If you’re looking for low cost ways to give your home a makeover, look no further! It needn’t cost you a fortune to create a new concept or update an outdated room, what you will need is time, patience and the ability to bargain. Whether you’re looking to restyle or completely start over, there will be a helpful hint for everyone!
The first item on the agenda should be a plan, ask yourself what you would like to achieve, this might be anything from creating clever storage to achieving an elegant space for entertaining. What will you need to make that happen and how can you cut the costs? Get inspiration on budget makeovers for rooms and furniture from magazines, or grab a book or two online for less from discount sites such as Groupon.
Simply by planning you will save yourself from expensive mistakes and spontaneous purchases. Before you go out shopping ask around to see if anyone has what you’re looking for to give away or sell, especially if it’s a simple item like a bookshelf.
Okay, so we’d all like to shop in department stores every time we want something new, the reality is that when you’re looking to create a whole new design scheme, it would prove highly expensive. Shop around for the items you want, try online marketplaces where second hand items are available. Compare shops or even advertise what you’re looking for.
If you’re shopping in one of the big high street stores, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount on high ticket items, some shops price match too. Or, be patient and wait for the end of season sales, let’s face it, how many times have you seen a recent purchase marked down in the sale?
Enjoy a day trawling the charity shops, if there’s something in particular you’re after, why not leave your contact details in case it comes in. Second-hand shops are fantastic if you’re looking for vintage items like ornate mirrors, feature chairs and accessories.
If your existing furniture is still functional, give it a well-deserved face-lift and paint it! Re-stain wood using a different finish, try contrasting paint colours or give metallic spray paint a go. Sofas and chairs can be re-covered professionally, or you could watch a tutorial and have a go yourself. Don’t underestimate the impact a throw and some new cushions can make to a tired sofa.
Try switching items between your rooms, you’ll be amazed to find how interchangeable rugs, mirrors and furniture can be. If you still want to go shopping, check out the home departments in your local supermarket first. They are always on trend and priced incredibly well.