Four easy-on-the-pocketbook ways to update your home’s interior design

Matt Wineera, AREINZ
Matt Wineera, AREINZ
Published on May 9, 2018

You don’t need to be a professional interior decorator to update your  home’s interior design. With a little creativity, and items already present in your home, you can transform it into a showplace. Here are 4 inexpensive ways to update your home’s interior design.

1. Paint

The quickest and most inexpensive change you can make to your home’s interior design is new paint. Whether you decide to paint entire rooms or just create an accent wall, new colour on the walls will create instant glamour. If you hire a pro to do the job, plan on getting at least 2 or maybe 3 quotes to check price etc. Do it yourself and you’ll save big on your new interior design.

2. Rearrange what you have

Are you taking advantage of the focal point in each room? Whether it’s the fireplace or a view outside a window, arrange furniture so that it faces the focal point.  Try switching up furniture from one room and putting it in another. Sometimes a stylish nightstand makes a great end-table in the living room; or try putting a dresser in the dining room to act as a buffet. If you need new furniture but the price just isn’t in your budget, think about using “throws” or brightly coloured sheets or bedspreads  that you already have. Or, buy inexpensive used furniture and put your DIY skills to work on your interior design. While shopping for used furniture, don’t overlook trademe.co.nz. You can find almost anything there and sellers are likely to negotiate on prices which is great for your interior design.

3. Add Colour

New throw pillows, window coverings and rugs are not only great ways to freshen a room but add colour as well. The colour-of-the-year may change , so just make sure that your colours are what’s current. Visiting Open Homes can help you to decide what to do. Flowers and plants add a splash of colour to any room, be it a huge bouquet in the entry or small nosegays in the bathrooms. If you lack a green thumb, silk flowers and plants are inexpensive alternatives.

photo courtesy Floral Verde

4. Accessories

You don’t need to break the bank when shopping for accessory pieces and accents for your interior design project. If you find you need a few more accessories why not try flea markets and garage sales? Here’s what to keep an eye out for:

  • Mirrors will make any room look larger and lighter. Groupings of mirrors can be an even more dramatic way to open up a room.
  • Art work is another way to add colour and interest as well as texture to your interior design.
  • Decorative pillows can be used in bedrooms and living rooms.
  • Look for items such as decorative plates to hang on the kitchen walls, vases, baskets, candle holders and sconces. Other fun things you might want to look for are drawer pulls and handles for your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry interior design project.

           ErikaWittlieb / Pixabay

If you have the budget, by all means, hire a professional to give you some interior design decorating ideas. If not, with a little effort you can do it yourself and save some money. Visit pinterest.com to find fellow DIYers and get tips.

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