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15 Jun 2017

Decorating Without Much Dough? Budget Home Makeover Ideas

When the paintwork is yellowing, and the wallpaper is peeling, your precious home can quickly start looking tired and uninspiring. But with redecorating being so time-consuming and expensive, it’s easy to want to put it off. However, if you’re fed up with the four walls you’re looking at and are ready to make a change, there are things you can do that are budget friendly and make all the difference. Here are some home decor ideas to consider when you don’t have a tonne of cash in the bank.
Make Your Own Cushions and Curtains

Lined curtains can be incredibly expensive, especially if you have larger windows and want nice material. Ready made pairs certainly don’t come cheap, plus you’re often limited on patterns and colours. Making your own is a far better option, if you have a sewing machine in the cupboard now is the time to dust it off! Best of all you can use the same fabric to make cushion covers or even to cover the seating pads on dining room chairs for a cute, matching look. One tip for choosing fabric, if you have busy or patterned wallpaper choose plain fabric. If you have very plain walls and decor you can have fun with pattern. That way it helps to keep the room looking balanced and prevents it from being too overwhelming. If you choose a neutral shade, your curtains will go with any decor changes over the years. If you want to order online, sites like www.onlinecurtainfabrics.com have fabric samples available, so you can get a good look and feel of the material in person before making a purchase. 

Upcycle Some Furniture

Wooden furniture has a VERY long life, there’s no reason at all for solid wood pieces to end up discarded. However, they often end up in junk shops, on Craigslist and being given away on Facebook groups because cosmetically they look a little worse for wear or outdated. However, if furniture is still in good condition (it doesn't have any rot, pests or water damage) it’s so easy to give it a new lease of life. This article http://www.homebase.co.uk gives you a rundown of the tools you need to complete a basic project, there are also plenty of tutorials on Youtube too. Even a simple coat of white paint and some new handles can give you a beautiful piece of furniture and will cost you next to nothing. There are all kinds of effects and paints you could try out if you’re the crafty type. 

Find Bargain Home Accessories

A couple of photo frames, a wall plaque, some faux flowers and some sweet ornaments can be the difference between a house that looks stark and unloved to one that looks cosy and homely. Best of all, these things don’t have to be expensive. Shops like Ikea, TK Maxx, even pound shops have little homey accessories that you can pick up for next to nothing. The perfect way to add a splash of colour or a little personality to your room. Online, sites like Amazon and eBay are also good to scour, keep an eye out for things that really grab your attention and help to reflect you and your personality.
Do you have any tips for decorating on a budget?

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