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Decorating on a budget

Give your home a new lease of life without breaking the bank with our top tips for decorating on a budget. Sometimes the simplest solutions can have the biggest impact so try these easy ideas to transform every room in your home.

It costs nothing to reassess what your room already looks like. Why not move a few pieces around? Sometimes a fresh approach encourages you to get rid of tired pieces that only clutter up your space. Ask yourself whether you really need everything you see. If not, then drop those items off at the charity shop or sell them on eBay. Less is often more (and often more eco-friendly).

The right lighting can transform the mood of your scheme at very little cost. Why not buy a fresh shade for your lamp? Try replacing mismatched table lamps, with stylish matching ones. Place one on either side of your sofa or bed, and see how the room suddenly has cohesive style. Get stylish lighting for less at Homebase.

Can’t afford a new sofa? There are dozens of affordable, fabulous cushions that are one of a kind and will zip up your space instantaneously. Find bargain designs to suit your style at Dunelm Mill and IKEA. If you’re not sure what colours to go for, take inspiration from the palette of your walls and floor.

Give your bedroom an instant update for less. Cut pieces of MDF to size and upholster them in a unique fabric to make an eye-catching headboard; then choose matching shades for your bed linen. Find inspiration with our three favourite headboard ideas. Read more at

Mirrors can be a cost-friendly alternative to works of art. Use them to add light and shimmer to your walls, or mix and match different styles to bring elegance and personality to even the smallest of spaces. Try M&S and IKEA for credit-crunch busting mirrors.

Instead of splashing out on new armchair, why not give your existing piece a makeover by recovering it a new pattern? Be a little daring and see how a simple chair can be completely transformed into a statement piece. Want something a bit less permanent? Check out our step-by-step guide on how to make a buttoned chair cover.

Create a focal point in your room without overspending, by updating your windows. A roller blind is a great low effort, high impact option. Whether you opt for a subtle floral pattern or statement stripes, it’s bound to give your scheme the bargain boost it needs. B&Q and Dunelm Mill both have great value ranges.