Decorating

How To Give Your House A Makeover On The Cheap

Unless you win a competition or go on makeover show on TV, if you want to redecorate or update your house décor, it usually works out to be pretty expensive. Don’t let this put you off though because if you do little things to your house as you go along, you’ll never need to a considerable makeover. Looking after your house is essential and it will keep it feeling nice for you. You don’t always notice parts of your home looking tatty as you live in it and see it every day so things can easily get overlooked or simply put off. There are some simple things you can do to keep your costs down, but you can still give your house a new look and even a new lease of life. Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to do this:

Get Out Your Paint Brush

Start with giving your walls and doors a fresh lick of paint. You can do this yourself without having to hire anyone to do it for you and there with so much choice on the colour you can decide how much you want to spend. You could choose one colour for the whole house or go wild and paint each room a different colour. Either way, a new coat of paint instantly makes a room look cleaner and fresher. If you’re not sure on colours, there are now loads of colour matching apps available for you to download so you can see the colours that will work in your rooms before you start slapping it on the walls.

Inject Some Colour

Look through all those pictures you’ve got stored on your laptop and print and frame photos to go on your newly painted walls. An excellent idea is to put all your family photos on one wall, but before you go hammering nails in, lay them all out on the floor and work out how they will look on the wall. It also looks good if the frames don’t match, so don’t worry about that.  Also, go for some beautiful artwork too, you don’t have to spend a fortune on it as you can get some gorgeous prints for cheap or try painting your own, so you get exactly the right colours that you want.

Bring In Some Life

Add some greenery to your home by bringing in some plants. There are some beautiful indoor plants you can get which can act as feature pieces or just little ones to brighten up a corner or fireplace. Plants are also perfect for maintaining the air quality in your home, and there are several other benefits they bring to your home such as helping to reduce stress and creating a feeling of well-being as well as lowering background noise from busy roads. Choose plants which grow well indoors and don’t need too much maintenance.

Tidy Up and Declutter

As you go through your house, updating and decorating, get rid of all the clutter along the way. Go through everything, empty drawers, and cupboards and tidy each one and throw out anything you no longer need or use. Take it either to the charity shop or sell it online to make a bit of extra pocket money. When it comes to clothes, try organizing your wardrobe by season and send things you haven’t worn for a year to a charity shop.

Do It Yourself

Fix up anything small that you can do yourself along the way. If there’s something broken, fix it. If you want to update the kitchen cupboard with some new handles, then go for it. Don’t leave little cracks to get worse, do them as they appear so that your house is always in tip-top shape. This is the best way to prevent it from needing a full makeover.

Use Space Wisely

Put up shelves and hooks so that you have more storage space. There are some smart storage tips you should look at, such as using a hanging shoe organizer for your sorting out all your makeup, stashing your hair tools or storing toys. While you’re giving everywhere a makeover and chucking things out, what you do have left make sure you store it in the best way possible to save space.

Accessorize

Cushions and throws are excellent for sprucing up your living room and bedrooms. Accessories, in general, are ideal and also very versatile because you can change them depending on what mood you are in and what season it is. If you want to change the colour of your lounge, then you can just change the throws and cushions. If you’re going to change the theme of your bathroom, then get a new shower curtain, bath mat, and towels, and when it’s Christmas, you can get Christmas throws, duvet covers, towels, and cushions. You could change your house décor all year round and never get bored.

Organize Your Life At The Same Time

Make life easier for yourself, and organize your home at the same time as you update it. Buy things like chalkboards, pin boards, and shared calendars which not only look good on the walls and add something new to the place but they can also keep everyone who lives in your house informed about what’s going on each week. Organize everyone’s belongings by putting up hooks for bags and coats and get some shoe racks for underneath. Treat yourself to a beautiful plate or bowl for near the front door where you can keep keys and loose change, and a letter rack in the hall looks excellent and can be really useful.

 

You don’t have to do this all at once, and you don’t have to do it all, remember that lots of little things can make the most significant difference. These upgrades won’t take long and won’t cost much, so pick your favourites and see what life you could add to your home.

 

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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