to get your house looking fresher. Paint doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you don’t mind getting end-of-line pots of paint and having different rooms be a different color.
Add a feature wall
Feature walls are hugely popular, and rightly so. Adding a feature wall can help make a room pop and can break up the monotony of having the whole room the same color.
Painted feature walls
The simplest way to put in a feature wall is with paint. Typically you’ll want to choose a darker color compared to the main tone of your walls, but it’s best to stick with something that goes well together and doesn’t clash. For example, if you want a pale green room, have a dark green feature wall.
If you have an artistic streak, painting a mural might be a great choice. Your mural could be anything — scenic rolling hills, a portrait, or something fantastical. Whatever works with your vibe. Murals are great because you can often use cheap sample pots of paint to help keep the cost down.
Wallpaper feature walls
You can often find cheap single rolls of wallpaper, which isn’t enough for a whole room but is enough for a feature wall. Try to find something with a big pattern so that the feature wall doesn’t look too fussy.
Bring greenery indoors
Getting houseplants, or even fake plants, is a great way to make your living area seem more relaxed and calming. There is a huge range of houseplants available and some can be very expensive, but there are some cheap options that look very attractive and require minimal watering or care.
One of the best ways to give your home a brush-up is to get a brush and get cleaning. Most people don’t dust their lampshades and skirting boards as much as they should, so check any easily-missed areas and have a good spring clean.
Finally, keep an eye out for deals
There are plenty of other ways to improve your home on a budget, but the simplest one is to always keep an eye out for good deals. The last few meters of upholstery fabric on sale might be enough for a chair reupholstery. Ornaments from thrift sales can jazz up your sideboard. You’ll even be shocked at how much furniture you can find for free. Always look for budget-friendly home improvements and you’ll have a saving-savvy way to keep your home looking fresh and new.