While planning and then living in a renovated home can be very satisfying, often there just isn’t the budget available to spend on major changes such as new bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, room additions, and the like.
However, happily it’s certainly possible to update and modernize the look of your home without having to have huge amounts of money or time available to do so. Indeed, you can add zest to your home decor with just a couple of hundred dollars or more, or even just by utilizing a balance transfer on your credit card so that you have some more time to pay for your updates. To make the biggest impact without spending a fortune, hire a local interior painting company to change up the look of your rooms.
With a little elbow grease and creativity, there are many different ways that you can style for less. From splashing on a new coat of paint and dressing up the bedroom with some new linen, to freshening up a room with some new tiles, there are plenty of options when it comes to making your home look like the best version of itself, while still sticking with a budget. If you’re keen to flex your decorating muscle soon, read on for some tips to doing so without breaking the bank.
Freshen up With Paint
One of the best ways to give your home a facelift for a low cost is simply putting on a fresh coat of paint. You don’t have to do your whole house, or even an entire room in one go, but can choose instead to add flair to a tired-looking space by adding a feature wall. Whether it is your bedroom, lounge room, office, dining room or other area that needs a pick-me-up, you’ll find that some new paint can work wonders.
To really lift a room, it pays to do a feature wall in a contrasting shade to the main color found within it, or else for a more subtle update, to use a darker variation instead. Another idea is to just paint the room’s ceiling in a lighter hue than that found on the walls, as this can instantly make the room appear lighter and brighter.
If you just want to add a touch of color, and perhaps don’t have a whole lot of time, consider simply painting a rectangle or square of color on the wall. Apply this above a lounge or other large piece of furniture, and in a contrasting tone to the current shade on the walls. This space can then be used as an area to hang artworks and photos, effectively creating a “gallery” look, while also adding a nice decorative touch. Alternatively, painting the insides of bookshelves with pops of color can also give some “wow” to a display of books, trinkets, photographs, and other special items.
Dress up Your Bedroom
If it seems as if your bedroom really isn’t an oasis to escape to after a hard day at work or running around after kids, it might be time to turn your attention to this important room of the house. Happily, it’s quick and affordable to turn your sleeping chambers from mess to stress-free, and guarantee yourself a good night sleep while you’re at it.
One of the best ways to dress up this space is through purchasing good-quality linen for your bed. When it comes to buying new sheets, quilt covers, throws, pillows, blankets, and the like, always look for items that are lovely to the touch, since they will feel nice against your skin while you rest. Don’t forget that style is vital too though, so you should look for matching sets or quirkily contrasting purchases.
It pays to stock up on super-soft organic cotton or bamboo sheets, handmade duvets created by artisans (or even a handmade option you make yourself or that has been created with love by a family member), and fluffy throws that tie a whole look together.
You will often be able to locate great deals online or at your local stores during end-of-season stocktake sales, so keep an eye out throughout the year. It also pays to sign up to the newsletters or social media pages of your favorite stockists so that you find out as soon as sales are launched.
Re-tile Backsplashes for a Modern Look
While completely re-tiling a room can be an expensive and labor-intensive process, putting new backsplash tiles in your kitchen generally isn’t. As a result, this can be a great way to really make an impact on the look and feel of your kitchen without having to outlay a lot of money. If you are inclined you can even consider doing the tiling work yourself, as backsplashes usually only cover a few square feet of tile. Look online at YouTube videos for tips, and talk to your local hardware stores as well.
If you really want to make your kitchen pop, consider purchasing some special hand-painted Moroccan tiles, decorative mosaics, sophisticated marble tiles, or those made in bright colors. While these options may be a bit more expensive than the cheapest tiles you’ll find, you don’t need to buy much, and the detail and quality of such products will really make the room stand out.