10 Budget-friendly Ways To Refresh and Spruce Up Your Home

10 Budget-friendly Ways To Refresh and Spruce Up Your Home

Are you looking to refresh your home, but don’t want to spend a lot of money?

Refreshing your home can be expensive, especially if you plan to revamp an entire room or even a whole house. But you don’t have to spend a fortune in make a difference to the appearance of your home.

Before you do anything, you’ll need to decide on a decorating budget so you don’t overspend. Then you can create a list of rooms or areas that you would like to upgrade, or even certain items that you would like to feature in your home. From this wish list, you can prioritise your ideal alterations to meet the practical needs of each room, so that you don’t risk compromising any updates that are important to you due to a lack of remaining funds.

Here are our top tips to refresh any room in your home on a budget:

 #1 Update your curtains and soft furnishings

Curtains and soft furnishings provide an affordable way to transform the look and feel of your home without undertaking major renovations or purchasing expensive furniture. Whether you opt for solid-coloured, patterned, or sheer curtains, the designs are incredibly versatile and can add a sense of luxury to any space. Try switching up your current curtain holdbacks or tiebacks, or add extra features like tassels to give your living space an instant refresh.

Spruce up your sofa or bed with colourful or patterned throw pillows to instantly add a pop of colour and texture to your space. Soft cushions not only add aesthetic appeal but also increase comfort, while throws offer warmth and comfort during colder seasons. Cushions and throws are highly versatile decor accessories that can be easily rearranged, allowing you to experiment with different configurations and styles. This versatility lets you customise your space according to your preferences and adapt to changing trends.

Sandyford Collection

#2 Paint an accent wall

Instead of painting an entire room, why not create an accent wall to add visual interest and personality to your home without breaking the bank? An accent wall is also easy to modify and update whenever you feel like trying out a new look, you can even use distinct colours and patterns to create visually separate spaces within open-plan areas. Whether you choose to use paint or wallpaper, an accent wall is a versatile choice to enhance the ambience of your rooms and offers the opportunity to experiment with bold and trendy designs.

Pandon Modular Storage System - All 3 Units

#3 Add organising products and additional storage

Create a new focal point in any space with various organising products and storage to contain your clutter and add an aesthetic appearance to your home. Try combining our Pandon Modular Wardrobe with the small and large storage units to create the perfect storage solution for your room. Designed to maximise the feeling of space, it is ideal for loft conversions, bedrooms with low ceilings, small rooms, or spaces with difficult angles to work with. We also have a range of organisation units and accessories suitable for any room and style, so you can produce a feature from your storage whilst creating the illusion of extra space with decorative storage baskets, shelves, chests, trinket boxes and jars

Two shelves with various kitchen accessories

#4 Interchange and rotate items between rooms

Instead of purchasing new items, start by rotating items between the rooms in your house for a great way to refresh your home’s look without spending any money. It allows you to breathe new life into your space by reorganising the decor that would serve a new purpose elsewhere. From here you can see which accessories you need to buy to add to the overall style of each room without making unnecessary purchases. Take a look at our range of accessories to find the finishing touches that complete your home.

Wansbeck Bed Frame with side tables

#5 Invest in your most-used pieces

While it’s important to stick to your budget when sprucing up your home, it is also beneficial to invest more of your budget into higher-quality replacements for your most used items. Think about the piece of furniture that you use the most, and consider investing in something even better. By investing in pieces that are  built to last, you can save money in the long term by avoiding unnecessary replacements and repairs associated with lower-quality items. Whether you’re looking to replace your dining tables, bed frames, or desks take a look at our furniture collections that are designed to withstand everyday life in your home.

Ouseburn Bookcase - Funky Chunky Furniture

#6 Use a bookshelf as a room divider

Adding a bookcase to your home can be a great way to organise your books and display other items while adding visual appeal to your space. A strategically placed bookcase can also be used to shake up your floor plan by dividing larger rooms into smaller spaces. If you want to create a reading corner, or you are looking to create a unique entryway between your dining and kitchen space bookcases offer limitless flexibility for your space. Whether you style your shelves with books, trinkets, food, wine, photos or a combination of all of these, there are unlimited ways to style your bookshelf to add personalised flair to your home. 

Chopwell Dining Table and Benches in a customer's home

#7 Upgrade your walls with artwork

Empty walls can make a room feel dull and uninspired, so add life and personality to your space by hanging various pieces of artwork. Look for affordable prints, posters, or even create your own artwork to display. Mix and match different sizes and styles to create an eclectic and visually engaging gallery wall.

Brass Hoop Table Lamp

#8 Switch out your lampshades

Give your lighting fixtures a quick and easy update by changing the lampshades. Look for affordable options or consider painting and embellishing existing ones to give them a fresh look. Opt for new shades in different shapes, sizes, and colours to add visual interest and enhance the ambience of your rooms. Check out thrift stores or online marketplaces for affordable options, or consider giving your existing lampshades a fresh coat of paint or embellishments.

A customer's image of their kitchen with shelves from Funky Chunky Furniture

#9 Add new door or drawer handles

Give your furniture an update by swapping out your outdated or worn-out handles for new designs. Whether you want to upgrade your door frames, drawers or kitchen units, adding new, decorative handles allows you to make these pieces uniquely your own. Choose from a variety of affordable options, such as modern metallic finishes or vintage-inspired designs, to instantly elevate the appearance of your cabinets, dressers, or doors to instantly upgrade the furniture in any room.

Ouseburn Collection

#10 Incorporate new rugs

Adding rugs to your rooms can instantly transform the look and feel of the space. Rugs are one of the best ways to divide rooms to create different perspectives and can instantly transform the look and feel of the area. Look for affordable rugs in various sizes and patterns that complement your existing decor and bring warmth, texture and colour to your flooring. Rugs of various sizes and patterns can complement your existing decor and bring warmth, texture and colour to your flooring. It is important to look for high-quality rugs that will last even with heavy foot traffic whilst also complementing the space to pull a room together.

What to read next

Sophie, Interior stylist at Funky Chunky Furniture discussing our wood options

Sophie O'Mahony

Sophie is our in-house interior fashion expert, writing our on-trend blogs and curates our ethical accessory collections.

Sophie works with the furniture designers at Funky Chunky Furniture - she has quite a bit of experience creating rustic interior design sets for photo shoots across all rooms in the home.

About Sophie