Buying your own house is all fun and games until you don’t have enough money to decorate how you would like. I know that many people who rent a home have this problem, where they want to make a room look completely different, but aren’t allowed to make any cosmetical changes.
Earlier in the year, I made a list of everything I wanted to change about our home, but we just haven’t got the money or time to do it. However, when we moved in, our home was an empty shell with neutral colours throughout, so we had to put quite a lot of effort in to make each room cosy as well as trying to incorporate our very different personalities.
With this in mind, I thought I would list some of my tips to help turn your house into a home without having to paint walls as well as if you don’t have thousands of pounds to spend.
A Pop of Colour
If you are stuck with neutral coloured walls, there is nothing like a pop of colour to brighten the space up. This can be done by incorporating bright colours in all types of household items such as your kitchen appliances. For example, our bedroom was rather boring, but I have an obsession with mustard yellow, so I decided to pair it with a light grey just to brighten the room up by purchasing a throw for the bed and cushions.
Our kitchen was pretty basic before I let my boyfriend pick the colour theme for that room. His favourite colour is green, so I said he could do what he liked with the kitchen, and of course, he decided to buy each appliance in lime green. To be honest, green used to be my least favourite colour, but it does work really well in this space.
Soft furnishings such as cushions, sofas, curtains and even rugs can really make a room feel super cosy. I was lucky enough to be sent a rug from the Land of Rugs to use in my kitchen; this is the only room which has laminate flooring at the moment (of course we had to get it in green). This rug really completes the room, and is incredibly soft; it is going to be perfect for those colder mornings. It was sent out super quick, and I was so surprised how cheap it was too (I was always put off as this can be one of the more costly furnishings for your home). The quality is actually incredible, and when I finally get around to putting laminate in my lounge, I will definitely use them again as they have such a huge selection.
Artwork and Pictures
One way to make a space much more personal is to fill the walls with some of your favourite pictures as well as artwork. Throughout our home, you will find a lot of random things on the wall, such as Harry Potter quotes, metal artwork and some pictures that my sister created for me. We have a few photos in the lounge and a photo frame which has been on the wall since we moved in which I am yet to put any actual photos in!
I got a lot of my artwork from Etsy as I love supporting smaller businesses, but the metal pieces were from Dunelm- I am always on a budget, so I try and get everything as cheap as I can.
We definitely have a long way to go in terms of decorating, but I love what we have achieved so easily already just through small bits and pieces. At the moment, the kitchen is one of my favourite rooms due to the ‘hint’ of green throughout as it really makes the space feel more homely; and of course, the rug completes the room!
If you have any tips for me or want to tell me how you have managed to make your house a home, then please leave a comment below!
This post is a collaboration where money or goods were exchanged for it to be published, however, all opinions are my own.