4 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh Your Decor

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When we found out my wife was pregnant, we decided that she would give up work for a while and become a stay-at-home mum. While we could afford to do this, it did mean that we had to keep a close eye on our spending. Our first job was to furnish our baby’s room on a budget. Luckily, we have a few friends who’ve done the same thing and they were an invaluable source of tips and advice. For example, we learned when it’s safe to buy furniture second-hand and when you really need to buy new; we also got some tips on renovating furniture and sourcing stuff for the room more cheaply. This saved us a bundle of cash and I thought other parents might find this kind of information useful.

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4 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh Your Decor

12 December 2016
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Especially if you're the kind of homeowner who likes to follow trends and keep your home design up to date, decorating can be an expensive business. In our efforts to keep our homes looking fresh and continue to enjoy the spaces we live in, it can be tempting to make big, costly changes that really take a chunk out of our budgets. However, it's entirely possible to refresh the look of a room without completely replacing everything in it. It's just about being strategic and making small, impactful changes. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Reupholster Furniture

This can be done one of two ways. Firstly, you can have your current furniture recovered with a different fabric or can find some inexpensive second-hand furniture and have it completely reupholstered for a brand-new look and feel. Experiment with different materials as well as different colours. For example, why not upholster your chair in leather? The options are endless. Whether you redo your current furniture or make custom adjustments to some second-hand pieces, this is a much more affordable way of changing things up.

Paint One Wall

Statement walls are all the rage, and since you only need to repaint one wall, this can also be a totally reasonable way to pick your room up. While many statement walls are done in bright, bold colours, you can also achieve an interesting effect with more neutral colours. Play around with some different swatches and see what you like. Still, don't be afraid to experiment. After all, if you don't like it, you can always repaint it another colour. You've still only effectively painted two walls.

Rearrange Your Wall Decor

Even if you just swap the contents of one wall to the other, you can really change up the feel of your room. For example, moving a mirror from one wall to another can really change the way the light reflects in the room and create a completely different space. However, you could also just change the contents of your walls. You can purchase inexpensive prints of various kinds online, whether you're into modern art, classic photographs or film posters. Failing that, switch your photo frames. A statement-colour photo frame can really light up a wall.  

Update Your Light Fittings

Just switching from one inexpensive shade to another can make a big impact on the way light falls in your room. If you don't want to buy a new one, check online for crafting tutorials. Especially if you're starting with something plain and simple, there are likely to be a whole variety of ways you can adjust things to achieve a whole new look.

Especially if the colours in your room are fairly neutral, you'd be surprised what a big effect even just these small changes can make on your room's appearance. The brighter, newer colours will draw the eye away from the existing textures that haven't changed, and you'll feel like you're in a completely redecorated room. Perfect!