Ten Cheap Interior Design Tips for Maximum Effect

Your home is your castle, but not all of us enjoy a kingdom-sized budget. Here are some fairly simple and budget-friendly ideas on how to make your home look just the way you want.

1. Cover a wall with pictures. Choose picture frames that all have the same texture (suede), color (white) or pattern (chevron), and choose a picture theme such as travels or family portraits. Get inexpensive frames from stores like Ikea.

2. Pillows. Lots of Pillows. Pillows help a couch or bed feel and look cozy. Instead of just one or two pillows, pile at least 4 for a couch and 5 for a bed. Match textures, colours or patterns for a uniform feel or contrast textures, colors or patterns for a more eclectic taste.  Although not too many.

3. Tall headboard. A tall headboard in the bedroom can work for either a large or small space. It can make a large room feel grand or make a small room feel cozy. It will be the focal point of the room (be sure to add the aforementioned pillows).

4. Replace your bathroom rug. Instead of using a regular bath mat, use a thick rug. It will make your whole bathroom feel (and look) luxurious.

5. Paint the walls. Pretty much everyone knows that if you paint light colors on the walls it will make a room look larger, but try out dark colors for a startling contrast. Surprisingly, it can make a small room cozy and intimate.

6. Use mirrors. Mirrors will also make a room feel bigger, and an added bonus is that it will add more light from the reflections. This is especially helpful for rooms with dark walls.

7. Use baskets for storage. Use wicker baskets (or any kind of decorative basket) to hold items that get piled up or scattered around the room such as remote controls, blankets or magazines. This will give style to your pile.

8. Update fittings. Just changing the knobs on your kitchen cabinetry will change the look of the entire room. Go from brass to brushed nickel or from glass to wood to update your kitchen.

9. Add mood lighting. Another easy way to spruce up the look of a room is to add lamps. Whether you choose table top or floor length, lamps will soften a room and add a cozy and homely feel. Set them next to the couch, in the corner, or on a fireplace mantle.

10. Keep it clean. Not everybody is Martha Stewart and therefore sometimes things get messy. But what’s the point of decorating if no one can ever tell? Take a few minutes to re-set your (extra) pillows on the couch and toss your magazines into a basket. Then switch on a table lamp and enjoy the effect.

More expensive renovations

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Assuming you want to stay in your current home, or are looking to renovate before selling, you might be interested in something a little more substantial. If so, you might be interested in a low deposit mortgage as a means of raising funds. Some ideas on more expensive renovations:

1. Replace your kitchen. It’s not going to be the cheapest option, but replacing your kitchen will add significant value. There are some ways to cut corners, like painting or replacing the doors and fitting a new counter top. If your kitchen is in bad shape, then replacing it is one way of adding serious value to your home. It can also put a large dent in your finances. If you need finance, consider switching to a low deposit mortgage and adding the cost to it.

2. Fix up your bathroom. Similar to your kitchen, fixing up or totally replacing your bathroom is a surefire way to increase the value of your property. And just like renovating a kitchen, it’s generally not very cheap.

3. Add a room. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is to convert your loft, which can be done quickly. Alternatively, you can add a sizable sunroom or conservatory, both of which would add value.

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