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Redecorating on a Tight Budget

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If your home is starting to feel a little stale, maybe it’s time to consider redecorating, to spruce things up a bit. If you’re considering redecorating and are worried about the cost spiralling out of control, here are a few handy tips of how to redecorate on a budget.

Create a feature wall

While repainting the walls in your home will certainly help to brighten things up, creating a feature wall in your lounge or bedroom is a great way to give your house that little something extra.

If you’re lucky enough to have a wall that protrudes slightly, the impact of a feature wall is greatly improved. Choose bold colours or patterns, and be brave. A feature wall is designed to make a statement, so make sure it’s a tasteful statement that visitors will remember.

Rethink your lighting

Changing your lighting can be another excellent way to alter the feel of a room, without spending too much money.

If a rewiring job, and the subsequent repositioning of certain lights, is out of the question because of the cost implications, plump for some new, tasteful, yet bold lamp shades.

The right ambient lighting, when combined with some effective accent lighting, which highlights the key features in a given room, can have a transformational impact, and need not cost the earth.

Make your own curtains

Making your own curtains is a great way to give a room a completely different feel, on a budget. Choosing the right curtain fabric, either a bold colour or a tasteful pattern, is your starting point. A quick online search will reveal where you can get this fabric transformed into curtains locally, for a fraction of the cost that they would set you back if you bought them readymade.

Not only does choosing your own curtain fabric give you access to a far wider range of style choices, it gives you the option to have the curtains designed to your own specific taste.


If you’re low on funds, the chances are that purchasing a new sofa or armchair is simply out of the question. Your living room can, however, be upgraded very cheaply by adding some tasteful throws onto your existing sofa or, indeed, going one step further and getting your sofa or armchair reupholstered.

An armchair, especially, offers you the opportunity to make a statement. Consider reupholstering your armchair in bold colours, to really make it stand out; it will certainly ensure that it’s a talking point among all your visitors.

Get creative

One of the most important facets of redecorating your home on a budget is to make sure that you are inspired by high end design, but you manage to recreate that design at a far lower cost.

Go out shopping for the day to some of your city’s high end, boutique shops. Take a notepad and pen, and be sure to write down all the design ideas that you like or, even better, take pictures with your camera phone.

Your next step should be to trawl the internet for items which are similar to the ones that you like, but are significantly cheaper. Consider using websites such as Freecycle to pick up some free bargains; although these items may not be quite what you’re looking for, they can often be brought up to scratch with a little creativity.

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