Want to refresh your home but short on cash? Decorating is easy and affordable when you build on what you already have.
Decorate with what you have

Five ideas for decorating with what you have

Discover how to refresh your home without spending a fortune.

Show off your framed photographs or art

If you’ve got a piece of artwork or a photograph that you love, why not use it as inspiration for a new look? Hanging your art in a prominent place and introducing a statement wall colour behind it will instantly update a room.

You could use a colour from the artwork (we recommend choosing a shade or two lighter) or pick a contrasting colour to make it really stand out.

Work around statement furniture

Redecorating your room around a favourite piece of furniture is an easy way to make a big change. Make your statement piece the star of the show by choosing a wall colour that really complements it.

For example, if you have a red sofa, you may like to choose a cool grey or blue to balance the red. Or if your furniture is a neutral hue, a warm wall colour will help bring warmth and depth to the space.

Use texture to create a cosy bedroom cocoon

If your bedroom is looking a little tired, try this for a bold revamp.

Choose a colour from a favourite piece of bedlinen and create a cocoon effect by painting it on your ceiling and two of the walls. The colour will wrap around the room, creating a cosy and intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxing in.

Build a colour scheme around accessories

Create a focal point by grouping together accessories from the same colour group and displaying them on a shelf, mantelpiece or sideboard. For maximum impact, try varying the shapes and sizes of your vases, photo frames and ceramics.

Go one step further and paint a feature wall behind your display that complements the colours found in your accessories.

Change the view with an accent colour

Curtains or blinds are often used as the basis for a colour scheme, but by taking this idea one step further, you can create real impact.

Try painting your window recess in a vibrant colour – such as electric blue or a deep green – and the rest of your walls in a more muted tone of the same hue.

Not only will this effect inject colour into your room in an unexpected way, it also creates a striking focal point.

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