Home is where the heart is, as they say. House, flat, bungalow, or apartment, the place you go to at the end of each day should be where you feel most relaxed and at ease. You want the décor to be a reflection of your personality – to make your property feel like it’s uniquely yours. 

But sometimes the aesthetic you desire and the budget you have just don’t tally. No matter how frequently you design mood boards and save ideas to your Pinterest, you can’t find the cash you need to create that look in your home.    

Don’t despair! When money is limited but a makeover is necessary, there are a few easy ways to improve your property without breaking the bank. Here are three ideas to inspire you.  

Refresh your rooms with paint 

You may feel like paint is just a background feature, but it actually has a huge impact on your interior styling. Drab, dull paintwork can really pull a room down, but a fresh coat and a new colour can lift it right back up. While white and cream always work, don’t be afraid to experiment with something different. Pastels create a pretty, pared-back look for those who prefer not to go OTT, while bright, bold shades can work well in bigger rooms, especially if you want to create a sense of grandiosity. Have a look online to see what sort of palette appeals to you, pick up plenty of swatches and samples to experiment with, and you can transform your entire aesthetic in no time at all and with a minimal outlay.    

Rip up your old carpets and replace them with a budget-friendly alternative 

Like tired paintwork, old, worn carpets create a dilapidated and unloved aesthetic. If you’ve noticed that yours are looking a little worse for wear, it might be time to replace them, and you have a number of options available to you. Firstly, you could look at contacting some cheap carpeting companies. A quick ring around should be enough to furnish you with some quotes, so you know whether there’s anything about to suit your budget. 

If your money won’t stretch that far, consider laminate instead. You can often source this cheaply, and it tends to be a little more long-lasting than carpets, which are more apt to staining and fading. Watch some tutorials online to see if you’re capable of installing it yourself, and if not, get in touch with a few professional fitters to see how much they charge. Ringing around may deliver some pleasant surprises, but do remember that price isn’t everything: you also need someone who’s reputable, experienced, and who has appropriate contractor insurance in place to protect you against any mishaps.     

Increase your home’s curb appeal 

Last but not least, cast your eye outdoors. Although first impressions aren’t the be all and end all, they do impact our view of things, so make your home somewhere you want to return to at the end of each day. You can begin by adding a fresh coat of paint to your doors and window frames. Choose a color that really appeals to you, no matter how bright or out there, and go to town with it. If you have flowerbeds, add some new blooms, and if you don’t, invest in some flowerpots and hanging baskets instead. The more greenery you add, the happier it will make you feel when you pull up outside. 

Which of these ideas will you try first? 

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