Chic but cheap budget living ideas

Budget interiors aren't a cue for dishevelled, old and outdated style; it's a cue that you need to think outside of the box a little to create a home which is packed full of style and doesn't cost a small fortune. It could be that you go for great discounts on the pieces you love; carry out some upholstery projects or start making your own soft furnishings. Whatever your interior design you have style money shouldn't be a barrier preventing you from creating a gorgeous home.

Cream, red and green curtains at a living room window

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Take a cue from the countless furniture opportunities at boot fairs or auctions; they may need a little TLC but the end results will be well worth the effort. Pack a room full of co-ordinating colours, and display objects which have a link or theme and an eclectic interior will ooze style.

Reupholstering chairs and sofas is an effective way to give furniture a new look. If you're not proficient at upholstery simple throws will also look chic; pile on the cushions and keep your colour pallet neutral and the end result will be fabulous. If you love traditional style it usually doesn't come cheap -again think along the lines of recovering or upholstering a classically style sofa, stripes are timeless, and add pretty cushions to soften the look and keep it up to date.

Giving antique furniture a French polish will bring it back to its former glory. Go for a traditional window dressing which included a simple fabric covered pelmet to keep with the style. Mismatched furniture and furnishings are great for budget interiors and what's more they're so 'on-trend' that your home will look as if its been designed this way – which of course it has. Add lots of different textures on fabrics and use unusual shapes to keep interest lively.

Dark green wall colour, with artistic print of a horse on it and white sofa

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Sit old next to new for an on-trend look which will wow. Use of texture and a neutral colour scheme will allow pieces to blend with one another without any screaming at you for attention. Simple aspects such as nonchalantly leaning a large picture against a wall rather than hanging it will add to the chic style. Another fabulous budget living idea which focuses on the dining room.

Reupholstered chairs bring a new dimension and colour scheme to the room. Using curtain fabric in place of wall paper is an effective way of bring texture and style into the room; many discount curtain fabrics are cheaper than many wallpapers and what's more it's easier to remove when it's time for a change. It isn't just homes where we take inspiration from London hotels also show us that in order to be stylishly chic you don't have to have complete suites of matching furniture and furnishings.

Rooms can be up-dated regularly by changing the curtains, cushions and bedding to keep the room looking fresh and inviting.

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