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Quick and easy tips to refresh a room on a budget

Tightened the belt but need to give your home a makeover? Never fear – a no-cost solution is here.

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Tightened the belt but need to give your home a makeover? Never fear — a no-cost solution is here.

With winter being so drab and grey, it’s time to turn your attention to the home front. Who wants to go out in the rain? No-one! But if your home is looking a little lacklustre then you might not want to stay in either.

The good news is that you can easily refresh a room — or your whole house — even if you’re on a tight budget. A simple clean and de-clutter could be all you need. Get started now — you’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve with just a little bit of time and creativity.


An easy way to refresh a room is to de-clutter it. Pick a room and take stock of what’s in it. Are there piles of laundry in your bedroom? Put them away. Unused cosmetics consuming your bathroom sink? Put them in a decorative basket, hide them in a drawer or, if they’ve never been opened, give them to a friend.

In each room, set aside objects that aren’t being used or that don’t match the rest of your decor. If you can’t make them match with a coat of paint, a colourful throw or a few minor improvements, then move them to a room that’s more suitable or sell them on eBay for some extra spending money.


Remember how much fun it was to rearrange your room when you were a kid? Well, it’s still fun! Moving the sofa, the dining table or your bed is a quick and easy way to give a room a makeover. An added bonus is that you’ll be able to clean areas that probably haven’t seen the light of day in years.

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If you really want to maximise a small space, take as much furniture as you can out of the room before attempting a new layout. Pay attention to where electrical sockets are — there’s no point in moving your entertainment unit to a wall that doesn’t have the right outlets. Also, keep an eye out for ways you can create two rooms out of one — moving your sofa to the middle of a large room and putting a bookcase behind it can create a cosier, more private space as well as leaving room for a small dining area.


Painting may not be free but it’s a great way to spruce up a room at very little cost. For small rooms, pick lighter colours to help bring the most out of your space. Dark and moody feature walls can look great in larger spaces and can even be used to glam up a tired-looking bathroom.


Yep, that’s right. A clean room is a fresh room so after you’ve de-cluttered and rearranged it’s time to give your home a good, deep clean. Walls, windows, skirting boards and blinds are often neglected but can dramatically change the feel of your home from drab to fab. Get rid of the cobwebs, remove any mould growths and wipe grime from windows for an instant freshen up. Don’t forget to wash any dull-looking soft furnishings and give wooden furniture a quick polish to bring it back to life.

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