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20 affordable ways to update your home in a day!

MyStore Team

If you’re thinking of some really simple ways to refresh or modernise your home but you’re on a strict budget, then there are numerous easy, affordable fixes that will give any property a new lease of life! Read on for MyStore’s 20 top tips to modernise your home on a budget.

Spray paint photo frames

Pick up some cheap photo frames from a charity shop, the more mismatched the better, and spray paint them all the same colour!  It will look like you’re bought them from a luxury retailer when really it cost you pennies!

Spruce up the fireplace

Got an old fireplace that you can’t afford to light anymore? Fill up the empty space with decorative logs to give it a homey feel. The wooden look is very hygge. Also a large stack of old antique books can look great in a fireplace too. Just don’t burn them!

Find charity shop gems and paint them white

You’ll be surprised what difference a lick of paint can do to charity shop treasures. Don’t disregard old ornaments that look like they belong in your grandmother’s home. Transform them with white or black paint to look stylish and modern. Animal figures work particularly well for this.

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Use wall stencils

Wall stencils are perfect for changing up the style of a room, and very cheap! You can download lots of printable wall stencils on the internet now to inexpensively rejuvenate a room. These are particularly great for children’s rooms or the downstairs loo!

Bring a stool into the bathroom

Slide a stool next to the bathtub. Not only will the extra surface space help with organization and give you the perfect spot for a candle, but it’s also a great way to make the whole space feel more luxe.

Opt for statement art

Make a simple bare wall a little more exciting with oversized artwork. Choose large-scale photography or something abstract and vibrant to really make a statement.

Introduce a new throw blanket

Putting a colourful throw blanket at the end of your bed or flung over the sofa is an easy but transformative design trick. It’s also a great way to experiment with colours and prints.

Create a gallery wall

If the walls in a hallway are feeling tired or lack lustre, add a gallery wall. Bring in antique frames or arrange a ton of hand mirrors into a gallery wall.

Rearrange your furniture

Symmetry, who? Your chairs and couches don’t have to line up—in fact, you don’t even have to have chairs. Put your side table in the corner flanked by two sofas, and if you don’t have enough arm chairs for a classic living room setup, just place floor cushions by the coffee table!

Add a statement tablecloth

Transform your kitchen in seconds. A bold patterned/coloured tablecloth can instantly make a traditional space a little more eclectic.

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Introduce flowers and house plants

Adding a beautiful bouquet of flowers can beautify a whole room on its own. Potted plants, large or small, bring the outside in and create a natural sanctuary feel inside your home.

Mix in metallics

Does anything make a statement like something shiny and gold? Add a metallic light fixture, sculpture or vase to instantly upgrade a room. Don’t have anything shiny? Grab some metallic spray paint and get creative!

Add a feature wall

Wallpapering or painting a small room or closet will give it a surprising edge. Do the whole room or just choose one wall. You could also opt for a statement ceiling.

Move furniture away from walls

Floating furniture away from the walls creates a more intimate seating arrangement in your lounge. That means all you have to do is shift your furnishings a few inches in to totally transform the vibe in a room.

Lay down a rug

Boho? Rustic? Traditional? The rug you choose can instantly change the whole aesthetic of your room.

Mix & match chairs

Swap out your formal chairs for a few rustic metal ones. This creates a more casual atmosphere in the dining room.

Lighting – fairy lights, candles and lamps

Transform the ambience of any room with some extra lamps and candles. Add some fairy lights to a window or drape over a large house plant to create a relaxing spa like atmosphere.

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Upcycle an old piece of furniture

Turn heads by painting a piece of old furniture that no longer has a function in a bright bold colour such as mustard yellow or teal.

Kitchen cabinet face lift

Fresh paint on the kitchen cabinets will transform the entire room and give the illusion you’ve just had a brand-new kitchen fitted!

Simply tidy up

This probably isn’t what you want to hear since we don’t think of cleaning up as fun, but adding a few pieces that ease organization can make a huge difference. Wicker baskets are great for storing away toys and clutter and look great too, if you can stack them even better! Also consider installing some cute coat hooks or adding a vintage hat stand by the front door.

Finally, if you just need to clear some stuff out from under your feet simply bring it all down to MyStore in Witney, Oxfordshire and give your home some extra space! Take a look around our spacious facility using our 360 virtual tour or get in touch with us on 01993 224422.

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