Cheap ways to recreate your home interior

Need to give your home a bit of a facelift? Try out these hacks without breaking your budget.

The team behind interior design company, The Design Paddock have shared their best budget-friendly tips to refresh your home.

1. A good paint job

“One of the most effortless ways to reinvigorate and transform a space is a fresh coat of paint,” says Millie Alison, Co-Founder of The Design Paddock.

“A spot that’s often overlooked is the hallway or the entry to the home. These areas are important as they connect to the spaces you live in and can set the initial impression of the home. Over the years, walls, doors and trims can look battered and more commonly adopt marks or cracks. A fresh coat of paint can make the biggest difference here. We recommend a gloss trim paint to contrast against a matt or low sheen wall paint. You’ll be surprised with the impact it can make.”

“This doesn’t only apply to the interior. Consider redesigning or repainting your front door or even the garden pots in your entry for a powerful change. This can instantly achieve a more inviting entry,” Millie added.

2. Rearrange the furniture 

It sounds simple, but it's effective. “It’s quite common to find that people become too comfortable in their home to realise that a slight re-arrangement could transform a place and in turn, may provide a better layout. Many people tend to use the TV as the centrepiece of the living room, however, this should not be the case. Living rooms should be centred around conversation and comfort,” said Katrina.

In between the warmer and cooler months is the ideal time to rearrange spaces. “Fireplaces are the perfect centrepiece to arrange your furniture around in winter where the television becomes less of a focal point! Also consider moving your armchair beside a window to create a reading corner or a spot to wind down and enjoy some sun,” she added. 


3. Change your lighting 

No we don't mean disco lights. “Lighting plays a big part in determining the atmosphere and ambience within a room. Considering subtle changes in the home can have a dramatic impact on the way a space feels,” says Millie.

“Warm light globes around the home is a must in our books! Furthermore, consider where your lighting is focused and adjust it. You may like to highlight an artwork or incorporate a new feature pendant above your dining table. It is important to note that lighting should be both beautiful and functional; thus, a directional light in a hallway is a great way to not only light up an artwork but will reflect onto the wall and light up the space beautifully. 

“Alternating lighting throughout the house is another way to make spaces feel cosy. Incorporate varying scales and heights in your lighting such as table lamps, floor lamps, wall lights, dimmable ceiling lights and pendants in soft textures to create interest and an overall lovely ambiance,” added Millie.

4. Declutter, immediately.

Out with the old! Much like Netflix sensation Marie Kondo, Katrina agrees that minimising your space, by disposing of unused items is crucial to revamping your home space.  “With the extra time people are spending at home recently, there is no better time to take charge and rid your home of clutter! Explore new ways to store and conceal possessions in cabinets or boxes and if there isn’t space and you no longer need items, let go. Interiors should feel full but not cluttered. Less is more!” 

“Organising the bookshelves can bring life to a forgotten area. It’s always good to start with larger items such as bowls, jugs or artwork — this will help achieve the right scale and balance. Books are a beautiful inclusion to an interior. Try stacking books in varying directions on the shelf to add interest. Most importantly, the bookshelves are a reflection of your life and style. Add your treasured keepsakes on top of piled books - different heights can help balance your shelf styling,” said Katrina. 

5. Reinvigorate with soft furnishings 

Millie says “Soft furnishings present an opportunity to incorporate colour, texture or pattern to a space without the intensive labour! Millie suggests softening your bedroom with a rug beneath the end of your bed, introducing a bedhead, recovering a chair or new throw cushions. Deciding on your favourite fabric can often be difficult, particularly if you can’t afford your favourite.

“Be clever with the way you use your fabric. A cost-effective way of achieving a similar result may be to upholster the back of your cushions or bedhead with an affordable plain fabric,” says Millie. “I’ve also previously chosen beautiful tea towels or fabric cuttings and framed them for affordable art,” she added.

Photos: Sheri McMahon Photography

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