Budget decorating
Jan 25, 2016

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

By: Brittany Devenyi
Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule Author: Style At Home

Budget decorating
Jan 25, 2016

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

By: Brittany Devenyi

Liven up your living space with these easy decor updates that will take anywhere from a day to a week.

 

When it comes to remodelling a home, we often can’t help but dream big – because who doesn’t want a walk-in glass shower, marble backsplash and ample storage space? But before you let your design vision overwhelm you, allow it to inspire you to make tiny tweaks that still have a big impact.

Whether you’re tight on time or worried about stretching your budget too thin, we’ve compiled a list of affordable home makeover ideas that can be done on any schedule – from a day, to a weekend, to one week. It’s time to set your decor hesitations to the curb along with that outdated side table, and read on.

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Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

DAY: Rearrange furniture

For an instant refresh, switch up a space’s furniture placement. Think seasonally: Make your fireplace the focal point in winter and reposition pieces in summer depending on how the light streams in. Don’t be afraid to think beyond a room itself either – that armchair in your living room might look even better in your home office.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

DAY: Add new accents

Lend a bright new look to your home by displaying eye-catching accessories. Uplift your sofa with playfully patterned toss cushions or scope out a stylish area rug to add comfort and texture to your space.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

DAY: Style your bookshelves

Think of bookshelves as fanciful art displays that should be carefully curated. Spend a quiet Sunday afternoon arranging your paperbacks by colour or wrapping unsightly book covers in pretty paper. Showcase decorative objets and prints for extra visual appeal. See here for more shelf-styling tips and tricks.  

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

DAY: Create an accent wall

Don’t have time to paint an entire room? Create an accent wall instead to achieve the same decorative punch. Paint the wall a vivid hue or select a graphic wallpaper pattern that demands to be seen. Learn how to design a show-stopping feature wall here.  

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

DAY: Paint your furniture

Wake up tired furniture with a fresh coat of paint. Whether you want to refresh dated cabinets or revamp a dull dresser, new-and-improved furniture pieces will cheer up a room without breaking the bank. Find out how to make this DIY dresser makeover here.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Ryan Brook Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEKEND: Change up your walls

While creating an accent wall can be completed in a day, devoting a weekend to the task affords you the opportunity to be more creative, and you’ll have time to update a few walls. Try your hand at colour blocking or brighten a bedroom with intricate stencils and wall decals like these ones. Urban Walls, $71.66, etsy.com.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Etsy Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEKEND: Quick backsplash update

You don’t have to rely on marble or glass mosaic backsplash tiles to achieve a timeless look in your kitchen (cue the sighs of relief). Instead, try self-adhesive wall tiles like Smart Tiles. The budget-friendly alternative is simple to install and will still give your space an effortlessly elegant feel. Mosaic Decorative Wall Tile Peel and Stick in Subway White, The Home Depot, $8.97.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: The Home Depot Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEKEND: Organize and de-clutter

Sometimes purging your pad can have just as dramatic an impact as redecorating it. Release yourself from constant clutter by editing every area in your home. Toss tattered items, corral products in stylish baskets and bins and opt for multi-functional furniture. Find 99 more easy organizing tips here.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEKEND: Elevate your entrance

First impressions are lasting, so spend a few days improving your home’s porch area. Start by painting the front door an energizing hue that suits the exterior (here’s how to choose a front door colour). To enhance the look further, dress up your porch with planters and replace your mailbox, doormat and number signs with more modern styles.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEKEND: Add a gallery wall

Bedeck your living room with a DIY gallery wall comprised of well-loved prints. Hang art pieces that range in size and shape for added dimension, and choose stylish frames (whether vintage or modern) that complement each other. Once all is said and done, you’ll earn some serious bragging rights. Follow our steps for creating a DIY gallery wall here.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Ryan Book/TC Media; styling by Catherine Therrien Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEK: Update your kitchen and bathroom

Making a few slight changes to your kitchen and bath will have big payoff. Begin by trading in timeworn hardware for sleek knobs and pulls, and paint your kitchen cabinets if they’re looking a little worse for wear (here’s how). Give yourself time to update other fixtures too, such as the faucets and vanity mirror.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEK: Restore your living spaces

Enhance the look of your dining or family room by adding decorative moulding. It’s an architectural accent that will instantly uplift your space and lend it more character. Now is also the time to consider reupholstering old furniture (get inspired here) and revamping your floors, whether that means refinishing your hardwood (read: sand and stain) or installing new tiles.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEK: Beautify the bedroom

Take your bedroom from boring to beautiful with a few creative upgrades. Get crafty by upholstering your own headboard, which creates an eye-catching focal point. For an even easier hack, use a bedsheet as the fabric like we did here. Boost your room’s comfort factor further by adding an area rug, buying new bedding and installing drapery.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Budget-friendly home makeover ideas on any schedule

WEEK: Enliven your outdoor space

Once the weather warms up, our attention quickly shifts to the outdoors. Make your yard more inviting this year with a gorgeous garden path or walkway (materials like natural stone, brick and concrete all work well). Don’t stop there. Take the time to paint your home’s exterior – or at least the trim! – as well as the fence. Other easy tasks include washing the windows, staining the deck and painting outdoor furniture.

By: Brittany Devenyi Source: Angus McRitchie Credits: Style at Home
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