It’s easy to look around your home and feel deflated.
Propped up on your sagging 30-year-old sofa, surrounded by interior design choices that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Fawlty Towers, you let out a heavy sigh.
Whilst all your friends seem to be moving into luxury townhouses or sleek apartments, you’re left breathing in ancient dust and occasionally stubbing your toe on your woodworm inflicted sideboard.
It’s time for a change.
However, a quick glance in your moth-eaten wallet signals that money’s too tight to mention – but our three easy ways to spruce up your home on a budget are here to help …
Get the Paintbrushes Out
If you’re sick of looking at beige walls day in and day out, a wallet friendly option is to get the paintbrushes out and give a tired looking room a well deserved coat of paint. You needn’t be a Michelangelo to get the job done properly, though, which makes this all the more attractive.
The colour you go for, however, will obviously depend on your personal taste and the mood you want to create in the room, which is why it’s a good start to pick up a colour wheel and decide whether you want a tonal, harmonious or complementary scheme.
Choose Appropriate Accessorises
Although it’s tempting to take a chainsaw to your decades old sofa, it’s more economical to adorn it with some new accessories. This should breathe some much needed life into your tatty chaise longue and prevent you from going Leatherface after a few too many drinks.
Additionally, rather than ripping up your well trodden carpet, try investing in design mats to spruce up your floor space and make any room in the home fit for a king, queen, prince or that snobby old bat from the house across the street.
Shuffle the Pack
Over time, it’s easy to get bored with the layout of a room, which inevitably leads to you splashing the cash in an attempt to help it regain its magic. However, a much easier approach is to reorganise the space.
Admittedly, it’s still your stuff – nothing’s changed there – but by repositioning the television, for example, you’ll be looking at your room with a new perspective, avoiding the feelings of boredom that can creep in when confronted with a stale space.
Finally, it’s vital to remember that you needn’t spend cash like a drunk philanthropist – all it takes is a little patience, pride and perseverance to make your house a home.