Decorating Tips

Quick and Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home on a Budget: Tips from an Interior Designer

A home changes over time—some say it never really becomes ‘finished’—but I often get asked how to quickly and cheaply freshen things up. As an interior designer, I reckon there are plenty of ways to instantly make your home look amazing. Every item and space should add something special to your home—even one piece of art can make a big difference straight away. Here are some of my simple tips to help make your house feel more like home.

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  • Add Plants: Houseplants are super easy to get these days. Just pop down to your local garden centre and you can grab a bunch of greenery that’ll liven up any dull corner. You can plant bulbs in all sorts of containers, or if that’s not your thing, just treat yourself to some fresh flowers in a nice vase or jug. Bringing the outdoors in with plants instantly adds life and vibrancy to your space. As an interior designer, I always recommend incorporating greenery for a fresh look.
  • Use Cushions and Throws: Add cushions and throws to your seating—why not go for ones with tassels or fringe to give it a custom feel? You can find beautiful cushions with these details to add a bit of flair. Cushions and throws not only make your space more comfortable but also add a splash of colour and texture. They can easily be changed with the seasons or your mood, making them a versatile addition to any room. As an interior designer, I find that these small changes can significantly enhance the coziness of a space.
  • Update Lampshades: Think about updating your lampshades with something a bit more exciting. Lampshades are like hats for lamps, so choose interesting shapes like pagoda, bell, scallop, or empire. Remember, the inside of the shade is important too, as we often look up into lamps, and make sure the cord is fabric lined. These little touches can really make a difference. A unique lampshade can become a statement piece in your room, adding both style and personality. This is a classic interior designer trick to elevate your lighting.
  • Enhance Kitchen Cabinets: One of my best tricks for making a budget kitchen look fancy is using Ikea cabinets. They’re much cheaper, almost half the price. To make them look more expensive, add custom handles and a unique benchtop to give it a one-of-a-kind and more glamorous feel. This way, you get the best of both worlds—affordable cabinets with a luxurious look. Customising standard items can significantly elevate the overall feel of your kitchen, making it look stylish and bespoke. As an interior designer, I always advocate for smart upgrades that offer high impact without high costs.

Each of these tips is about making thoughtful choices to inject personality and charm into your home without breaking the bank. By focusing on small, impactful changes, you can create a space that feels unique and welcoming.