How to Modernise a House on a Budget


When you’re on a budget modernising your home can seem like an impossible task, with the latest interior trends and eye catching products all seeming to incur extra costs.

That’s why we have complied the key areas you can focus on in order to modernise your home on a budget that suits you.

1. Make Space in Your Home

The first step to modernising your home is to create more space, which can sometimes be hard if you have a small house. Creating the illusion of more space doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get rid of belongings or furnishings. In fact adding key storage pieces, although physically taking up room, allows you to develop a more efficient space overall. If you’re not keen on the idea of buying any more furniture you can always just move the pieces you already have around, just don’t be afraid to mix things up a little and explore a new layout.

A great idea, particularly for those of you with smaller spaces, suggested by FreshHome, is to add mirrors around the house. Place your new mirror opposite a window so it can reflect the light and it will create the illusion of a much bigger, open space.

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2. Add Some Light

Lighting is key when considering how to modernise your home. There’s a simple rule you need to remember when re-decorating or moving things around in the home; darkness make things appear smaller and natural light helps things to appear bigger.

With this rule in mind when it comes to lighting don’t be afraid to add more in your rooms. To create varying effects with light be sure to add different levels that complement each other, for example if you have a tall standing lamp in a corner of a room, you could add a table lamp into that space too.

As an alternative, for those of you who are quite DIY savvy, or know a willing volunteer who is, you can always change up the light fixtures and fittings in order to freshen things up!

3. Refresh Those Walls

When it comes to walls there are a few tricks you can do to create a brand new feel in your home, including a simple lick of paint to the walls. If you have your heart set on adding some wallpaper into the mix but are considering selling your home in the near future, be weary of bold colours and patterns as these can sometimes discourage buyers.

Alternatively, a great way of adding texture, colour or pattern to a wall is to use a rug as a piece of wall art. To find out how to do this without damaging the wall or the rug, read our previous blog post on choosing the right rugs as wall art. It tells you all you need to know about using rugs as wall art, including methods and instructions to see you through the whole process.  

4. Don’t Forget Your Floors and Doors

If you have a little more time on your hands, re-sanding floorboards and doors is a great way to modernise your home; it’s really low on cost and creates a brilliant polished effect throughout the house. If you want to add something new to your doors, replacing your doorknobs or handles is an easy and cheap way to spruce things up.

Adding or replacing rugs in your rooms is also a much more cost effective and faster way of modernising your floors. Re-carpeting is definitely something you don’t want to be doing when you’re trying to stick to a budget! Our recent blog post offers 5 ways to update your flooring over a weekend, with a variety of ideas on how you can achieve fresh looking floors at a much lower cost.

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We hope you are feeling inspired and have a few ideas of how you can modernise your home on a budget having read this post! Just remember that the smallest changes can really make a big difference. In need of a little more inspiration? Check out our beautiful collections of rugs, perfect for any floor (or wall) in need of a re-vamp.

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