Cheap Tips to Transform Your Home
When times are tough and money is tight, sometimes a change in the home can do wonders for your spirit and mood. And if you are moving into a new place and want to make your own mark, a transformation of colour or a new interior design can really bring a fresh feel to a room or space.
Householders worry about the cost of making these sorts of changes but not all changes have to be expensive. What you do need to invest is your time, your thoughts and your enthusiasm. Here are a few cheap tips.
Change Colour CheaplyThe best way to give yourself a new colour scheme without breaking the bank is to find some free paint! Spend half an hour or so ringing round your friends and family, asking them to dig out their half-finished tins from the backs of their sheds. Then spend an afternoon rounding them up.
When you get home, try mixing the colours together until you get some shades you are happy with. Remember, a whole room does not need to be painted in one colour. Find tones that complement each other in order not to restrict yourself by lack of paint. Paint different walls in different hues - and do the same under and above dado rails, picture rails and cornicing.
Focus on One WallYou could also consider creating just one “feature wall” within a room. Either do this using the free paint you have rounded up or using wallpaper. Again, ask around. Lots of people have one or two rolls left over from papering a space. Otherwise, ask at the counter in your local DIY shop. There is often a roll or two left at the end of a line - and you might be lucky and pick up a bargin.
Other innovative, cheap and cheerful solutions include using magazines and newsprint on a feature wall, then lightly colour washing over the top. Or even painting a mural - once again using those tins you have collected from friends and family.