For any home lover, we pour over beautiful spaces in décor mags and obsess about the latest looks showcased on our favourite décor blogs, but the sad reality when you in the midst of a renovation or makeover is that we can’t always afford what we love (sad, but true!). There are some great ways to bring your space to life, whilst on a budget, making it look beautiful any day of the week.
- Decorate with plants
Whilst fresh flowers scattered around one’s home will always uplift a space, it can be costly buying new flowers every week. My top tip is to invest in a couple of hardy indoor plants that can be moved around and inject some sculptural greenness into a corner.
- Framed artworks
Create focal points, by grouping collages of framed artworks together. By buying bought frames one can save a lot of money rather than having artworks framed professionally, and they can house sourced postcards or printed photos. The benefit of this option is that they can be updated very easily too, rehousing fresh looks when your space needs a pick me up or some bursts of colour.
- Move and reuse
Look at what you already have or is stashed in that spare bedroom and start re-envisioning it. Sometimes just by re-grouping or moving things around, one can update ones look completely.
Roll up your sleeves, buy a tin of paint and paint a feature wall/s. It’s an inexpensive way to bring some drama and focus into a space. Hanging existing art against a colour or dark wall can really bring it to life, or painting your front door a different colour can change the whole dynamic from before.
Take the time to see what’s out there. With gumtree, 2nd hand furniture stores on every corner, markets, church fetes and even auction houses, there’s a multitude of resources to find interesting things. Sometimes all they need is a little imagination, a new environment or a lick of paint.
- Hanging lights
Have you changed your furniture layouts and now you have random ceiling pendants hanging in random spots? Instead of the expense of hiring an electrician and moving them, use a long chain/ wire with a ceiling mounted hook. Creates a truly funky look.
- Painted furniture
Further to point 5, update or source cheap furniture by painting it a bold colour. A little stool for the lounge, wooden barstools for the kitchen, bedside tables or kitchen vanities can cause quite a stir when renewed with a zesty lemon or bold red.
Updating hardware on kitchen and bathroom cabinetry or an old sideboard can make all the difference. It’s a simple fix that really stands out. If you have any friends travelling overseas, Anthropologie has the most incredible selection of handles to revolutionise your space.
A little random, but bringing some beautiful texture in the form of woven baskets into your home can really make a difference. Either next to the fireplace for stacking wood, in the bathroom for toilet rolls, stash toys in them or use on shelving to store anything unsightly!
They are fabulous for housing plants and an inexpensive décor piece that immediately brings texture, colour and or pattern to a space.
Can’t afford a new couch…update the cushions! There are some great designs available and by being clever with print, colour and texture…that old couch will be given a new identity.
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