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4 ways to transform your home on a budget

You don’t need a massive budget or full renovation to bring your home to life.

Going from drab to fab can be as simple as overhauling your aesthetics with a few simple touches. From curtains to decor, here’s where to turn your attention for maximum impact on a budget.

1. Change your curtains

We don’t always appreciate the role curtains play in our space until we take the plunge and switch them up. It’s not just about aesthetics either; it’s about feel and function, as well.

As we head towards winter, you may want to invest in some blockout curtains to help insulate your space.

Switching to blockout curtains will not only revolutionise your space, but it will also add that extra layer of protection from the cold and the light. Hello, sleep ins!

2. Add some colour

On the note of colour, there are other touches you can make to recalibrate your palette.

While curtains are a start, you can complement your colour choice with a few decorative touches, such as new cushion covers or throw rugs. Find colours you love and consider an online colour palette generator to define your scheme.

 If you want to keep the colour scheme simple, use these items to experiment with texture and pattern for added interest. Consider what colours and textures you can create. You may be after something luxe and lush, or you could opt for something earthy and bohemian.

Cushion covers are easy to swap and can be an inexpensive way to refresh your home.

Why not try making your own? If you’ve been looking to make a foray into sewing, cushion covers are an excellent, easy starting point. There are a range of free projects available online.

3. Declutter and rearrange

The best, and ultimately cheapest, way to change the look of your home is to give it a good, deep clean. Depending on your current stock of cleaning products, this could cost you nothing at all.

Wipe down your walls, mop your floor, remove dust and fingerprints from all your furniture and windows — you’ll be amazed at the results.

Also, take the opportunity to declutter. Remove excess items and unnecessary decor to create more space in the room — and in your storage units.

Finally, remember being a kid and rearranging your bedroom? Did it make you feel like a new person? A simple re-jig of your layout will give you and your space a new energy boost.

4. Get planting

Plants aren’t only aesthetic up-lifters, they’re also proven to benefit your health. Adding a few indoor plants can help to reduce stress and improve the air you breathe.

Ask your local plant nursery to help you find the right plant for you.

As a bonus, small plants aren’t too expensive. Head to your local plant nursery with a $50 budget. They will be able to find you something to fit your space and plant-care capabilities.

If you don’t consider yourself a green thumb, you’re not completely out of luck. Depending on your home’s style, you could go for the humble succulent (do NOT overwater) or a pothos (devil’s ivy) for a more dramatic or luscious look.

And if you still can’t keep them alive, there is now a considerable market of quality faux plants.

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