If you’ve just settled into your new home, you’ll no doubt want to add your personal touch to the interior.  Understandably however, your decorating budget may be tight after making the new home purchase.  So how do you personalise your home and create a space you love without breaking the bank?  

Budget friendly interior decorating ideas 

Sometimes the simplest solutions can have the biggest impact. Here are some clever ways to transform every room in your home on a budget.
1. Review what you already have
It costs nothing to rethink and reshape the current layout of your room. Review what you already have and consider whether everything is still loved and necessary.  Donate or throw out what is no longer working for you, and then try simply moving a few pieces around. Decluttering can give you new perspective and a fresh approach to a room.
2. Update your soft furnishings
If you can’t afford a new sofa, why not update your cushions? There are so many styles and fabrics available, many at very low cost, that will instantly jazz up your space.  Be sure to take inspiration from the overall colour palette of the home, or try something a little bespoke and create a talking point; you’ll find inexpensive but one-of-a-kind pieces at craft markets and vintage stores. Throw rugs and blankets work equally well to make a space feel new and fresh, and you won’t have to spend a fortune.
3. A splash of colour
A lick of paint is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to give your home an instant lift.  Whether you opt for a bold statement in the form of a feature wall, or decide on a stylish two-tone scheme, you are guaranteed to feel uplifted by your new look.  There’s nothing quite like the look and smell of fresh paint!
4. Turn up the lights
The right lighting can transform the mood of a home instantly.  And the good news is lights don’t have to cost much to be effective and to look amazing.  Why not buy fresh shades for your bedside lamps? Or try replacing the mismatched table lamps, with stylish matching ones.  Always ensure you use similar globes throughout a living space  - ie. warm or cool light - so that there is a sense of unity.
 
5. Recover and renew
Instead of splashing out on a new couch or armchair, why not give your existing piece a makeover by re-covering it in a new fabric?  Be a little daring and see how a simple chair can be completely transformed into a statement piece.  You can also create cushions in the same fabric to be tie the look together throughout the room.  It’s possible to find an interesting secondhand chair in excellent used condition at a vintage store and then give it a new lease on life. 
6. Mirror mirror on the wall
Mirrors are a cost-effective alternative to works of art and can be used to make a space feel larger and lighter.  Mixing and matching different styles brings a certain elegance to a room.
7. Cluster of objects
For a budget decorator touch, try grouping candles together, particularly on a spacious surface like a coffee table or hall table. The larger the surface, the larger the candles should be. Group four or five pillars of different heights (same colour) in various glass containers.
8. Rugs
Rugs are an effective way of defining a space or area within a room, and can also add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral interior design scheme.  They are also a great way to protect your floors from heavy foot traffic and furniture legs.
 

What is my interior decorating style?

Impressive interior design need not break the bank.  Decorating on a budget is certainly possible if you take your time to wait for the sales, get savvy at vintage and secondhand stores, and reconsider (and perhaps re-mode) what you already own.  But before you go ahead and purchase anything, you need to think what your interior decorating style actually is.  Are you going for modern and sleek? Coastal and beachy? Formal and elegant?  Don’t make the mistake of purchasing pieces on impulse without considering the overall style of your new home interior.  The best way to achieve a cohesive look on a budget is to first carefully plan what interior decorating style you’re after, then find pieces that work together.

Get started today. Head over to Metricon's Inspiration page for plenty of styling hints and tips for updating your interior. Explore the Gallery to search for inspiration room by room, or visit Lookbook to find the perfect colour scheme and style to suit your personal taste.