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Refresh Your Home For Less

With the many discount home stores and websites around these days refreshing your home for less has never been easier or more affordable. But these aren’t the only ways you can save some pennies whilst rejuvenating your nest this summer, here we take a look at some of the many other ways you can cut down costs when redecorating.

Car boot sales, thrift stores and garage sales are also great places to purchase items for your home. Look for sturdy wood items such as chairs, tables and bureaus at yard and estate sales. These pieces can be used as they are to create a shabby chic environment or refinished with a coat of fresh paint to create a multicoloured eclectic look. Avoid purchasing used upholstery as it may not be clean and stains and rips can be difficult to repair.

Beyond shopping at value retailers or scouring flea markets for treasures, there are other ways to achieve an upscale look on a budget. For example, the biggest impact you can make in any home is on the walls. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room. If you opt to do the painting yourself, your costs will be minimal but the results will be huge. Add a bold, dark colour to create a regal look. Or go for a light, sunny colour to make a room feel bigger than it actually is.

The floors also make up a huge percentage of a room’s adaptable surfaces. Carpets and wooden floors can be expensive and cause lots of disruption to family life when being laid; a cheap rug on the other hand can brighten up a tired old floor in seconds.

House plants are another way to decorate an interior with very little money. You can pick up plants at local nurseries, DIY stores or supermarkets. Whether you prefer yuccas, cactuses or ivy, house plants can brighten up any décor.

Mirrors and candles are the other two items to purchase if your goal is inexpensive home décor. Grouping many inexpensive mirrors on the wall or lots of candles on a table gives a room visual interest, texture and light. A grouping of mirrors can be just as interesting as a professional painting. Likewise, a mix of candles in different sizes and colours make a beautiful focal point in any room.

Focus the majority of your budget on key investment pieces such as sofas, tables and beds or, better yet, just cover them up! An old sofa can be given new life with the help of some scatter cushions and a throw, an ugly old table is easily hidden with a bright and cheery table cloth and some flowers and a bed can be brought back to life with a new duvet set. Use these bigger pieces as the starting point for your room décor, and then accessorize them with great colours, beautiful plants, and inexpensive accessories.

There is no reason to sacrifice style when your interior decorating budget is tight. With a little bit of planning and a lot of creativity you can create a beautiful interior without spending a fortune.

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