Interior Design on a Budget
With the cost of renting at an all time high, the dream of buying a first house is still beyond reach for lots of millennials with the cost of living not showing any sign of getting cheaper and the average weekly pay decreasing in the final quarter of 2017. Many of us are stuck renting for the foreseeable future until we can cobble together the amount needed for a mortgage deposit while forgoing avocado toast and fancy coffee (apparently), there's no reason you can't update your rented pad with some budget-friendly décor ideas.
A Lick of Paint
Simple, obvious and very effective. If you're lucky enough to have a landlord that lets you have free reign over décor then choosing a bold new colour, trendy patterned wallpaper or creating a feature wall is a great way to make your home feel new and stylish. If your walls are looking a bit grubby and tired, ask your landlord to have the place freshened up with new paint when it comes time to renew your lease. If your landlord is putting the rent up, ask that they do something in return for the increased rent by painting some new life into your home. If you don't ask, you don't get.
Have a Clear Out
How many of us pack our living spaces with odds and ends and lots of useless bits of junk? Rethink how your home works for you and experiment with rearranging the furniture for a new look by making use of what you have and paring back all the unnecessary things that may be cluttering up your space. Drop off anything you don't need at a local charity shop or recycling centre for bonus sustainability points. One girl's trash and all that.
Light it Up
The lighting you choose can make a great impact, even in the most basic or cramped of places. Update a tired lamp with a new shade or add some string lights for a twinkling finish. Clash printed lamps or unite with one colour to make everything look planned out and polished.
Get Some Cushions
Fast, cheap and stylish. Change the look of your home instantly with a quick cushion swap. Scour your favourite spots like IKEA or Zara Home for new covers for your old cushions. Make a statement with print or go for trend-driven style with tactile textures. Layer cushions on your bed for a hotel inspired-finish that costs nothing.
Placing decorative mirrors around your home is a simple way to create a lighter, airier space and gives the illusion of a bigger room. Add a couple of mirrors to a wall for some bespoke artwork that no one else will have.