Are budget-friendly ideas important to you when you feel your home needs a little sprucing up? Well, you are not alone.

We tend to re-decorate some of the rooms in our house between every 5 and 10 years. Living in the same surroundings year after year can become stale after a while. This is especially common if your decor is trend-specific. Even if you’re planning on selling your house, it’s still worth considering giving it a bit of a makeover. This will make it more appealing to buyers who want to avoid having a huge project on their hands, and you may make more money from it too. With budget-friendly ideas, it’s even easier to bring your faded home into the 21st century.mic.

Even if you’re planning on selling your house, it’s still worth considering giving it a bit of a makeover. This will make it more appealing to buyers who want to avoid having a huge project on their hands, and you may make more money from it too. With budget-friendly ideas, it’s even easier to bring your faded home into the 21st century.mic.

Budget-Friendly Ideas : Lighting

Lighting can be a relatively inexpensive way to change both the look and ambience of your home. Think about your current décor and what would compliment it whilst still being innovative and modern.

If you have a large, open-plan house or apartment, industrial-style bulbs could be perfect for you. Minimalist style bulbs on a copper chain or pipe look great in minimalist style home. Plus, the industrial look is very fashionable right now. Or try coloured bulbs for a great feature and talking point. Beware of following trends too religiously though, especially if you’re selling your home within the next five years. Trends only last for so long!

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Budget-Friendly Ideas : Re-modelling

If your budget is set a little higher, remodelling your home is a great way of giving it a new lease of life. In fact, it can completely transform your home. This is a great option if you are having problems with the layout of your property (rooms too small, etc) but don’t want the hassle of moving to a new house.

A lack of space is a common complaint amongst homeowners. Alternatively, you can now get some mortgages which include funds for home improvement. So if you’ve seen the property of your dreams but it needs a lot of work doing to it, you don’t need to worry!

Budget-Friendly Ideas : Art & Walls

It sounds like the most obvious option, but often the easiest and cheapest way to update your home is giving it a good lick of paint. Generally, paler colours tend to make a room look larger and airier, whilst darker colours tend to make a room look smaller and cosier.

Consider different types of paint for your wall to get your desired effect. Matte paint is the most common option for interior walls. Matte enamel is very similar but is known for being significantly more durable (good if you have kids). You can now also buy paint which gives your walls a textured effect, such as stone or wood. This is an effective and cheap way of providing a rustic look to your home without having to knock anything down.

Art can also be a great way to give your rooms a new lease of life. Floor to ceiling art can result in an eye-grabbing feature wall whilst smaller pictures dotted around can transform an otherwise dull space.

There are plenty of great ideas here on Don’t Call Me Penny so if you’re looking for ways to use paint, great storage solutions, or quirky room inspiration you’ll find plenty to love.

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