Giving your home a makeover does not have to break the bank. Whether you are having a party, getting ready to sell or just want to try something different, there are many inexpensive and creative things that you can do around the home to make it feel fresh and new. All you need are few simple purchases, some creativity and maybe a little bit of manpower.

Lighting
Consider investing in lower wattage or golden light bulbs to help change the mood of a room, making it feel restful and romantic rather than opposed to sparse and clinical.

Paint
Paint is one of the cheapest ways to give your home a makeover; it also creates one of the most dramatic looks. You can paint a whole room, a feature wall or some furniture to give a room a whole new look.

Fabric
Rifle through old curtains, duvet covers or even discount fabric stores for material to cover pillows, use as drapes or even reupholster chairs to give a room a completely new theme.

Bring the Outside Inside
Adding plants to a room can really bring your home to life. Simple green foliage often lasts longer than many plants and can fit into any style or design, giving a very striking effect. Consider trying a single palm leaf or slender flax in a giant vase to add some drama. How about an herb garden in your kitchen? Not only does this add a splash of colour but it will also be handy when cooking!

Flooring
You may be surprised at the difference a new floor can bring to your home. If you are unable to completely re-floor a room consider sanding or staining wood, or replacing old linoleum with carpet or tiles; there really is and endless variety or flooring supplies to choose from. If you are after a quicker fix, adding a rug to a room can add extra colour and depth.

Storage Space
Clutter can make a room look smaller and busier, so invest in some good storage options. Consider using tall bookshelves for a dramatic look, perhaps even filling them with patterned storage boxes. Take advantage of the space underneath your bed to store things which you would like to keep out of sight.

Get Arty
Paintings and photography can really add some interest and colour to a room. Why not get your paint brushes out and have a go at making your own art piece? You can also hang up your own photography, or even frame fabric and wallpaper to add additional patterns and focal points to a room.

Reuse & Recycle
You don’t have to buy new pieces of furniture to spruce up your home, instead look at what you already have. Those cushions that have been hiding away in the spare room may actually work in your new living room. Or bring life back to old furniture with a lick of paint, or by adding fabric.

Go Second hand
Second hand stores, charity shops, car boot sales and sites such as eBay and Gumtree offer a great opportunity to pick up some gems for your home at bargain prices. Be sure to look for furniture that is solid and classic, so it will fit in any room or opt for items that can be easily fixed and mended with upholstery and paint.

Research!
Finally, do your research! Don’t rush into buying items or choosing a style before you have had a good look at the best bargains and decided on the look that you really want. This way you are less likely to waste money on items and designs which you are not happy with in the end.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment. You can contact Peter Millikin either through his Google+ account or via his websites.

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