Is your home interior starting to feel a bit old and flat? Perhaps it’s in need of a new lease of life? If you want to make a big impact on the way your home looks, but don’t want to it to have a similar impact on your wallet, a few small changes in decorating can have the transformative effect you are looking for. Here are some quick and easy home decorating ideas for you that won’t break the bank.
Cheap and Easy Home Decorating Ideas:
A Lick of Paint
If you are looking for an instant lift, nothing has a greater impact than simply changing the colour of the walls. This option is quick, easy and inexpensive. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the ceiling.
If you are a bit commitment shy when it comes to decorating, decals which simply peel and stick offer a quick and simple way to update any room instantly. And with so many options out there you can easily create something very personal to you and your style.
Update your Accessories
A cheap and easy home decorating idea is to invest in new throws and cushions to add colour and texture to a living space. Try rotating these throughout the year with the change of seasons to keep things fresh. Similarly, new bed linen will immediately update your bedroom or guest room.
Minimise Clutter, Maximise Space
Decluttering costs nothing but can have a huge impact on your living space. What doesn’t go to charity or the dump can be re-organised with cool and innovative storage options. You could also try repurposing a ladder to make shelves or for nifty hanging space.
Give Old Faithfuls a Make-Over
Another easy home decorating idea is to update dressers, chests of drawers and kitchen cabinets with new decorative handles. Another simple fix is to refresh doors, wardrobes, dressers and shelves by decorating them with brightly patterned wallpaper.
Rethink the Lighting
What you do with your lighting is so important and can transform the mood of any room. Use tinted bulbs and install dimmers on switches to add drama and ambience in areas such as the dining room and bedrooms. This is also good for energy efficiency.
Refresh your Lampshades
Continuing on the lighting theme, swap out old lamp shades for new coloured shades or buy floral printed ones to change the mood of any room. You can even paint existing shades if you are feeling creative as well as thrifty.
The addition of mirrors will add light, space and drama to any size room. Hang them on adjacent or opposite walls to your window to reflect light and give the impression of more windows. You can mix and match the size and frames to give the space some character.
Don’t forget the role that natural light plays in a house. Transform dull windows and let the light in by keeping them clean and ditching light-blocking window treatments. There are lots of ready-made options out there.
The simple act of adding rugs, or indeed taking them away, can make a big difference to a room. Consider changing your floor coverings with the seasons. Even rotate them from room to room to implement change without spending the earth.
Hang a Gallery of Photos
This can make a great personalised feature to liven up any room. One way to approach it is to group your photos and frames by theme such as family, travels or simply good times.
Create your Own Art
Display pressed flowers in frames on the wall or print your children’s artworks on canvas or in simple frames and update them regularly. Another great way to make a splash, and to express some of your personality in your home, is to go for a photo mural to cover an entire wall.
Showcase your Collections
Have you accumulated such things as candles, vases, decanters or ornate coloured bottles gathering dust on surfaces or tucked away in cupboards? Bring them together in one place, such as the mantel or fireplace, and make a feature out of them.
Repurpose, Recover and Renew
Up-cycling is a fun, inexpensive trend that’s also environmentally friendly. Try recovering old upholstery with bold new fabrics, repurposing mirrors to make a drinks trays or chairs for bedside tables. If you are any good with a sewing machine, you could also recycle favourite tea towels to make cushion covers.
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Replace Shabby Items
Chucking out your old doormat or shower curtain will make an instant difference, at the minimum expense. It will make your home feel far more welcoming.
Bring the Outside In
The concept of incorporating nature into your interiors is a big trend for this year. You’ll give a room more life by simply placing a plant in a dull corner. You could also uplight from the back or even decorate with fairy lights to add some magic