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You don’t have to break the bank to make your home feel brand new

2019-09-11

When you're feeling tired of your current home decor but don't have much to spend, you can find yourself in a frustrating situation. Luckily, with a bit of hard work and imagination, sprucing up your home doesn't need to cost a fortune.

Just because you can't afford a full kitchen refit or hire a professional decorator, you don't need to give up on a revamp. We have a range of home decor tips that will make your home look Pinterest-worthy without leaving your bank balance in the red.

1. Small touches make a big difference

It's easy to go overboard when you begin redecorating and to feel like you need to replace all your furniture, fixtures, and fittings; however, adding small touches to a room can change it more than you'd think.

In the living room: A sofa is often the centerpiece of any living room, but a brand new replacement is overly expensive. Also, since this is a room that often gets a lot of traffic, the floors might be worse for the wear — but redoing these is a major project. Here are some simple fixes to upgrade your living room without the need for a total overhaul.

In the bedroom: You can always upgrade your bedding for a cheap bedroom makeover, or you might add accents like drapes or new lighting for an easy way to class up the space.

In the kitchen: If you're on a tight budget, redoing your kitchen is out, but you could always paint old cabinets or add new hardware to spruce them up. You'll be surprised at how drastically this can change the feel of the entire space.

In the bathroom: Bathrooms are usually compact, but there are still many opportunities for small upgrades that can make a significant difference.

2. Add a fresh coat

Giving a room a sharp new look without overspending can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint. The obvious option is to repaint all four walls a new shade and redefine the whole space. Alternatively, in a room painted in white or cream, you might opt to add a single accent wall in a bold color, which is easier and means you'll spend less on paint.

Wallpaper is trendy right now but can be expensive — not to mention the cost of getting someone to put it up if you aren't confident you can do it yourself. A cheaper alternative is to use stencils to paint designs on your wall instead, which allows you to totally personalize the space while staying comfortably within budget.

3. Work with what you've got

Think about what you already own — you might have more to work with than you realise. If you like the look of painted furniture, this is a great way to revitalize old pieces that you'd otherwise throw out or that have been lurking in your garage for years.

Lauren Corona is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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