Small Home Tweaks: Maximum Style, Minimal Budget

We’ve all been there before: staring at the same tired walls every day, looking around your furniture and decor, wishing you can snap your fingers and a brand new room appears before you. While makeover television shows would have you believe you could only fall in love with your home again if you completely clear it out and start from scratch, nothing can be further from the truth.

There are plenty of tweaks you can make with your existing decor and furniture and simply DIYs nearly anyone can undertake that will give your home the refresh it deserves without breaking the bank. It simply requires a bit of thinking outside of the box as well as a bit of imagination. Our tips today will help you see how little changes can create a big impace and how you can create maximum style even on a minimal budget.

Bring the Outdoors In


One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your home is by bringing nature indoors. Have a look around your backyard – are there flowering branches on a tree that can be clipped and placed in a glass jar on your table? Can you snip a few fresh flowers for your coffee table? Even a single large leaf in a vase can create an eye-catching display in any space.

If you have any green-fingered friends, ask if you can have small cuttings from their healthy plants to create your own urban jungle at home too. Growing herbs from seed is not too difficult either but it is rather satisfying as well as inexpensive. Line them up along a sunny kitchen window to bring new life and light into your home.

Paint the Walls

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Paint is one of the singularly biggest ways to achieve maximum impact on a small budget. In a weekend and for less than $50, you can transform a tired space into one you’ll love spending time in. Consider painting a room that doesn’t get a lot of light a darker shade like indigo or emerald green to create a cozy space that envelops you or tone down a bold bright colour you’ve tired of with something calm and soothing in a pale grey or soft pink instead.

DIY your own ‘Wallpaper’

Apartment Therapy Creating Your Own Wallpaper Stencil
Apartment Therapy

Adding color and pattern to a room can easily be done with the use of wallpaper but if you are working with a tight budget, consider the beauty of stencils instead. You can create your own out of a sheet of plastic which can be purchased at a hobby or craft store and either draw your own pattern and cut it out or buy them pre-cut. While it’s more intensive than hanging wallpaper, you have the freedom to mix the colours you want to use and create a pattern all your own.

If you are looking for tips, check out this article by Ashley Poskin on Apartment Therapy which outlines the exact steps to create your own.

Update Your Cushions


If your sofa is looking a bit tired, you can easily add some pattern, color and/or texture to distract the eye with some new cushion covers. If you don’t want to spend much, consider looking around your home. A cute slogan teeshirt, a jumper that no longer fits or a pretty towel can all be transformed in a matter of hours into a new cushion cover.

Don’t have a sewing machine? Don’t worry – you don’t need one. Check out Thrift Diver’s fantastic tutorial for creating cushion covers using iron-on tape.

Accessorize with What You Already Have


If your home is in need of some new accessories, shop your own home before going to your local big box retailer. Pretty jars picked up for a song in your local thrift shop, the old camera given to you by your uncle, pretty costume jewellery, postcards from your travels, collections of wine corks you’ve saved from special moments in your life – they can all be used to accessorize and bring personality into your home. Group objects together on trays or a shelf with some books to create an interesting display.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways to refresh your home without having to spend a lot of money! If you are looking for more quick tips on updating your home, be sure to check out our post on 9 Ways to Transform Blank Walls in Under 9 Minutes!


Image Credits: Apartment Therapy

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