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Renovating can be such a challenge. But it never has to be an expensive affair. Most of the time visitors will never know the price of items, just how everything is displayed. For this reason, spend what you can afford, but never overspend. There will always be decor items within your budget. Here are 11+ ways to vamp up a room using cheap home decor (UK).
*Just a point of reference, the reason I am saying UK is because of the stores and brands I talk about, the content is universal and will cater for all*.
Re-doing your tiles can be so expensive. Like more than you need to spend. Consider transforming a room with tile paint – adding a feel of complete change on the cheap. A cheap home decor item like this will only cost around £20, a drastic save in comparison to changing tiles.
Should you change your tiles with paint – consider using a grout pen (this is the one I use) to literally fill in the gaps. These can be bought on Amazon for literally less than £5. No mess, no fuss, just a glorified felt tip pen which will allow your grout to match the freshly painted tiles perfectly.
Mirrors are the best cheap home decor (UK) accessories to buy when a sale is on. Products that usually retail at £50, for example, can be discounted to around £15- £20 in a sale. Consider purchasing out of season stock or ones that are mildly damaged (not enough to notice) and you could find yourself getting more for your money. Also, mirrors are a great way to open up a room and bounce light off – so a solid investment.
I must admit, I have a clock in every room. An easy way to fill space up on walls – a clock can be the centrepiece of a room. For my living room, the clock is from IKEA costing a reasonable price of £30, yet in the bedrooms – a clock the same size only cost £5 a pop from bargain shops (B&M, Home Bargains – even Homebase).
Sticky Back Plastic
I feel like this has been mentioned on every clickbait article going. How to renovate a kitchen in less than £100? Start with sticky back plastic. Made with a vinyl covering, this is perfect for rented accommodation because it is temporary. Adjusted with scissors and a scalpel, a beginners DIY level is all that is required to apply. This will need changing every couple of years, but at £7.99 a roll to update your worktops, it is a cheap home decor (UK) that really is worth it.
Like it was mentioned with mirrors, lamps are best to find during a sale. I went to an Argos clearance warehouse and bought two Habitat touch lamps (retailing at £20) for £5 (fully working). Overall a bargain purchase! Lamps and lighting fixtures can add elegance to a room (if done right), and is a cheap addition too.
I feel like every blogger has one or two. Cheaper than artwork – a print or wall art is an easy way to vamp up a wall, as well as showing your personality. I love Desenio and Etsy, but honestly, there are so many to choose from. I also buy my frames individually from Poundland, and if I am honest, you really cannot tell the difference.
Just like tile paint, this is an easy way to vamp up a room massively. Frenchic offer a wide range of cupboard paints for £20, and do not require a primer or undercoat. A simple sand and wipe is all that it needs. Within 4 hours I had transformed my beige MDF cupboards into a Dark Navy. Without changing any fixtures the kitchen had been completely changed!
I feel like this is like an IKEA staple? Go to IKEA – buy a plant, sorted. When looking for cheap home decor (UK) items, consider adding some greenery. Not only will it make a room feel fresh, but a real plant will also increase your oxygen intake, especially when staying at home. I bought a Yucca plant from ASDA for £10, and it slots in perfectly next to my TV. If you do not like the thought of real plants, there are many fake alternatives that do not look tacky and do not require the maintenance.
Check out how I turned a bedroom into an office for less than £100.
Reed Diffusers / Wax Melts
Sometimes a lot of cheap home decor (UK) items have a dual purpose. Making your home smell nice is an awesome way to alter the appearance of your room and a perfect little piece of homeware. (You could also use Zoflora in your reed diffuser). Once you have also bought the burner and reed diffuser bottles, re-fills are all you need to maintain the scent.
Cheap home decor (UK) sometimes starts with having a clear-out. More items in a room call for maintenance; increased electricity bills and a busier routine. Whatever can be hidden away, use storage boxes. Not only are they cheap, but it helps for organising your stuff, becoming staple home accessories.
How to keep things cheap? Empty up rooms. Less is sometimes more, so consider that when decorating a room. Consider what you need to purchase (and what you really don’t) and money will automatically be saved. Find techniques to not buy, re-use or just move things around.
Consider Soft Furnishings
Cushions and throws offer the feeling of warmth and comfort, so consider purchasing this when decorating your home. In addition to many of the items mentioned, they do not need to be massively expensive or lavish – as you cannot tell where they are from. Also consider purchasing cushion infills and covers separately to get the firmness you require.
Wardrobes can be pricey, trust me I learned that the hard way. Rails are a cheaper (and more aesthetic way) of storing your favourite pieces. The best part is that they can be easily moved or dismantled when you need to have a reshuffle. Pinterest is also the perfect place for inspiration if you are not sure about this.
How do you decorate your home on the cheap?