Interior design tips to re-energise your home on a budget

Interior design tips to re-energise your home on a budget

Spring is all about fresh beginnings, so now’s the perfect time to give your home an inspiring new look.

Spring is all about fresh beginnings, so now’s the perfect time to give your home an inspiring new look.

If you want to give your home a facelift, it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, nor lots of time.

With our tips and tricks, you’ll feel like you’ve had a top interior designer in but, thankfully, without the big bill.

Clear out and sort your storage

De-cluttering is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to refresh your home. Be ruthless and throw out, sell or give away anything you no longer love or use. Make sure everything that’s left has a tidy home by investing in some attractive baskets and boxes, and adding extra shelving or hooks if needed.

Reassess your furniture needs

Is there an armchair you never use? Perhaps you could do with a larger chest of drawers? Or maybe a smaller coffee table would suit the design style of your living room better? Think about saving valuable space with multipurpose pieces, such as a sofa bed instead of a double bed in your spare room, or a footstool with hidden storage to hide away clutter. Finally, look at the layout of your rooms. Sometimes simply rearranging your existing furniture can make the space feel radically different.

Upcycle

This is a great way to breathe new life into old furniture and accessories. Paint plain wooden tables and chairs a cheery new colour; swap drawer and door handles for new ones; revamp cushions or curtains by adding a ribbon or even pompom trim; spray-paint vases and picture frames; and cover boring boxes or box files with brightly patterned paper.

Be clever with coverings

Less than keen on your existing floor? Hide it with a large rug to transform your room within seconds. Available in a huge array of patterns, colours and textures, you’re bound to find one you fall in love with.

‘Layer’ light

Take a tip from interior designers and make sure your rooms have several ‘layers’ of light. As well as a central ceiling pendant, consider adding floor, table and wall lamps. This way, you can turn up the brightness when you’re busy in the early evening, or create a cosy, welcoming glow with just a few pools of light at night.

Add some colour

Change the whole look of a room in just a day by painting a single feature wall (or even a door or skirting boards) in a bold new shade. Then simply add accessories such as cushions, throws, lamps or vases that pick up this accent hue.

Think of the air

Scented candles and reed diffusers can create a fresh, cosy and clean atmosphere in minutes. Try Febreze candles and diffusers, which not only fill the air with fragrance, but also eliminate odours rather than disguising them.

Position mirrors with purpose

Another tip professional interior designers swear by is to make rooms feel brighter by using mirrors or mirrored furniture to bounce light around. Hang a large mirror above a fireplace, sofa or bed, then add shiny or mirrored accessories such as vases, picture frames or lamp bases.

Notice the details

Talking of mirrors, glass is a magnet for dust, so while your windows and mirrors may not look particularly dirty, cleaning them is guaranteed to dramatically improve any room. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar into a small bucket of warm water and wash the glass inside and out before buffing it dry with newspaper to banish streaks and make them sparkle.

Use wallpaper wisely

Wallpaper is a big interior design trend, and it’s a great way to add personality. However, you don’t have to paper all four walls – covering just a chimney breast, an alcove, or a single feature wall with an eye-catching pattern can make a big impact without overpowering the space. Want something out of the ordinary? Look for new ‘optical illusion’ wallpapers, which mimic the look of wooden planks, bricks, marble or even bookshelves.

Sort out the sofa

Your sofa is the focal point of your living room, so if it is dirty or tired, the rest of your scheme will seem so, too. Give it a new lease of life by vacuuming it thoroughly to remove dust and hairs and washing the covers (use a steam cleaner if they’re not machine-washable), then make it smell fresh and clean with a spritz of Febreze Fabric Refresher. Finally, add new cushions and a cosy throw.

Go green

There isn’t a room in the house that can’t be cheered up with plants or greenery. Let the outside in by placing houseplants in pretty pots on windowsills, growing herbs in the kitchen, and hanging ferns in planters from the bathroom ceiling.

Give the front door some TLC

Make your home feel like new from the minute you walk in the front door… by repainting it. Changing the colour of your front door takes just a pot of paint and a few hours of work, but it’s worth it.

Have you ever revamped your home on a budget? Let us know how you did it in the comments section below.

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Jennifer 29/04/2017

Glitter wallpaper is a big style statement at the moment. Looks great and is bang up to date

Great

Lmb82 18/04/2017

These tips and advice are just what I needed and I'm sure to use some as I've already used a few . Repainted the front door from plan white to a Modern grey and changed the sliver to a nice brass letter box and knocker . Vamped up the sofas too . More changes need and will use these useful tips Thank you

fresh and inexpensive

HappyandfunXXXXX 15/04/2017

You can often pick up a tin of paint on Freecycle which will make a feature wall stand out and cost nothing.Cushion covers can be bought from car boot sales for 50p each and if you buy a random selection of textures and patterns it can really add a great affect to an otherwise boring sofa colour,You don't have to spend a lot to give your living room a completely new look! I collected some old china cups and saucers - all pretty and non matching and they add a touch of elegance to a plain dresser

Wallpapering

clive 12/04/2017

Is what i'm doing at the moment and i love to have a new room looking at me with a new rug and coverings.

Freecycle

Chrissie 06/04/2017

Hi, we recently moved on and refurnished our entire cottage with free furnishings and accessories. Yes that's right! I kid you not. Most major towns throughout England parts of Europe and america (where it all began!) have a free to register and join website called Freecycle.uk That is you offer your unwanted items whatever keeping stuff out of landfill and you can request FREE stuff and I mean free. - its saved us a small fortune over the years and you cut out waste and recycle stuff

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