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How to decorate your house on a budget

19 October 2020

Budget decorating is needed now more than ever. With a potential second national lockdown brewing on the horizon, and the economy still trying to drag itself back up from the first one, money is tight.

But it’s the holiday season and nothing feels right until furniture has been moved around and the house has been redecorated to look fresh for the colder months of the year. With your bank card under lock and key until further notice, how can you add some holiday spirit to your home?

We’ve done the research so that you can sit back, relax, and let your creative mind take over while you read our guide on decorating your house on a budget.

Do it for free!
There are a few free ways you can change up the style of abode without ever stepping foot outside your front door.

Try rearranging the furniture and knick-knacks first. You’ll be surprised how much more space you could be utilising that is hidden by poorly placed sofas and tables. We recommend drawing out your ideal space and taking measurements of the room and the furniture in it. By doing this, you can visualise the room before you move anything.

Painting is also a good option. If you happen to have a creative hand in the family, adding small embellishments onto plain wooden furniture can give an eye-catching effect. Alternatively, if you have a stash of paint, why not change up the scheme of the room by choosing a new accent colour?

Second hand shopping
Charity shops, car boot sales, Facebook marketplace, Gumtree, eBay... The list goes on. All of these places allow the everyday homeowner to shop in a cheaper, more environmentally-friendly way. By buying second hand items from people, you’re recycling with the possibility of upcycling the item you purchase.

Some home items even get given away for free by other homeowners who don’t want them and don’t think they’re worth anything. Snatch these up if they’re in good condition!

Build it yourself
Buying the wood, fixtures, and paint needed to make a piece of furniture yourself can work out much cheaper than buying mass-produced items from chain stores. If you have need of a new desk, bookshelf, cupboard, or set of draws, you might be much better off committing to a little bit of DIY.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to breath some new life into a room is to change the accents and accessories that already exist or add new ones where there aren’t any.

For example, a throw to drape over the back of your sofa could cost you as little as £10 - £15 if you shop around. Decorative pillows are fairly inexpensive too, usually around the £5 - £10 range, depending on size.

Greenery, such as ivy vines and faux plants, can brighten up a room without breaking down your wallet. Adding a small bouquet of fabric flowers to your table can give your space a simple centrepiece to work around.

There are hundreds of options, sometimes you just need to think outside the box.

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