If your home furnishings are getting boring, there are some easy ways you can breathe new life into your interior spaces without blasting a hole in your budget. Changing one small thing can make a big difference.

There are some great ways to breathe life into your home if you’re strapped for cash, says Fulham Lawsons & Daughters.

“DIY and decorating bring a new lease of life to any room, but keeping up with new trends can be expensive. Thankfully, one of the big design themes this year is “make do and mend”, and it’s all about creating fresh new looks on a budget”

Here are a few of our favourite ways to update your home without spending a fortune.

Tile stickers

Tile stickers have come a long way. You can now buy very realistic looking ones online for less than £20 a pack. Some are even 3d, to create a multi textured mosaic effect, and they’re made to withstand water, heat and dirt. On the other hand real riles can also be affordable if you find the right supplier, consider tiling ideas for your home as another option as well.

Simply cut the sheets to fit your existing tiles, stick on top and stand back to admire your work.


Tired, old looking kitchen cupboards? Create a stunning new look for a fraction of the price of a new fitted kitchen with some carefully applied Fablon. It’s available in a huge range of colours and designs, from wood tones to modern gloss, and can completely revolutionise the look of your property.

Upcycled furniture

Whether you’re a seasoned upcycling pro or a complete beginner, there is a huge range of upcycling projects for you to try! Including ideas for one hour quick fixes and longer weekend projects to really get stuck into.

Think of upcycling as recycling old items into much prettier pieces for your home. So before you chuck out that tired old stool or ditch your dated desk for a swanky new piece of furniture, stop! Think about how your beloved pieces could be updated and re-used.

The shabby chic trend has been big for a few years now, and it’s not looking likely to go away any time soon. What makes it so appealing is that anyone can pick up a piece of furniture for peanuts and completely change the look, creating coordinated rooms that are contemporary and original.

“Just be careful to properly sand the furniture down before you start and use the best quality paint possible – preparation is everything” says Assetgrove.

Junkyard bargains

Originality is a big theme for 2018. So it’s out with the generic catalogue style pictures of pebbles and in with one off, unique accessories. You can pick up some great bargains in charity shops, online and at car boot sales. Try finding something completely different and make it your own.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, and if you’re not spending a fortune, it doesn’t have a to be a long term investment you’ve got to live with forever if you change your mind.

Home made art work

The satisfaction of creating something beautiful with your own hands is palpable, and then you get to admire your work every day. It also allows you to bring your own vision into the space you inhabit, which intensifies that homey feeling we all look forward to at the end of the day.

Your home is a reflection of your personality and style, so what better way to put your stamp on it than by creating some home made art?

If you’re not an expert artist don’t worry! There are lots of ways you can find inspiration online, and nobody’s going to expect the next Leonardo da Vinci.

You can pick up a canvas and some paint for less than £20. Splash it around for a bold, Jackson Pollack style piece of art that’s totally original and will be a real talking point in any room.

Brighter, and on a budget!

These ideas are all for home makers on a budget, so don’t expect a long term, high quality finish. Tile stickers and Fablon in particular are made to be temporary and a good way to breathe life into your home. In case you want to increase the value of your home, you can also consider installing hardwood flooring.

“If you’re thinking about selling, it’s best to keep things simple or at the very least make sure people know what they’re getting. Stick on cupboard surfaces may look good from a distance, but buyers won’t want to be cheated!” warns Robert Holmes, Wimbledon estate agent.