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It has been a tough twelve months for everyone, and the constraints on our finances have not been easy, but what do you do when you desperately need to update a room in your house and just cannot afford it?

You improvise!

Updates On A Shoe String

Thanks to Pinterest and other social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, anyone can become an amateur interior designer for a fraction of the price it would normally cost.

Put your interior design skills to the test and update your space on a tight budget using these 4 easy ideas that anyone can try in their homes today.

Use Dual Purpose Furniture

One of the easiest ways to update your home’s look is to change the furniture, but if you are sticking to a budget then this might not be an option for you.

Make sure the furniture you do have is multipurpose or that it can be changed around easily depending on the needs of your room.

Things like an ottoman with storage space underneath or a modular sofa fitting the room can be both space savers and fashionable additions to boost the look of your room.

Upcycle With Other Pieces

Upcycling is a great way to breathe some fresh air into your room without spending thousands of dollars on a new piece of furniture or a makeover.

DIY coffee tables made out of old reels, suitcases, or even the inside of washing machine drums are always popular choices, and there are websites dedicated to thousands of different ideas to get you started in the wonderful world of upcycling.

Go Bold With a Feature Color

If you have not got the money to throw at painting your whole room a fresh new shade, you can get some great effects using test pots or smaller pots and only painting one wall.

The idea of a feature wall has been around for a long time, but it is a cheap way to give your space a new look without having to shell out for all of the painting colors and accessories needed to update your entire room.

If you want to go really crazy, try some jagged patterns using masking tape and tester pots leave your wall with a mural-like piece of artwork that is a real eye-catcher.

Use One Big Thing

If you are properly strapped for cash but desperate to update the space that you have, consider buying one big thing that will really stand out and be the feature of your room.

This could easily be a large piece of artwork such as a large canvas, a really cool standing lamp that catches the eye as soon as you walk into the room, or even a luxurious area rug for the floor instead of hardwood floors or to cover a dated carpet.

Choose wisely and choose something that will make you stand back and say “wow!” when you see it in action in your room.


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