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32 thrifty ways you can improve your home on a budget

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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If you're anything like us, even when you've finished decorating your house completely, you'll still be tempted to tweak and look for ways to upgrade. We're just never totally happy!

In a bid to help you combat your need to keep adding, altering and accessorising, we've taken inspiration from some of the incredible interior designers out there and found some brilliant yet cost-effective ways to add a little freshness to your home design.

From kitchens to bedrooms and every room in between, we've found some fantastic ideas, so prepare to be blown away by these brilliant budget hacks!

1. Replace lots of chairs

With a single bench for a minimalist feel.

2. Revamping an entire kitchen is an expensive endeavour

 Kitchen by Parisdinterieur

Cuisine bleu acier vintage carreaux de ciment


But simply replacing the tiles is easy and cheap!

3. ​The right wall decals in the right space

Can add bags of charm and are definitely one of the best low-cost décor ideas.

4. A can of paint in a vibrant colour

Ta-da, a feature wall!

5. Look for funky shelf alternatives that make a big statement

Floating shelves provide so many possibilities in terms of aesthetic style.

6. Unusual lighting or fun string lights

Will perk up any space!

7. Display vintage and eclectic items on the wall

Acquire some new wall art or change the frames of your current family photos for a different look.

8. Adding wood to your bathroom

Gives it a high-end, spa-like feel.

9. Pallet furniture is cheap and easy to make

 Living room by G7 Grupo Creativo
G7 Grupo Creativo


G7 Grupo Creativo

But looks brilliant!

10. Mix and match your dining chairs

For a more relaxed vibe.

11. Hang something unique above your bed

Whether it’s a paper cut-out, wall decals or photographs you like.

12. An exposed brick wall is a design must have

But removing plaster is hard work so roll up your sleeves!

13. Add playful touches

 Bedroom by Bloomint design
Bloomint design


Bloomint design

Such as a swing! It’s different, it’s unique and it can add an element of fun to your room.

14. ​Opt for classy stickers

Such as updating your kitchen backsplash.

15. Chalkboard paint is very trendy at the moment

And is really useful on your kitchen wall!

16. Bunting looks super cute

 Teen bedroom by Estación Ortiz
Estación Ortiz

Playroom Vintage

Estación Ortiz

And you can make it yourself in an afternoon.

17. Add a rail to your kitchen for hand utensils and pans

Industrial chic never looked so good.

18. Large potted plants

 Living room by Levenssfeer

Lushful plants


Will totally change the feel of a room and draw attention.

19. Old maps are fascinating

Especially when used as wall art or even wallpaper.

20. Statement wallpaper

Lily Pond:  Walls by Rebel Walls
Rebel Walls

Lily Pond

Rebel Walls

Is hard to beat for time invested vs. impact made.

21. Fix up old furniture rather than buying new

A coat of paint will freshen it up no end.

22. Wall art is a simple and effective way to give a room new focus

Shoaling Fish:  Bathroom by Jo Downs
Jo Downs

Shoaling Fish

Jo Downs

Flaunt your painting skills!

23. ​A coat hanger in your hallway adds both style and functionality

No more tripping over handbags and coats.

24. Style up that bathroom mirror

With a chic new frame.

25. Don't forget to give your patio a little love!

 Terrace by decoraCCion

Vive la terraza. Foto: Patricia Gallego para Mí Casa. HEARST magazines I España.


You could make furniture from pallets for a really cost-effective transformation.

26. A little statement furniture will go a long way

We love hanging egg chairs!

27. Ditch the wallpaper and paint a wall mural

 Bedroom by Zuritagordian

Vieil olivier


They’re not just for children’s rooms!

28. Perhaps it's time to create a unique wall clock?

Make your own!

29. A living wall installation will elevate any room

Perfect for those of you without a garden.

30. Add a personal touch with DIY ornaments

Finally get around to attempting some origami!

31. Pretty storage boxes look great

And help to hide away all your clutter.

32. Nothing ties a room together like a huge rug

The more colourful, the better!

For more budget tips and tricks, take a look at this Ideabook: 18 Secrets Your Plumber Won't Tell You For Free!

Did any of these budget ideas fire up your imagination?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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