We’re now in November and Christmas will be upon us before we know it! At a time of frenzied shopping, planning the logistics of dinner and attending a steady stream of social engagements, stress levels can run high whilst funds run low.
Hosting guests over the festive period can add to this stress, especially if your home is in need of some TLC. Here are our top ten tips for transforming your home on a budget:
- Never underestimate the power of good old elbow grease! The first step to a fresh new look is to declutter and deep clean. You’ll see your home in a whole new light and you’ll be able to identify your priorities for fixing up ahead of the holidays.
- A simple coat of paint is a great way to breathe new life into a tired room. Adding a new coat to existing colours instantly refreshes, or if you’re in the mood for a change, a bright new feature wall in a bold hue can really revive a dull space.
- One of the easiest ways to update a room is with new soft furnishings. Chucking a luxurious throw over an old sofa and scattering cushions in a range of cosy textures will give your room a whole new focal point. New bedding and lampshades can give a bedroom an instant makeover with minimum spend, whilst a new rug is a great way to hide faded or stained floors without forking out for full carpet and fitting costs.
- Scope out second-hand steals in charity shops and online. From mirrors to mug trees, photo frames to footstools, tables to towel rails, there is a wealth of unwanted homewares going for next to nothing out there. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, find the next best thing and treat it as a temporary compromise that you can sell on yourself later.
- Give old furniture a facelift. Whether your own furniture is getting worn down or you’ve snapped up a charity shop bargain, there is a huge range of tutorials out there for transforming old pieces into bespoke new ones that fit perfectly with your space. Often, it can be as simple as a lick of paint.
- A strikingly arranged gallery of artwork and photos is a great way to add big impact at a small cost. Get some of your favourite snaps, posters and postcards and hang them in a variety of frames for a fun, eclectic and purse-friendly way to display your memories.
- Replacing all of your small hardware such as light switches, socket plates and door handles seems like a small change but can make a huge difference to your home. You will be able to find new components to suit all budgets at your local hardware store.
- Whilst a whole new kitchen can be a massive expense, replacing cabinet doors or giving the existing ones a coat of paint and some new handles can make many kitchens unrecognisable. Investing in some nice jars and tins to store food and equipment in and displaying colourful mugs and bowls on open shelving is a great way to brighten things up and add interest, without the inconvenience and cost of an entire refit.
- A new bathroom can also be a costly outlay – instead, adding elements such as a bright new shower curtain, colourful bottles of bubble bath, and luxurious towels and bathmat is a cost-effective way of beautifying your bathroom. If you have ugly or dated tiles that you really can’t live with, look into painting them instead of replacing them to save money and avoid an out of action bathroom.
- Make sure it smells as good as it looks! Whether you go for classic vanilla, spicy cinnamon or bracing sea breeze, some scented candles burning away will make your home feel warm and welcoming. Incense, potpourri and air fresheners also do the job, and of course the pine-scent of your Christmas tree will keep your home smelling festive throughout the holidays.