Updating your home while staying within your budget

Everyone likes to think that they could easily update and modernise their home, but most people under-estimate the time and cost of doing this for every room. There are however some clever ways and means of giving your home a new look while keeping to a budget.

Which rooms do you plan to update?

Some areas of the home lend themselves to being updated and with some clever tricks and know-how, they can be modernised for a relatively modest amount of money. Updating soft furnishings in bedrooms and living rooms is an easy and fairly inexpensive way to make these rooms look like they have had a dramatic makeover. If your walls are neutral in colour then this makes it even easier to achieve as you will not have to worry as much about co-ordinating with wall colours and wallpapers.

When most people think of updating kitchens, replacing it all is what immediately springs to mind, however there are some less drastic things you can do to update this area of your home. New worktops and tiles are one possibility but for something even less time-consuming, try replacing cupboard and drawer handles or even giving the cupboards and drawers a coat of paint. If you plan to turn a room in your home into a home office then it is worth spending some of your budget on furniture that is practical as well as stylish. Nobody wants to have furniture at work complaints, particularly if the furniture is in your own home, so it is worth investing in some decent items that will make you feel professional while still fitting the style and decor of your home.

When buying furniture research is vital

If you are planning to update the look of your home with a new piece of furniture as opposed to re-decorating then it is important to make sure you do plenty of research so you are sure you are paying the best price and getting good value for money. Additionally, it is important to make sure that any piece of furniture you purchase goes with the current ‘look’ of your home. As with clothes, investment in that one ‘classic’ item that will go with your decor, however often you change it, is a far more sensible option than trying to furnish an entire room in the latest trends. Alternatively, try purchasing items ‘in the style of’ rather than going all out for a specific trend.

Great ways to save money on furniture

If you are looking for great furniture but do not want to pay a fortune then the internet is a great place to start. As well as discount furniture retailers, internet auction sites also have some bargains if you are happy to have items that have been ‘pre-loved’. Alternatively, designer showrooms and auction houses are also great places to pick up some furniture bargains.

This should have provided you with some practical ideas and solutions to home makeover issues and proved that you do not have to spend a lot of money to make it look like you have!


Mary Yohanan writes regularly on home and lifestyle issues for a range of lifestyle websites and blogs. This includes writing about lifestyle issues, furniture and furniture at work complaints.

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