How to Revamp Your Home on a Shoestring Budget

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to spend more time indoors to reduce the risk of transmission. As such, what used to be our living space has now become our remote office as well. If you’re staying at home 24/7, you should spruce up your surroundings. But how do you do that without spending too much money? Read on for some helpful tips.

Shop secondhand

There's a certain charm in searching for hidden gems at discount shops. And while it may take time and some digging around to find a pre-loved piece of decor that's right for you, the effort is usually well worth it. To help you out, The Spruce lists some tips on how to shop secondhand. The key consideration, however, is to always keep an open mind, while passing on the pieces of questionable quality. This way, you get access to good deals without risking your own health.

Use houseplants

Houseplants have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, as more millennials have taken to their Instagram feeds to show off their plant babies. If you don’t have room in your budget, ask your plant-loving friends to donate a baby shoot, some seedlings, or cuttings you can propagate at home. There’s no end to the variety from which you can choose too — from tiny succulents to towering rubber trees. But more than just a trend in home decor, indoor plants actually provide plenty of benefits for their owners.

For one, they help reduce stress levels and sharpen your attention. Additionally, TreeHugger editorial director Melissa Breyer writes that plants like devil's ivy and bamboo palm clean the air by removing trace amounts of pollutants such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. These advantages prove that plants truly are good for you — in more ways than one.

Paint an accent wall

Switching up the color of your walls is a surefire way to revamp a space. However, this can be expensive and time-consuming, especially if you’re doing it yourself. Fortunately, HomeServe Living’s writer Laura Rudd states that painting just one accent wall is an easy way to add a pop of color to any room without forking out a lot of cash. Go for the wall that catches your eye when you walk into a room. Don’t be afraid to use bold shades, but be sure to choose paint that matches the curtains, pillow covers, and color of the adjacent walls. If you plan on experimenting with different accents, you can also use wallpaper, which you can switch out every now and then.

Put up prints

Paintings and high art can cost a fortune, but there is one way to achieve gallery glam without breaking your bank: prints. You can source your art from local talents, or you can try your hand at making your own. Alternatively, choose a favorite travel photo and print it out to hang up. All that’s left is to frame your pieces and you’re ready to adorn your home with chic but affordable décor.

Shop your home

Sometimes the best option for improving your home is to not buy anything at all. Instead, take a look at what you already have and work with that. For instance, you can turn an old desk into a TV stand. Refurbish your pillowcases, cushion covers, and curtains using fabric you have lying around. Try repainting an old dresser and converting it into a bookcase. Shopping your home not only saves you money, but also makes home improvement a more sustainable endeavor.

Revamping your home doesn’t have to be expensive. As we’ve illustrated with the above tips, quality and affordability can actually go hand in hand, with a bit of resourcefulness. Check out our ‘Top 6 Ways to Refresh a Boring Room’ for more ideas on home improvement.

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