Make your home upscale without breaking the bank

Shaynna Blaze tells us how to get the luxe look without the hefty price tag.

You shouldn’t need to take out a second mortgage to give your home a makeover!

If you focus on the four Rs: Recycle, Renew, Restore and Repair, then devote a small budget to versatile, quality new pieces, you can refresh your home’s interiors for a relatively small investment.

The four Rs

First stop: your local op shop, ebay or Gumtree for timber furniture pieces like dining tables, coffee tables, side tables, and buffets that you sand, paint, repair and rejuvenate.

Recycling is a smart approach to interior design because if your style changes, or the style of your room changes, you can restore these pieces time and time again, renewing them to reflect your evolving interior.

Up your upholstery game

There’s nothing better than finding a second hand chair, couch, bedhead or ottoman that just needs re-covering to get it looking swanky.

But upholstering furniture isn’t cheap and even if you find the perfect fabric at the right price, much of the cost is in the labour.

I think it’s well worth taking an upholstery course as an investment into future interiors. That way, you’re not shelling out for labour and you can seek out fabrics that are end-of-season or on sale.

They might not be completely on-trend patterns, but you’ll be able to get them at a bargain price.

You’ve been framed

A simple way to fill a wall is to create a picture gallery with budget frames. Fill them your own holiday or family photos, print up homemade artworks, or fill them with textiles in textures, colours and patterns you love.

Feather your nest

The best way to rejuvenate your bedroom on a budget is to invest in versatile bed linen, cushions and doona covers.

Choose doona covers that are reversible so you get two looks from each piece, then choose two different colours of bed linen that match your doona cover so you can create four looks from three pieces.

A lick of paint

I’m always telling people how a fresh paint job can change the look and feel of an interior.

I recommend getting a pro to paint your door frames and doors - the surfaces you want to last a long time.

After that’s done, go DIY and get creative with the walls. Take that approach and you can change the colour of your interiors on a whim without busting the budget.

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