5 cost-effective ways to upgrade your home design

Getting tired of your home décor but lacking the funds for a full-scale revamp? Fear not: there are many simple and inexpensive ways to give your property a brand-new look and feel. Whether you are seeking to put your stamp on an inherited design scheme or simply switch up the mood of your rooms, you can achieve impressive results with these cost-effective home design upgrades.

Refresh your paint

One of the easiest ways to give your home a lift is to refresh your paint. 

If you are in an older property, be sure to prepare the walls before painting to ensure a smooth and even finish. Also, bear in mind that darker colors will need to be covered with coats of white before you apply your new shade. New houses are a great blank canvas but be sure the walls are fully dried out before attempting decorating. It usually takes nine months once the building is complete. 

Create a feature wall

As part of your painting project, why not create a feature wall? Giving one wall its own unique décor is a great way to add character to a room and works best in the living room or bedroom. 

There are several ways to approach making a feature wall. The easiest method is to apply a contrasting paint colour which has the added benefit of creating depth. Alternatively, you could introduce pattern and dimension by adding decorative wallpaper to one section instead. If you prefer to have uniform walls, a bold picture, fabric hanging, or collection of photographs is another option.

Repurpose furniture

Changing up your furnishings is another easy way to totally transform your home interiors – and it can be less expensive than you might think. 

For those on a budget, it is best to repurpose furniture rather than buy brand-new pieces. This has the added benefit of being better for the environment. You can pick up pre-owned pieces at local charity warehouses or via specialist websites and social media. You could also upcycle existing furniture: a trend for 2023 is to strip back wooden furniture to showcase its natural beauty, or you could add a lick of paint for a pop of color.

Focus on lighting

An even more straightforward way to change the mood of a room is to focus on the lighting. 

The simple act of adding a dimmer switch to ceiling lights transforms the strong glare into a soft glow, creating a more calming atmosphere ideal for evenings. This mood can be achieved by introducing table and floor lamps as well. Ensure that the lamps are strategically scattered throughout the room to avoid ending up with dark corners or gloomy areas.  

Introduce plants

Perhaps the most simple but still effective way to upgrade your home design is to introduce plants.

As well as being attractive to the eye, greenery helps to oxygenate the property and has been proven to boost mental well-being. Make sure to choose the right kind of plants: these should be indoor varieties and suited to the natural light levels of each of your rooms.


  • Jeremy Treutel

    Jeremy Treutel is a 25-year-old home design blogger from the Midwest. He started blogging in early 2013 as a way to share his passion for design and architecture with the world. Jeremy has written about a wide range of topics, from small home renovations to larger home redesigns. He is also a regular contributor to various home design magazines. Jeremy is a self-taught designer and builder, and he loves using his blog as a way to share his own creative ideas and projects with readers.

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