Redecorating your home is always a good idea, but it can also get quite expensive – trust me, I am currently pricing up revamping my whole flat and weeping at the costs. And if the elements simply do not cooperate — as in the case of the hallway previously described here on my blog — it can be a little discouraging… and wet. Despite this, however, there are still ways to be able to breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank. Updating the colours of your walls, rearranging spaces, and installing easy updates can do a world of good for you and your home, even if you’re on a tight budget. So if you’re thinking of revamping your home, here are some of the simplest, but most impactful things you can do around your house:
Often, a fresh coat of paint can totally transform your space. Whether you’re changing the shade on your walls or adding some new colours for highlights and accents, repainting your home is always an affordable way to give it a new look. House Beautiful’s tips for paint colour ideas points out that you can start by painting your door a bold colour — it’s the quickest way to make a statement. Paint your entryways a bright colour, too, as this can make them look more welcoming and inviting. Most of my flat is white but here are 2 feature walls which are light grey and dark grey (the bedroom and hallway), but I do love navy blue and jewel greens in bedrooms as they make the room seem a lot richer and vibrant.
Start by moving your bed to another part of your room. If you want to add character and make a big impact, Good Housekeeping’s bedroom makeover ideas highlights texture as the best tool you can use to your benefit. Get yourself some printed sheets with dots, stripes, curls, and swirls. Add a rug under your bed if you don’t have one yet, as it can also make your space look bigger. Additionally, you can make your own headboard if you don’t have one yet, either. All you need is a big piece of cardboard, some good-quality cloth from a second hand store, and you’re all set. When I last revamped my bedroom space I kept the bed where it was, but did shuffle around all the other furniture in the room. This time round I will again be keeping the bed in the same spot but removing a lot of the furniture altogether, like the wardrobe & drawers. Instead I will get 2 clothing rails and some boxes for clothing – it’ll save space and also look a lot more modern.
Separate Large Areas
Apart from adding some privacy to a big room, dividers also allow you to give it more personality. You can either choose ones that are built in, like sliding partitions and foldable glass, or portable ones like accordion dividers that you can easily move. This way, you have plenty of options in case you want to redo your home’s interior. But in the case of the former, Screwfix’s list of internal doors details how some interior room panels are able to slide either to the right or the left. There are also ones that are multifunctional, with spaces where you can put your books and other home items. Your choice of divider depends on the amount of space, and the look and feel you would like to go with.
Breathe Life Into Your Bathroom
Ideal Home’s secret to uplifting any bathroom is using wallpaper with interesting and striking designs, as it is perfect if you have a tiny space to work with. You just need to make sure that the wallpaper you get is specifically made for bathrooms so they don’t peel off after prolonged exposure to moisture and steam. My bathroom is mainly all tiled, and I cannot afford or be bothered to rip them out and get new ones, so if I decided to go a different direction with my bathroom decor I’ll invest in some tile paint to save time and pennies (more money for bathroom plants, amiright?!) Purchase multi-functional furniture, too, like stools you can use for sitting and storing, as well as racks where you can hang towels and put toiletries.
De-clutter & Brighten
Sometimes, all a room ever needs is a good cleaning and de-cluttering to look brand new. Liv for Interior suggests letting a lot of natural light in, too, which can help open up space and make it look completely different. Adding plenty of plants, greens, and outdoor elements is also another inexpensive — not to mention sustainable and environmentally-friendly — way to breathe new life into your house. Plants are natural mood boosters, too, so you’re not only making your home look good, but you’re also allowing it to help you feel good. You can choose low-maintenance plants like Aloe, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Snake Plant, or the Heartleaf Philodendron. You can also get succulents, cacti, or even some of your favourite herbs like basil, thyme, and rosemary.