If you are hoping to change up the look and feel of your home to achieve a fresh start, then you have come to the right place. With the start of the new year just behind us, now is the perfect time for a fresh start. Whatever it is about your home that you are not keen on, now is the time to change it.
Obviously, if you are on a tight budget, you may be worrying that you can’t really afford to do up your home and feel trapped because you desperately want to revamp the space. The good news is that your budget doesn’t have to hold you back. Believe it or not, doing up your home doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s just a case of being smart about how you go about it, that’s all.
With that in mind, below are some useful hacks for breathing new life into your humble abode when on a budget, and transforming it into a different space. Have a read, take note, and implement the below tips to give your home that new look and feel you’ve been dreaming of.
If when you look around your hallway, you aren’t happy with what you see, it’s time to make some changes. Often, hallways get overlooked as they’re not really a room, they’re more of an in-between space. Even so, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be spaces that we’re proud of – just like the rest of your home, your hallway should be a space that you love.
The first step to revamping your hallway is to look at it objectively and decide where that main issues lay. Is it that the flooring is old and stained? Is the issue the walls and how grimy they have become? Or, is it simply the lack of style? To give your hallway a revamp, make a list of the things that you dislike and find ways to change them.
Take the flooring, for instance, if you have carpet, consider swapping this for affordable wood effect lino. It’s cheap, easy to fit, and is long-lasting, plus it will look a lot better than carpet and will stand the test of time. If the walls are stained, consider using a mild soap and water to wash them down – this can work incredibly well and can create a just-painted look. Simple things like adding an eye-catching piece of wall art, a pretty mirror, or even a plant in a pretty pot can be all it takes to transform a hallway. For ideas and inspiration, go online and have a browse to see how others have changed up their hallways.
When you enter your living room do you feel calm and relaxed or do you stress about the state of the space? If it’s the latter, then it’s important that you take some time to think about what it is about the room that you don’t like, so that you are able to make some updates to the space. Is it the style of the decor? Is it the furniture? Do you dislike the accessories that are in place? Whatever the issue is, you need to find a way to update the space.
It’s a good idea to first take into account whether the room is cluttered or not. If your living room is packed full of mess, you need to start by decluttering and aiming to become more of a minimalist – this advice applies to your whole home. There’s nothing that makes a space look worse that clutter everywhere, so take the time to have a sort out, get rid of any junk, and find a way keep your lounge tidier.
To breathe new life into your lounge, why not add an accent wall? Pick a piece of patterned wallpaper that matches the colour scheme that is already in place – you will be amazed at how much difference this will make. Adding a large mirror to one wall is also worth doing, as this will help to make the space look and feel lighter. Or, how about swapping out the hardware? Add new lampshades and table lamps, switch up the old door knobs and furniture handles for new ones – it will make a big difference.
To give your kitchen a new look and feel without breaking the bank, you will need to get creative. The first thing that you need to do is write a list of the things that you would like to change. The next step is to take the time to get some ideas and inspiration. Then, once you’ve done this, you should then begin planning what updates to make.
A simple way to upgrade your kitchen without too much time and effort is to paint the cabinets. If you’ve got wooden cabinets, you can use a chalk paint to create a beautiful shabby chic effect, or if you would prefer a different look, varnish could be a good option. If the walls are grimey, consider repainting them or giving them a clean – this can make a big difference to the look and feel of the space.
How about adding some accessories to your kitchen to help change up the space? A lot of people make the mistake of failing to accessorise their kitchens like they would other areas of the home, but believe it or not, a few accessories can be all it takes to breathe new life into your kitchen. Think rugs, printed curtains, patterned tablecloths, coffee coasters, wall art, and chair cushions with pretty patterns on.
Is your bathroom old and outdated? Do you hate the way it looks? Then how about taking the time to change it up a little? Don’t make the mistake of thinking that it has to be expensive, because that’s not true – you can easily update any space on a tight budget. It’s just a case of being willing to think outside of the box and get creative.
Start by changing up the hardware. If you are unhappy with the basin taps, shower head, or bath taps, swap them for a different design and style. If there are any door knobs or handles that look old or outdated, these could also be upgraded. You could also consider repainting the space in a neutral shade – neutral paint tends to be cheaper than coloured paint so this could work well. Or, how about creating an accent wall with a bright colour or piece of wallpaper? You would need to use bathroom-friendly wallpaper, of course.
As for the accessories, swap out your old soap dish, candles, and any other ornaments for new ones. Pick a theme that works with the colour and style of the space and use your accessories to showcase it. For example, rose gold decor is very in right now, perhaps you could pick pieces in rose gold – aka copper, to add to your bathroom? You can pick up some fantastically cheap bathroom sets that include a soap dish, soap dispenser, and shower caddy all for a low price, so don’t let your budget hold you back.
Are the bedrooms in your home a little dull? Have they been decorated in the same way for years and now you and your family are bored of them? If so, there’s no need to panic as there are plenty of ways that you can change up the look of your bedrooms. You just need a little inspiration; that’s all.
To breathe new life into your home’s bedrooms, start by changing up the theme. To do this, swap out the accessories and bed linen for new ones – pick a colour scheme and stick to it. You may also need to paint the walls, or if they are neutral, you may be able to leave them as they are. It’s just a case of working out what it will take to change up the space and what your budget will allow for, that’s all.
A great way to make a big difference to the look of any room is to paint the furniture – it can make a huge difference. If the furniture in your bedrooms is wood, consider using chalk paint to transform it. Or, if it’s metal or plastic, perhaps spray paint could be the answer. It could also be worth adding a few rugs to each room, to change up the look of the flooring a little. Believe it or not, these types of updates don’t have to be expensive, it’s just a case of being smart about where you shop and how you go about making these changes.
There you have it, all the best hacks and ideas for transforming your humble abode without breaking the bank. Take note of the tips and suggestions above, and you can update your home without having to spend too much to do it. These might only be small updates but they really can make a big difference, so give them a try and see what you think.