7 ways to update your new home on a budget

Posted: 12th Feb 2019

Buying a new home will always be incredibly exciting, but not everyone can afford to immediately change up their homeware as much as they may like to

If you find you’re tight on money, it can be hard to transform your space and make it feel your own.

However, there's no need to despair - if you want to decorate your home but are on a budget, these tips from Ashleigh Money Saver could be what you need...

1. Make a priority list

Even before you've started thinking about accessories for your home, you should make a list of the furniture and appliances that you need. This means you don't end up spending money on decorative pieces as opposed to the things you urgently need.

2. Shop savvy

Take the chance to look around your local car boot sales - people normally want to get rid of their items on the day, so you could try to haggle them down. You could even come across beautiful ornaments or pick up some quirky vintage items that could give your home some standout style.

3. Selling sites

Few things can ruin a fresh start in a new home quite like having to find space for your old clutter. This is where selling sites come in - they are a great way to remove any items you don't want before you move. This has the additional advantage of providing extra cash for your furniture and decor too. On the flip side, websites like eBay and Gumtree are ideal for buying everything from furniture to ornaments, while electronics from the top brands will probably be available at a discounted price too.

4. You need to upcycle the furniture you already have

If you are unable to prioritise new pieces of furniture, you could always try upcycling what you have. You could transform your old furniture with a lick of paint, while chalk paint is another popular look right now if you're after a rustic vibe.

Why not cover a plain wooden chair with some colour to achieve a modern, eye-catching look? A tin of paint is a lot cheaper to buy than a new piece of furniture, after all.

There's no need to throw out soft furnishings too - instead, reupholster what you have. All you need to do is choose a fabric and you can then create a one off piece that works with your style.

5. Switch up your flooring

A great way to totally change your room's appearance is by switching up the floor. However, even doing just one room can be expensive, let alone the whole house, particularly when you're buying carpet or tiles.

There are ways around this - you could, for instance, opt for patterned vinyl - it's a much more affordable way of covering up unsightly floorboards, and there are some incredible choices to suit any interior. Alternatively, why not try painting something? You could pull up an old carpet, clean the floorboards, and paint floors with a fresh grey or white - perhaps a pop of colour, if you want to go incredibly bold? This is a great way to reinvent the home and, in the process, brighten the place up.

A statement wall is another great way of giving your room some style, but it can be pricey. If you want to create the same vibe for less, why not buy a stencil online from Amazon, eBay or Etsy? You can then paint around it with an alternative colour to act as a base colour for the same effect at a fraction of the price.

6. Bring the outside in

Does your home feel bare? Perhaps you only have a little bit of money left for ornaments? Well, a great way to inject some colour into your rooms could be through plants.

Currently, there's a huge trend for filling a neutrally toned space with plants - there's a whole choice available at shops like Ikea and B&Q. Even if you're not green fingered and think they're likely to die on your watch, why not opt for fake foliage from stores like Wilko or Primark?

7. Furniture for less

Are you looking for a brand new piece of furniture that will last? Well, it's worth shopping in places like Ikea for the affordable items that are both quick and simple to assemble. You can buy everything from classic styles that will never age, to the more standout furniture that will let you have the latest trends in your home. You should also keep your eyes peeled for any huge sales at stores like ScS when you're looking for soft furnishings.