Budget decorating ideas and top tips – Rated People Blog

Let’s face it, a lot of people are having a hard time this year. With costs soaring high, homeowners across the UK will have to cut back on their home improvement budgets for 2023.

However, we don’t think this should stop you from making smaller, pocket-friendly decor updates that can still give your home a luxurious feel. You don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve the aesthetics of your dream home.

In fact, according to our 2023 Trends Report, 1 in 3 homeowners will be planning a home renovation this year. Why don’t you join them? Decorating on a budget may be, and we’re here to show you how with some budget decorating ideas…

5 tips for decorating your home on a budget

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1. Save money on paint

Giving new life to your walls is a great way to upgrade a room on a budget. A fresh coat of paint is an easy DIY option, not to mention incredibly versatile! Let your home’s personality shine through…

We recommend an accent wall – a wall in a room that stands out and creates a focal point. By adding a burst of different colors to just one wall, you’ll save money on paint supplies while adding visual interest and depth to a space. Accent walls tend to require less than 3 quarts of paint, for a total expenditure of around £20.

When it comes to painting, make sure you use online calculator to help you decide how much paint you need. This will help you avoid overspending. To save even more money, consider a repainting scheme which sells unused paint for £2 a litre. Otherwise, consider an inexpensive wallpaper retailer as a good alternative to painting.

Pick a color and grab a brush to get started…Or, want someone to paint an accent wall for you? Talk to skilled painters and decorators today.

Picture of a living room with a green accent wall

2. Section updates

According to our 2023 Trends Report, 1 in 4 homeowners are planning a ‘parts upgrade’ this year to help them reduce costs and prevent waste.

This includes smaller renovations such as replacing your kitchen cabinet doors rather than entire cabinets. It will still give your kitchen a makeover, but without the overpriced stuff.

In fact, updating old fixtures is a fantastic way to decorate on a budget. Replace knobs, light switches and handles to freshen up your home. You’d be surprised at how big the difference is.

You can also update:

lighting fixtures, shower heads, shower heads, curtains, splashbacks

Tile is generally more expensive, and can potentially require a tradesman to install it (unless you’re a confident DIYer). This will drive up the overall cost, unless you can find some for cheap.

If your budget can’t span new hardware, a more cost-effective solution is to use spray paint to turn your traditional chrome hardware into a modern matte black tone, and all for around £18.

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3. Reuse and update

Buying new furniture is expensive. Often, we throw away old furniture or avoid buying it used because we want our homes to look new, not out of date.

However, reupholstering, repairing, and updating old or used furniture can really add character to your home while also giving you fun new projects to work on. You can also spray paint your chairs or cover up an old couch with slipcovers – the options are endless!

As well as repurposing what you already have, why not go on the hunt for vintage home decor and other second-hand items that will allow you to buy new furniture at affordable prices? Oftentimes, used items are also of better quality than you may be able to afford new ones. You can also buy something a little uglier to wear and upgrade it.

For example, why not use a satin and semi-gloss paint on your kitchen cabinets? They’re great because you can still wipe them down, and they’re generally more resistant to oil buildup.

Visit charity shops, online marketplaces, car boot sales, auction houses and outlets for bargains.

Image of living room with vintage decor and colorful sofa

4. Tidying up

Besides buying and repurposing items, another way to give your home a fresh look is to get rid of old or damaged items that spoil your home’s aesthetic. If you can’t fix it, get rid of it!

Better yet, why not sell it for a little cash back to spend on your next remodeling project? Worn out furniture and fixtures can then be replaced by purchasing discounted or used items.

Need help moving or installing your new furniture and fixtures? A local handyman can help you get everything right.

Image of living room with white walls and floor and chimney

5. Rethink your space

Focusing on the layout of your home’s interior design can really help you make the most of your space, and at no extra cost.

Oftentimes, we get bored with our home decor, not realizing that moving things serves as an instant refresher, making your home look brand new without having to spend any money. Move living room furniture into the bedroom or move the decorations on your bookshelf to the coffee table to prevent your favorite objects from turning static.

Sometimes you have to move things around to visualize space in a new way, so start fresh with what you already have.

Picture of a bedroom with a painting and a mirror on the wall

Are you ready to give your home an affordable new look?

Budget decorating is easier than it seems. Just follow the hacks on this blog to get started.

Make sure you always do your research before buying new materials, so you can guarantee you’re getting the best price. Only choose DIY if you feel confident completing the project, otherwise hire a high-quality tradesperson. This will save you money in the long run avoiding costly repairs. As the saying goes, do it once and do it well!


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