Tips for planning a small budget big makeover for the home

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Tips for planning a small budget big makeover for the home

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3 BEDROOM + STUDY Classic style living room by Srijan Homes Classic
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Ever felt bored and maybe a little embarrassed about old house furniture, worn-out walls, decor pieces and other accessories within the home interiors? It’s something that many of us feel at one time or another, but budget constraints limit us to make any immediate changes. However, the realisation should not fill you with despair as there are cost-effective ways to improve the overall ambience of your home with ingenious DIY creations and pocket-friendly ideas. Let us explore some of these timeless techniques that can transform the tired interiors of the house and make it worthy of flaunting on social media. Our experts have put together some small budget big makeover ideas that can be used in different rooms.

1. Subtle touches for a lively dining area

Bohemian Styled Premium Interiors for a 3 BHK at Bangalore Country style dining room by Aikaa Designs Country Plywood
Aikaa Designs

Bohemian Styled Premium Interiors for a 3 BHK at Bangalore

Aikaa Designs

The dining room is every family's gathering area for long chats and bonding over mealtimes, so the ambience should be warm and comfortable with sufficient lighting. For a budget-friendly home makeover idea, add a stylish mirror or make DIY prints with stencils and decals on the wall.

If the dining room seating arrangements are insufficient for extra guests during parties and family gatherings then instead of buying new furniture pieces shift extra pieces from other parts of the house and refurbish them to match the room's colour scheme.

Another idea is to attach hanging wall cabinets for storing glassware, silverware and cutlery for easy access when entertaining guests at home. Altering the lighting arrangement can bring a refreshing change to the dining area. Add drop-down lights, floor lamps or new fixtures like glass chandeliers to give a colourful and decorative vibe. Spotlights, when placed strategically, can bring focus to a newly added decor piece or furniture item in the area.

2. Stylish living room

3 BEDROOM + STUDY Classic style living room by Srijan Homes Classic
Srijan Homes


Srijan Homes

Creating a focal area is one of the most popular low cost interior design ideas that interior decorators or home decor bloggers use to create a new look in the living room and other parts of the house. Install a wall cabinet that also works as a showcase to install the television, music system and other decorative items, and arrange the furniture around it. Browse through thrift stores, garage sales, craft exhibitions and flea markets to find artefacts and antique pieces to adorn your modern living room.

If buying new furniture is an expensive proposition, then change the upholstery of the sofa, divan and other furniture pieces. Add colourful slipcovers or cushions and refurbish furniture with a touch of varnish, polish or paint to make them appear fresh and new. Rearranging the furniture layout and adding small pieces like side tables can also create a new look in the living space.

Instead of painting the room create an accent wall with wallpaper, decals, paint or wall art which an experienced painter can do for you. It will give the room an artistic makeover, besides creating a conversation point. Changing furnishings like curtains, table runners, floor rugs and carpets are also inexpensive ways to improve a dull living room.

3. New bedroom settings

apartment Modern style bedroom by Tanish Dzignz Modern
Tanish Dzignz


Tanish Dzignz

The quickest way to do a bedroom makeover is to change the fabric, including curtains, pillows, bedcovers, rugs and cushions. Switch them to change the theme from an Indian bedroom to a Scandinavian one or vice-versa. The bedroom furniture can also be given an inexpensive makeover to suit the new look with slipcovers or a new upholstered headboard.

Change the lighting arrangement in the bedroom by adding drop-down spot-lamps from the roof or floor lamps around the dressing region or the study desk. Cute table lamps on the side table to match the colour scheme or miniature artefacts on it can give a stylish new vibe to a modern bedroom.

Wallpaper, paintings, pictures, clocks, wall decals, abstract art and stickers can be used to transform a bedroom from dull to lively. Use stylish frames for artwork, digital prints and abstract art along with quirky wall decals and clocks to add glamour to the walls. 

4. Kitchen makeover

Turnkey Home Renovation Ethic and Classical Classic style kitchen by 3A Architects Inc Classic
3A Architects Inc

Turnkey Home Renovation Ethic and Classical

3A Architects Inc

A tried and tested method of a home makeover is adding extra cabinets or buying easy to hang shelves and racks that can be mounted at handy places to store cookbooks, spices and other items in the kitchen. Decorate empty kitchen walls with pinup board for photos and recipes, or use it as a space to write funny or inspiring quotes.

Have a glass cabinet to show off expensive glassware and china, or use it to display stylish cookie and spice jars stocked with colourful items. A small budget big makeover DIY idea to give a more dramatic look to the kitchen is changing the backsplash with DIY mosaic designs or new tiles and wallpaper.As replacing the entire cabinetry is an expensive exercise, you can make small changes like refreshing the paint on the kitchen cabinets, changing the handles or sticking stylish vinyl stickers that suit the overall kitchen decor.

5. Trendy bathroom

It is usually a neglected region of the house, but the bathroom can say a lot about your sense of taste and is easy to upscale with a few details. A low cost home decor idea is to give the walls a fresh coat of paint or change the backsplash above the counter to enhance the style quotient. If you are artistic, then provide a new look for the modern bathroom cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or eye-catching stickers and handles.

Low-cost home décor ideas like replacing mirrors, towel rods, soap dishes, shower curtains, window blinds, taps and other accessories can make a noticeable change to the overall look. Remember that an uncluttered bathroom can be achieved with adequate storage options. Install a cabinet above or below the washbasin with both open and covered shelves to keep essentials out of view and display decorative artefacts.  

Want to explore a few more small budget big makeover cost-effective ideas? Then do browse through these affordable and savvy ways to improve your home.

Which of these ideas are suitable for your home? Do let us know in your comments.
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