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Five ways to refresh a room on a budget

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With many people’s budgets getting tighter and tighter every month, finding spare cash for home improvements can be difficult to the point of impossible. There are just so many other priorities that investing a few hundred pounds into wallpaper and paint can feel like an unnecessary luxury that can wait until another day.

It is possible to refresh a room on even the tightest of budgets, and you’ll be amazed by the difference just a few subtle changes to a room can make. There’s usually no need to start knocking walls down or completely redecorate, just some strategically placed accessories or a fresh outlook is usually all you need.

So if budget and style are both important to you, then take a look at some of our hints and tips for achieving an interior on a budget that you can be proud of.


A quick, simple and FREE way to improve the overall look of your home is to give it a good de-clutter, clean and organise. The general rule is that unless it’s beautiful or useful then it shouldn’t be in your house!

We all tend to hoard and hold onto items that don’t fall into either of these categories, so spend some time sorting through your cupboards, wardrobes, shelves and storage boxes. Sell or donate any items you don’t need and only replace items that will help you achieve the look you want for your home.

Recycle and upcycle

Regularly using online sites such as eBay and Freecycle can help you save thousands of pounds when refreshing a home. You’ll be amazed what people will give away, and with just a little imagination could find a bargain that’s perfect for your space.

You should also consider making the most of what you already have. For example, Kitchen cabinets can be bought back to life by painting them in a different colour and drab dark wood furniture can be given a completely different look by adding an interesting, shabby chic paint effect. With just a little time and elbow grease you can create a one off, designer-esque piece that’ll give your room the wow factor!

Rearrange your room

It may take several goes at rearranging a room before you decide how to best optimise the space and provide you with the perfect living solution.

If possible, take everything out of the room so you get a good feel for its dimensions, before replacing your furniture one piece at a time. Keep moving it until you’re happy, and remember that this layout doesn’t have to be forever. Regularly moving furniture around can give a room a new look as well as the opportunity for a good spring clean.

Greenery and plants

When you add greenery, plants and flowers to a space, you’re not only implementing a low cost interior design solution, you are also adding a living organism that will enhance your body and mind:

  • Helps you to breathe easier by increasing oxygen levels

  • Increases the humidity in your house by releasing roughly 97% of the water they take in

  • Removes toxins from the air

  • Improves mental alertness

Wall Art

Wall art doesn’t just have to be limited to paintings or framed photographs - although these are both great ways to refresh an interior on a budget. Wall stickers are becoming increasingly popular and a low cost way to transform a space, and the best news is they’re temporary, meaning that as soon as you get fed up with one you can simply un-peel and find another one instead!

Painted murals are also a great way to give a room a completely different look without having to redecorate. Although if art isn’t one of your strong points, then consider a stencil instead, which can be bought or made for just a few pounds.

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson and complies with my guest blogging and disclosure policy..  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35 

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