Change up your interiors on a budget: where to scrimp and where to splurge

The past couple of years has seen a huge increase in home renovations and décor overhauls, and while spending more time inside has made people want to freshen up their living spaces it can be a costly exercise. There are a few simple and cost-effective ways to change your interiors on a budget. Here’s what to scrimp on and where to splurge.

SPLURGE – Furniture. If you buy well, pieces like a bed, couch, dining table or armchair will be with you for life. Invest in high-quality pieces from reputable furniture stores or better yet, go for custom made.

SCRIMP – Cushions. Cushions can make or break a room. They can tie their surrounds together and add warmth, personality and comfort to the space, but they do not need to be expensive. If you’re handy with a sewing machine you could even make your own!

SPLURGE – Lighting. The wrong lamp can undo the work the rest of the décor is doing, but the right lamp can complete the look. A handmade and/or custom lamp or light fitting will help set the mood for the whole space. I buy a lot of lamp bases from Op Shops and then uplift the base with a gathered or pleated lampshade.

SCRIMP – Finishing touches. Items like vases and coasters that have a high rate of usage (and therefore a bigger chance of being damaged) do not have to be expensive. A simple, oversized glass vase can look very effective filled with a magnificent bouquet and chain stores often carry every day essential home items with a designer look for less.

SPLURGE – Art. An original artwork is what will set your space apart. Scour Instagram for up-and-coming artists or keep an eye out for a local art fair to find your new favourite piece. 

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