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10 April 2013

Home makeover - on a budget

If you want to give your home a bit of an overhaul but you don't have the funds to finance anything major, then small changes can go a long way to making you feel like your place is as good as new.

A lick of paint, some beautiful accessories like Julian Charles bedding, greenery and the addition of mood lighting is all it takes to make a big difference - have a look at the following suggestions for inspiration:


Paint is the most obvious way to completely alter the feel of a room. Warm colours such as oranges and pinks can help to keep the bad weather blues at bay while welcoming spring into your home.

Pastel greens and aqua marine can have a calming effect, which works well in bedrooms. If you’re not feeling daring enough to roll on the colour throughout, try splashing it onto one wall in a room to make a feature of it.


Using soft focus lamps to create mood and highlight key features - such as an alcove or fireplace - can add to a feel of relaxation and harmony.

Bright light in areas such as the kitchen and hallway is functional while yellow bulbs can add a warming feel to the areas in your home where you like to rest.


Scrimping on bedding is something you want to avoid, after all we spend such a large amount of our lives asleep or relaxing in bed.

Instead turn it into the stress-free sanctuary of your dreams by starting with the right building blocks - a set of soft sheets, a fluffy comforter with a duvet cover and high-quality pillows.

Bedding can also instantly change the look of your room and make it more inviting, but make sure it’s sumptuous rather than scratchy.


Another cost-effective way to make your home more luxurious is by adding fresh flowers. With so many varieties and species, they are a beautiful way to add colour and interest to interior and exterior spaces.

Of course, flowers are not ever-lasting so if you’d prefer not to have the hassle of replacing them every week or so, potted plants are a much better option. And they needn’t be shoved in a corner behind a sofa. Instead, add instant drama to any room with tall houseplants such as Swiss cheese or rubber plants. And if you really want to make a statement, indoor palm trees look beautiful and best of all, are low-maintenance.
What tips do you have for home improvements on a budget?
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