8 Budget Friendly Decorating Updates!

You do not have to spend a lot to give a fresh look to a room. The most expensive parts of your rooms can be updated instead of completely replaced, and a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new slipcovers for your cushions can really go a long way. Here are some tips:

  1. Add tailored slipcovers to your sofas if they’re looking old and tired. You can even order these online from places like wayfair in all sorts of prints and colours.

  2. Refinish your furniture! It's really not difficult and can be a lot of fun if you get the right products and follow the steps.

  3. Pick a bold color to accent your existing space and add a combo of one or two throw pillows, a vase, new curtains and an inexpensive area rug in that color. You can save yourself more by going to the sales section of a place like Fabric Land and hiring a local person talented at sewing to make you some super simple pillow cases or curtains.

  4. Paint your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them. It's a really big job, but all the same principles from finishing furniture apply to cabinetry. If you can do one, you can do the other.

  5. Add an accent wall or feature wall: If your room lacks a focal feature, you can add one by painting one wall in a contrasting color. You can do a lot more with paint than just roll it onto a wall. By combining different colors, it’s possible to create a wide variety of interesting effects, such as stripes (by taping off sections of wall and painting between the taped lines, you can create horizontal or vertical stripes) or an ombre effect (going from light to dark down the length of the wall by choosing a darker bold colour and mixing it with white as you go.) You could even try wallpaper or wooden boards.

  6. Bathroom Textiles. Since most bathrooms have no furniture, replacing towels and the shower curtain may be the biggest change you can make without remodeling, but since they're such a small space, it makes a big impact.

  7. Shop second hand. You can save so much money by checking out what Facebook marketplace or Varagesale has to offer before going out to the store. The item may not be PERFECT, but hey, if you save money because of a tiny blemish, can you live with it?

  8. Change some small details. It’s amazing how much difference a small change can make in a room. Often, something as simple as replacing cabinet pulls, door handles, faucets, the lamp shades, or light fixtures can give a room a whole new feel.