Decorating your home
Inject a little style into your home with our
decorating trade secrets!
1. Know how much you can afford to spend
Remember, the aim is to create a nicer
environment, not to spend so much money that you are worrying how
you will pay it back!
It’s often the cheapest option and most
effective. You can paint one side of the wall as a feature or
create a focal point.
3. Move your furniture around.
By repositioning furniture, removing items
that you no longer use or are broken you might be surprised to find
you have created more space.
4. Sell / Recycle
One man’s junk, is another man’s treasure.
Should you wish to donate your goods there are a number of
charities that will come and collect bulky items of furniture from
your home. Websites such as Freecycle offer items for
free or Gumtree sell items at a significantly
reduced rate. Remember: as with all things in life it is a case of
5. Cover it
Replacing a whole sofa may be out of your
budget but placing colourful throws, cushions on the sofa may
make it more inviting.
6. Use the internet
The internet is a great source of inspiration.
After all it's cheaper than buying decoration magazines! An
increasing amount of retailers sell goods online at a significantly
reduced rate. You may be able to create unique or bespoke items
that can be made-to-measure such as blinds or curtains can be
sourced directly from suppliers who may deliver too.
If you haven’t got a computer or internet
access try your local library or check out Get Connected, our computer giveaway where you
can win a free computer.
7. Clean it
You'll be surprised what you can achieve with
a few everyday household items such as bicarbonate soda, vinegar
and lemon. Check out the Earth Easy
website for more information.
8. Make it
You may not be able to afford to buy new
cushions or blinds but with a needle, thread and some material you
can give the windows or sofa a new lease of life. Sanding down
a chair and repainting it can have the same effect.
9. Use what you already have
By framing family photos or using your
children’s or grandchildren's artwork you can provide a far more
personal and unique addition to your walls. Supermarkets or 99p
shops often sell inexpensive frames that you can use.
10. Don’t forget lighting
This is very important: too bright and it’s
uncomfortable, too dim and it may look like your trying to hide
something. Changing the shade can help cut down on costs,
supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco or furniture store IKEA offer a
range of inexpensive lighting fixtures with interchangeable