If you're longing to get decorating but need to save up, don't despair! With these few simple tricks your home is in for a transformation treat, and all for under a fiver.
The home is where the heart is and it’s the centre of our family lives. We all want our homes to be as beautiful as possible but on a budget that can get a bit tricky! if you’ve been waiting for a while to redecorate but can’t afford to do a total makeover, take a look at these tips to make the most of your living space and transform your house at a very small cost.
Who says fairy lights are just for Christmas? We love these flower shaped ones available on Amazon for £4.95 – perfect for a golden summery glow. Fairy lights give a special touch to any family living room.
Adding a spot of colour around the room can instantly transform it. A colourful lamp could be just what you need to make a plain room perfect for kids who love bright colours. Pick one of these coloured lamps for just £4 from Ikea.
For something a little different without going over-budget, take a look at this lantern for £5 from Tesco. Pop a candle in the middle and hang inside or outside, whatever you fancy.
If you’d like to add some unique decoration to your home, try painting some of your old glasses or vases. Glass paint can be bought for a reasonable price – like this set of 4 colours for £4.19 from Amazon, and if you love being creative it’s a great way to leave your artistic mark.
Bring the refreshing feel of the outdoors into your home with a few simple plants to liven the place up. Ikea has a range of reasonably priced potted plants, including this Tillandsia Cyanea for £3.25.
Change the whole atmosphere of your room with some simple pot pourri. Fragrant and decorative, you can’t go wrong. We like this Sandalwood Pot Pourri from John Lewis for £3.50 (reduced from £8).
Fabric pens can be used on so many things around your home to make them that little bit more colourful. Invest in some fabric pens to redecorate plain white lampshades or cushions to really make them sstand out. This packcosts just £4.35 from Amazon.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on artwork to add a more sophisticated, artistic touch to your living room. There are so many affordable posters to choose from that would look fabulous in a frame. We like this one for £5 from Ikea.
We’ve all taken a few photos that bring back happy memories and make us smile. Whether they’re of the sunset, the sea or your family, make the most of your favourite snapshots and frame them. This frame for just £3.50 from Debenhams is a nice choice.
If you’d like to add a feminine touch to your home, buy some artificial flowers and arrange them yourself – that way no-one else will have any quite the same. Start with these artificial silk carnations for just £2.40 from Amazon.
If you’re happy with your current furniture but want to jazz the room up just a little, take a look at these colourful decorations from Ikea that you can sew on to cushions and throws for just £3.
Family photographs around the home show off how proud you are of your nearest and dearest. Invest in a notice board, like this £4.99 one from Ryman, where you can pin lots of family photos along with notes and drawings and share your happy memories anyone who pops round.
Bored of your plain old sofa but can’t afford a new one? Decorative cushions easily add a spot of colour. Give a sophisticated feel with stylish, plain block colours, or give a quirky, artistic touch by choosing mismatched patterns. We like this one for just £4 from Ikea.
If your settees are getting old and worn, you don’t need to put up with them just because you’re on a budget! A throw can cover up wear and tear and keep a sofa looking stylish for longer. We love this bargain from Argos – just £4.99, reduced from £12.74.
Transform any simple dining room table into one that looks set for a dinner party with a stylish table runner. This one costs just £2.99 from Dunelm Mill and you can choose from 4 different colours.
If your carpet is old and stained from messy kids, you don’t need to fork out for a whole new one just yet! Cover it up with a cheap, brightly coloured rug like this £5 one from Ikea – then if muddy feet stomp on it you can just pop it in the washing machine.
We don’t often think about how our tea towels look, but by choosing a patterned design you might be able to liven up your kitchen a little and make your time stuck with the washing up less dull. This pack of 4 is a bargain at £3 from Asda.
Neaten up your bathroom bits with these handmade storage pots for keeping those loose ends in place. You’ll be surprised how much more space you’re left with, and you’ll get all 3 for £4.50 from Ikea.
If you’re at all artistic or creative, your own cross stitch in a frame can add a lovely personal touch to your home. Hobbycraft has a great selection of patterns starting from just £1.29.
If you’re bored of your bed, you don’t need to splash out on a whole new duvet set. If you shop around you’ll find beautifully simple, stylish bedspreads available for a fiver, like this one from Ikea.
Add a special glow to your home with coloured lightbulbs. These pink ones add a soft warming touch to any room, and are perfect for making little girls’ bedrooms feel more magical. Get yours for £4.99 from Amazon.
Make the most of your kids’ artwork and show how proud you are of them by using it to decorate your kitchen and bedrooms. This is one of the most simple ways to brighten up your home and your kids will love seeing their art on display. If you’re worried about ruining the paintwork on the walls, use magnets to hold it onto the fridge instead. You could even get creative as a family and frame one giant picture that you have all drawn and painted together. It’s the perfect project for a wet weekend in, and if you draw one another it’s great for a few giggles too.
Kids love bright colours and patterns. These 3D window decorations are perfect for helping little girls to decorate their rooms the way they want to. They can even help stick them on themselves without you having to worry about the mess! Grab a pack for just £3.99 at Amazon.
Candlelight can be homely, romantic and soothing, but if you keep buying expensive candles you’ll be spending far more than you need to. Try putting cheap-as-chips tea lights in jam jars to create a soft warm glow for a fraction of the price. Get 50 for just £1.50 from John Lewis. Bargain!
If your walls need livening up but you can’t afford to redecorate, use stencils and any paint you’ve got leftover from previous redecorations to add in a little artistic flair. Stencils don’t have to be expensive but if you’re particularly artistic try designing and making your own. Alternatively, try these one from Amazon for just £4.99.
You won’t believe it until you’ve tried it, but rearranging the furniture can give a whole new look to any room. Try to make the most of the space you have, no matter how limited this might be. Plus, it’s completely free!