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4 Affordable Ideas for Updating the Interior

When on a budget, it’s not always preferable to completely redo a room by removing the furniture and starting from scratch. That’s even truer when you have kids running around at home as well. Then any ‘out of bounds’ area is going to be troublesome to keep them out of it while work is in progress. 

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It’s better in the first instance to see what you can do to update the interior without completely overhauling it. A few design tweaks here, an addition there… They can transform how a room feels to you without breaking the bank or causing too much disruption to daily life. 

Here are 4 affordable ideas for updating the interior. 

Add Some Photo Frames at Home

If you have a desk that you use to put your attention to paperwork, the mail, and any bills that still arrive by mail, then maybe it’s a little bare?

Adding an acrylic photo frame or two from Get Acrylic Photo Frames can make it more personal. By using these acrylic photo frames, it’s possible to show off members of your family or to slide some holiday snaps into the frame. This can put a smile on your face. Working through the bills or writing a letter becomes a little more enjoyable when surrounded by friendly faces. 

Get Some Standing Lamps and Desk Lamps

Changing the lighting setup by replacing existing systems for a fancy LED one is not necessarily easy. It may feel like it’s too much to do at this time and that’s okay. One way to include some interesting lighting without needing to make major changes is by adding some standing lamps and perhaps some desk lamps too.

Standing lamps are tall enough and can be fitted with a lampshade pointing upward to the ceiling to spread light around. If you use coloured light bulbs, then this up light can cast a cooler, relaxing hue that’s ideal for the evening when trying to relax.  

Also, strategically placed desk lamps will boost the lighting level in a space. Ones with decorative lampshades bring character without the overhead. 

Lay Down a Few Rugs

The existing hardwood floors may be all the rage, but they can be cold underfoot especially during the chillier months. If you’ve switched from carpeting in the last year, maybe you’ve noticed this?

Offset that with a rug on the floor. It can bring some much-needed added warmth to your feet. Also, the design introduces a new textured element that’ll complement the existing décor too.

Cover the Old Sofa and Armchairs

Another idea is if you’re not happy with the old sofa or the armchairs but the cost of replacing them is too dear, then consider re-covering options. 

The choices here are either to get a new slipcover made for the seating or to use a throw. The former is more fitting and probably be a better long-term solution. The latter still works to add warmth, a different texture for the hands and legs, and will adequately cover over aging seating.

Updating the interior doesn’t need to be a major project. As we’ve shown above, it’s possible to add some basic interior decorations to introduce new elements. That can also be done very affordably and progressively over some time too. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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