When it comes to improving your home, the reality is that the cost is often one of the biggest factors that will drive your decision making. Before you start any kind of renovation project, it’s absolutely vital that you sit down and take a careful look at your finances, so you know exactly what you’re dealing with and you can really consider how to make your cash go further.
If money is tight at the moment, it doesn’t mean that you can’t start improving your home. You just need to get a little more creative and ensure that you’re getting the biggest possible bang for your buck. Here are my best tips for home improvements on a shoestring budget…
Refresh your rooms with a lick of paint
A tin of paint costs hardly anything, and it can really refresh your home. You could choose a bold colour and create a feature wall in your main living space, or you could simply make things look a little cleaner and fresher by using a tin that you already have sitting around in the garage. This is a great way to tap into the latest colour trends without blowing your budget.
Look for second hand bargains
You can save yourself a small fortune by buying second hand. You could head to local charity shops, scour the car boot sales, or even do a little shopping without leaving the comfort of your own home by searching for homeware bargains on eBay. I particularly love searching for unique and one-of-a-kind vintage items. They can create great talking points, and they often turn out to be your most treasured items.
Add some new soft furnishings
Whichever way you look at it, a big purchase like a new sofa or a new bed is probably going to involve making a fairly significant investment. It’s very possible to upgrade your home with some new soft furnishings though, and spend much less in the process. Consider adding a chunky knitted throw, some fluffy cushions, or a statement rug.
Get creative with upcycling
Upcycling is a great option for improving your home on a budget, because you’ll be using items that you already own. You could paint your kitchen table with chalk paint, and add some stencil designs. You could add a shabby chic feel to your bookshelf. The options here are limitless, and it’s all about getting creative and putting your own stamp on things. If you need some inspiration to get you started, you’ll find it in bucketloads over on Pinterest.
Improving your home on a budget is very possible, and you definitely don’t have to spend a fortune to create a space that you love coming home to at the end of a long day.
Do you have any extra tips or hacks to share that have worked for you? Leave a comment below and let me know about them!