Your home is your haven – a place where you can escape from life’s worries and truly be yourself. Naturally, we’d all love to have the finest furniture and keep up to date with the latest colours, but for most of us cost will be a concern. However, with a bit of imagination you can create a stylish home with little more than a few pounds.
Whatever your style, our tips will help you freshen up your rooms without breaking the bank.
A feature wall
A feature wall is a quick and cost-effective way to transform a room. As you’ll only need one can of paint or a roll or two of wallpaper, and with the money saved you can treat yourself to something a little more luxurious. It’s also a great chance to go a bit wild with a bold designer print or rich, warm colour. Choose an uncluttered wall for the most impact, and use masking tape to get crisp, clean lines.
Rearrange your furniture
You’ll be surprised how effective this trick is – move your bed or sofa to change the focal point of a room, or breathe new life into old furniture by placing in a new context. That boring bedside cabinet might look brilliant in your hall with a side lamp on it, and placing an old armchair in your bedroom will create a relaxed feel.
Make your own art
You don’t have to be an artist to create unique pieces for your walls. Mount patterned plates and saucers for a cute vintage look, or mimic gallery style with striking postcards or art prints in oversized black frames. And if that sounds like too much work, decals are an instant and effortless way to jazz up bland walls.
Add a splash of colour
Painting a room is a big commitment, and if you live in a rented property it may not be an option. However, you can add warmth and character to a room with cleverly-placed splashes of colour. Bright scatter cushions or a throw will cheer up a shabby sofa, colourful crockery will add a modern twist to your dining room, and flowers or a plant will work well almost anywhere.
Clear the clutter
Give your room an immediate lift. It’s not very exciting, but tidying things away and throwing out some of your old junk will make your home feel more modern and spacious. Storage is your friend here, so look out for cheap boxes, chests and cabinets. Old shoe boxes covered in wrapping paper look great, and can be neatly stacked for a clean look.
Don’t forget the floor
New flooring is expensive, however a well-chosen rug can hide a multitude of sins. It sounds strange, but the bigger your rug the larger it will make your room seem – so create the illusion of space by covering as much of the floor as possible. Add luxury with a soft, deep pile or fur-effect rug, or make a modern feature with a striking abstract pattern.
Look beyond the scratches and layers of orange varnish, and you’ll find some amazing second-hand items that just need a bit of TLC. Sand them down, then paint them in fashionable pastels. If you fancy something a bit different, try going for contrasting legs, or adding simple stencil design.
Play around with lighting
It might feel like we don’t pay much attention to what’s above our heads, but replacing your lampshades can really freshen up a room. For a minimalist look try a simple paper lantern, or go bold with a bright colour and clean shape. Think about the bulbs too – for a living room, for instance, a lower wattage will cast a soft, cosy light.
Try sheer curtains
We aren’t talking old fashioned nets here – go for a pretty polka dot pattern or a gentle coloured voile. Light fabrics are really easy to work with, so why not try making your own? Just cut to length, hem the raw edges and fold over the top for the curtain rail to pass through.
Add light and space with mirrors
Mirrors make a lovely feature, but have the added benefit of reflecting the light and space in your room. There’s a style for everyone too, from ornate guilt frames to nautical porthole effects.
Here at LPC Living we believe it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to live in their own, quality home. Read about our properties to find out more about what we do, and keep reading our blog for more tips on affordable living.
Posted on: May 13, 2016