Want to spruce up your home, but don't have a big budget? Don't give up. There are plenty of ways to make a stunning homeover without putting too much pressure on your wallet. Let's look at our 7 top tips for budget home makeovers.
1) Create a gallery wall
A great way to brighten up a boring room is with a gallery wall. This doesn't have to cost a lot - you can use posters, your own artwork, thrifted paintings, mirrors, scarves, and other decorative items. All your need are good art hanging systems and you can instantly transform a wall into an exciting and inspiring gallery wall.
2) Get more light into your home
Sometimes all your need is more light. Natural light is best at improving mood and stop problems like insomnia, so see if you can get more light in through your windows. Take down any dusty blinds and replace them with light net curtains, make sure none of your windows are blocked and give the windows a good scrub to maximize all that sunlight. If you can't get any more natural light, try switching to daylight imitation bulbs or adding more lamps to brighten up your home.
3) Add some houseplants
If you want to brighten up your home, plants might be ideal. There are a lot of benefits of indoor plants and they can make a room look completely refreshed. While there are a lot of expensive and rare houseplant types out there, there are also plenty of budget-friendly plants that don't take much specialist care, so you can improve your home cheaply.
4) Get end-of-stock paint tins
Refreshing your wall paint can do a lot to improve how your home looks. Wall paint can flake or get marked, so a fresh coat is a great idea. However, paint can be pricey. One way to combat this is to get end-of-stock tins. These are where shops only have a couple of tins left when a color is discontinued, so they sell the remaining tins at a lower price. You might not find enough paint for a whole room, let alone your whole house, but you can work around this. Paint rooms in different colors, have different color themes and look at painting feature walls a different color to make the paint go further.
5) Look for second-hand furniture
If you want to change up your furniture, don't ignore the second-hand markets. There are plenty of bargains to be had. It might take a bit of hunting, but you can find pieces that are ideal for your home. Most secondhand furniture is completely safe, but it's worth checking soft furnishings for infestations and wooden furniture for woodworm. Once you know what to look for, you'll be able to find a lot of great secondhand bargains. If you find a piece that isn't quite your style, consider reupholstering it or repainting it. If you pick chalk paint, you can easily turn wooden furniture into any color to match your color scheme.
6) Use reclaimed wood to make your own furniture
It's always worth keeping an eye out for reclaimed wood. This is wood that has been used for something else previously, but can be reused. There's a big market for reclaimed nautical wood, but you can get cheaper wood, too. Whether you're ripping apart pallets or dismantling damaged bookshelves, you can get plenty of wood to make furniture. If you're crafty, you can make your own benches or dining table. If you get some good quality outdoor varnish you can make your own garden or patio furniture. This can be a huge saving over buying a new patio set.
7) Repurpose old clothes as decorations
Do you love buying new clothes and staying up-to-date with fashion? If you've got a lot of unused and unloved clothes sitting at the bottom of your wardrobe, repurpose these to spruce up your house. Scarves are easily turned into wall hangings or added to your gallery wall, especially square scarves with nice patterns. You can also turn old dresses into cushion covers or make new placemats from unworn trousers. With enough fabric pieces you can make your own quilts and throws to brighten up your sofa and bed. All you need is a needle and thread to make almost anything.
These 7 simple tips should show the one most important thing for a cheap homeover — be creative. With a little bit of inspiration, you can refresh any house with a low budget. Ditch the big department stores and expensive boutiques and look for more frugal ways to change how your home looks. It's not as hard as you might think.