Update your living space (without changing your overdraft limit!)

Update your living space (without changing your overdraft limit!)

*This is a collaborative post 

Is money tight but you want to redecorate your home? If you’ve been on maternity leave like me, you need every penny that you can scramble together. However, if you’re at home more often you’ll more than likely want to change it up and redecorate, but it can be expensive. There are some simple ways to do it that won’t break the bank. So, if you are feeling like you’re living in a home that needs a refresh, but you just don’t have the finances, let’s give you some pointers;

living room


This is arguably the easiest way to reinvigorate a space. Colour is the easy way to do it- just get a few tins of paint, and find the colour to suit your mood. But, for some people, they have to go for the most expensive tins of paint, and this can be costly. However, if painting is too much of a task for you, or you rent your property, you can get a piece of art for your living room; this is a decent balance because it directs your attention to a new focal point.

Create a new focal point

Creating new focal points can be about adding a talking point into the living room, but if you don’t have the money, all you have to do is move everything around. Just because we set up a room in a specific way doesn’t mean it has to stay that way! The best way to change the appearance of a room without adding new items to it is to change the focal point, which is usually a couch, which can go in another area of the room. And most modern living room furniture is compact enough to move around, so if you are looking for a way to make your home look different, try this.


You’re looking to save money? Well, by removing items from your living space could earn you a few pretty pennies if you decide to sell a few things. A minimalist approach to setting up your living space makes a lot of room, but it also helps make a space breathe. By removing a few items, you may get a better appreciation for the space you live in. If you have a lot of items piled up, and it can feel somewhat cramped, going minimalist will be a great solution.

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Add small touches

Small touches are cheap and easy. Add rugs or throws, and it revitalises a space, adds a different style, and creates layers and texture. By adding chunky rugs in the winter and colourful curtains in the summer, you are immediately changing up your space, putting more colour into it, and changing the feel.

Invigorating a space doesn’t require you to change a lot. In fact, a few simple touches will do more than enough. So, try it now. You’ll find that you make a big impact in the space. Whether it’s a small space you can go minimalist, or in a big space where you can alter the focal points, but whatever your goal, you don’t have to burn a hole in your purse.

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. Monika @ ispace1.com
    28/07/2018 / 2:24 am

    i loved your article, maximize the looks with the bare minimum as beauty lies in simplicity

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