How to Refresh Your Home on a Budget
Interior design is an intimidating feat, but also a really fun one. However, it doesn’t need to be intimidating. You can refresh your home with the simplest of changes, or investments. Even if you’re in a rental.
Whether you paint an entire room, an accent wall or simply touch up the paint on the walls, painting is a great way to refresh your home. My rental is currently all Magnolia, i.e. the standard beige of London. I have plans to paint my walls white – a blank canvas – before creating a few accent walls using sage greens, blues and pinks. In the meantime, I’m touching up the white paint of the baseboards and filling in unsightly holes.
Create a gallery wall. I’m very happy with my gallery wall in the living room, and the fact that there is a room for it to expand. It’s the first thing people comment on when I go on a video call, as my desk is right in front of it. It’s perfect decor and it tells people a lot about me and my lifestyle.
Channel you inner child and move your furniture around. From putting your bed on the opposite wall, to changing the positioning of items on a shelf. Moving a few things around can make a whole room feel brand new.
Decor on shelves
If you have any shelves – wall shelves or bookshelves – make sure you add some decor to them. As much as they’re functional and there to house books, filing systems or other items make sure to add the occasional plant, photo frame, decor item or even just a book on a display. It draws the eye and makes a room more homey.
Add a rug. And not just any rug, but a giant rug! We tend to buy smaller rugs for rooms because they’re cheaper. But when you splurge on a larger rug it can refresh a room entirely. It adds texture, warmth and decor. One splurge on one item, or spend money on loads. You do the math.
An easy change is updating your curtains. Find a new pattern or length, or maybe try a different material like velvet or lace rather than standard satin, to change it up. Curtains frame your room, so make sure that they’re a pretty frame. They’re also super affordable.
What changes would you suggest? Let me know in the comments below.