Some of us are still feeling the squeeze a little from Christmas. However as the countdown to summer (or what little summer we get here in Britain) begins, you might be thinking about giving your home a new lease of life. Whether you’re looking to make it looks brighter and bigger, or more homely and rustic, try these easy steps to redecorating on a budget and let me know how you get on.
Adding accessories is a simple and cost-effective way to breathe new life into any home. That old sofa that’s looking a little tattered? Purchase a beautiful and comfy throw, and pair it with lots of fluffy cushions that match the room’s style.
You can also look at new wall accessories such as paintings or a new mirror, or even a stylish rug. The possibilities are endless. And the best thing is, there’s no set budget if you’re looking to accessorise. You can pick as much or little as you can afford, then continue to add to it throughout the coming weeks or months!
2. Shop second hand
The stigma surrounding second hand is often unjustified, especially if you know what you’re looking for. You can find great quality items that look new, for just a fraction of their original price.
There’s so many high-quality online retailers that you can use nowadays, finding a great deal has never been easier. Coupled with the rise of Facebook Marketplace, you can find great deals local to you to make it even easier.
If you prefer going to physical shops to make your purchases, you might be able to find yourself an even better deal. Many retailers will offer negotiable prices, and may offer a discount on multiple purchases.
3. Get deals to your inbox
If you’re in no rush to complete your redecorating work, then you can afford to wait for the sales. Sign up to the mailing lists for each of your favourite brands, and wait for the sales to come straight into your email inbox. With some retailers, you can even set your preferences to receive tailored emails on products that you’re interested in.
You can also set up Google Alerts, which lets you set up keywords you’re interested in. Every day or week (depending on your preferences), Google will send you an email with top news and websites that contain these keywords. Try it out for yourself with words such as ‘furniture sale’ or ‘home discount’ and see if you get anything worthwhile.
4. Find cost-effective alternatives
When you want to give your place a proper revamp, it’s sometimes difficult to look past the expensive stuff. Adding in new furniture, flooring and coats of paint soon adds up to bust your budget wide open.
If you’re looking to re-paint, you can cut the cost of your paint down by considering what you actually need to paint. Rather than re-doing the whole room, are there one or two rooms you could paint that would have the same impact? Adding a splash of colour is sometimes more effective than painting an entire room!
If you’re looking to replace your flooring and you’ve got your heart set on the wood flooring look, it can become quite expensive. But, you can get the desired look in a number of ways. Try using laminate flooring, which is simple to install and looks great. Or there’s always Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) which look stunning. These alternatives also offer much more choice for you to achieve your desired look!
These are a few ways you can renovate and redecorate without breaking the bank. Finding solutions that work for you is part of the fun, so please share them with us if you’ve got any neat tips and tricks yourself!