You’ve probably already noticed and it’s something I mention quite a bit (sorry about that), but I like changing my home around A LOT. I get really happy with the rooms and then something switches and it needs to be changed. It could be a week, a month, or even a year, but eventually the rooms need updating. I don’t have an endless amount of money in the bank to keep changing things, so I’ve come up with some thrifty ideas for updating rooms on a budget.
REARRANGE FURNITURE – Most of my rooms are restricted in layouts thanks to size, but the quickest and easiest way to update a room is switching things around. In the bedroom, why not get rid of a bedside table and create a cosy corner bed. Downstairs, switch around the chairs or mix up the cushions.
STYLE PIECES DIFFERENTLY – This is what I do the most regularly. I have displays over most of my furniture, usually consisting of a couple books, a vase of flowers or plant, a print or picture, a candle.. Restyle what you already have to keep things looking fresh
ADD IN PAINT OR WALLPAPER – A slightly more expensive option, but something that can create a really big impact in a room after just a days work. Look for sales or discounts if you need to, but usually a few rolls of a nice wallpaper won’t set you back more than £50 and can completely transform a room.
UPCYCLE WHAT YOU HAVE – I used to upcycle a lot more than what I do now, but I still try to find uses for inexpensive things I’ve found. One of the things I still get complimented on (even though I’ve slightly gone off it now!) is the office wire tray I bought for about £3, spray painted and hung on the wall to display photographs on. With a little imagination it’s easy to create something unique for just a few pounds.
RUMMAGE IN THE CHARITY SHOPS – I am a massive charity shop advocate, and probably about half of my furniture comes from them or vintage stores. Not only are you more than likely buying something no-one else will have, it usually comes at a fraction of the price of new, too. I love Emmaus stores, but if you’re in the North West I recommend GB Antiques, Bygone Times and The Vintage Emporium.
Do you have any ideas on inexpensive ways to update your home?