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Make your house a home: 3 wallet-friendly DIY tips

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 24 September 2019 21:43

If you’re a Luther Vandross-obsessed interior design fan with more than one finger on the pulse, you’ll know that when the legendary R&B warbler belted out A House Is Not a Home, he was almost certainly singing about the difficulties of decorating.

It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

But Luther was right on the money, as he was referring to the various bits and pieces (mainly the love of a good woman) that combine to transform a run-of-the-mill pile of bricks into a space where you and your family would be delighted to hang your collective hats.

For many of us, however, turning a house into a home is an incredibly tricky task. Why? Because a lack of time, experience or money, or perhaps all three, can often throw a very large, paint-splattered spanner in the works.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Thanks to our wallet-friendly interior design tips below, you can transform your shabby house into a chic home without breaking the bank. Here’s how ...

1. Perk up the exterior

Before your home can feel good on the inside, it’s important to make sure the exterior is up to scratch. After all, the front of your property is the first thing visitors will see, so it makes sense to keep your facade looking fancy.

Our advice is to replace your tired grass with new gravel. You can find everything you need at Marchington Stone. It’s a specialist supplier of decorative gravels, which will give your front garden some much needed kerb appeal (and make you the envy of all your nosey neighbours).

2. Get vocal about a focal

If you’re sick of looking at your tired living room walls or shudder every time you enter your drab bedroom, it’s high time you checked out the benefits of papering one wall and creating a much needed focal point.

Not only will this be relatively inexpensive, but the results easily outweigh any exertion on your part. In addition, you can even tart up your old floorboards by buying some dedicated paintmeaning you save plenty of cash by avoiding a trip to the carpet store. Bonus!

3. Go bargain hunting

Although you can sit in your favourite chair with a nice glass of wine and browse the web trying to pick up fantastic deals on home furnishings, nothing beats getting out into the real world and putting your hands on an unbeatable bargain.

With that in mind, try to be more thrifty by checking out your local charity shops (or head further afield if you fancy making a day of it) to find the kind of deals that David Dickinson, the mahogany-faced antiques and bargain hunting expert, would be enormously envious of.

What do you think?

Do you have any other cost effective design tips for our budget conscious readers? Please let us know by leaving a comment belowwe’d love to hear from you.

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