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Improve your home on a budget

The news today is dominated by job losses and a struggling housing market, more and more people are looking to improve their homes rather than move house. The good news is that there are some simple steps to improve your current home. Giving your home some TLC can help you transform your living space, and provide you with a real sense of accomplishment. During these tougher times, spending cash on home improvement can be a very worthwhile investment.

Here’s our  top 10 tips for improving your home on a budget

1. Add colour to your walls

In these ‘don’t move, improve’ times, a lick of paint is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to give your home an instant lift. Whether you make a statement with a feature wall, go all out and decorate an entire room in an intense shade, or opt for a stylish two-tone scheme, you’re guaranteed a striking look with oodles of glamour.

2. Rethink what you have

It costs nothing to reassess what your room already looks like. Why not move a few pieces around? Sometimes a fresh approach encourages you to get rid of tired pieces that only clutter up your space. Ask yourself whether you really need everything you see. If not, then drop those items off at the charity shop or sell them on eBay. Less is often more.

3. Choose your lighting wisely

The right lighting can transform the mood of your scheme at very little cost. Why not buy a fresh shade for your lamp? Try replacing mismatched table lamps with stylish matching ones. Place one on either side of your sofa or bed, and see how the room suddenly has cohesive style.

4. Replace your cushions

Can't afford a new sofa? New cushions can help revitalise your living room, with stylish bargains aplenty to be found on the high street. If you’re not sure what colours to go for, take inspiration from the palette of your walls and floor.

5. Sleep in style

Give your bedroom an instant update for less. Cut pieces of MDF to size and upholster them in a unique fabric to make an eye-catching headboard; then choose matching shades for your bed linen. Try framing squares of the same fabric to make artwork for your bedroom wall for a coordinated finish.

6. Recover & renew

Instead of splashing out on new armchair, why not give your existing piece a makeover by recovering it with a new pattern. Be a little daring and see how a simple chair can be completely transformed into a statement piece.

7. Add light with mirrors

Mirrors add light and shimmer to your walls, and bring elegance and personality to even the smallest of spaces. You can create a mirror to match any room by talking to your local framer, who will have vast range of frame styles to choose from. Whether you plump for sleek monochrome, polished wood or even antique gold, you’ll achieve a stylish and unique look.

8. Transform a dull window

Create a focal point in your room without overspending by updating your windows. A roller blind is a great low effort, high impact option. Whether you opt for a subtle floral pattern or statement stripes, it’s bound to give your scheme the bargain boost it needs.

9. Play with scale to add the wow factor

No matter how small your space, allow one large piece of furniture or artwork to shine. Playing with scale brings a feeling of grandeur to your scheme and is a great way of transforming your room in one quick, easy, and cost-friendly step.

10. Create Artwork

Framed artwork is a simple way inject your personality onto otherwise bare walls. DIY artwork such as framing posters or calendar pictures not only achieves a polished and professional look, but won’t break the bank. Other sources of free art are include creative menus, pretty party invitations, a collage of postcards from a trip or even simply a certificate you're proud of.

Pieces that are just decorative can be put directly into a frame off the shelf, but those that are more special, certificates for instance, should be mounted and framed using conservation materials.

Wexford Picture Framing is continually providing framing advice and services for customers and we have a wealth of ideas on using framing to create a great new look for your home.