How to Inject New Life Into A Tired Room (On A Budget!)
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How to Inject New Life Into A Tired Room (On A Budget!)

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It doesn’t take much for a room to suddenly feel tired or outdated. Simply do nothing with it for a few years and it will start to feel a little bit stale. When it gets to this point, you’re probably going to want to take action. Luckily, you don’t need a bottomless budget to breathe new life into a tired room. With a little creativity, resourcefulness, and a touch of flair, you can turn your neglected space into a stylish sanctuary.


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Make a Plan

Before you start, it helps to work out what needs to change to make the space look and feel different. If it’s the kitchen that’s feeling tired, maybe you want to rip it out and start over. Perhaps the layout still works but the style doesn’t. In which case you might want to simply replace the the cupboard doors. If it’s a bedroom, some new wallpaper might do the trick, along with some new bedding and blinds. Whichever room it is, you really should make a plan before you start the refresh. Pinterest is a great tool for gathering your ideas and creating a vision for your room refresh.

Declutter and Clean

A minimal kitchen with no clutter

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It’s important to declutter a space from time to time, particularly if you haven’t changed it for a number of years. You don’t have to be messy or careless to create clutter in a room, it’s very easy for belongings to build up over time. But in order for a room refresh to be successful, you first need to remove all the excess things so that you can clean, and then work out what you will allow back in. Just because you’ve had something for a while or it holds special memories, doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever. As Marie Kondo would advise, thank it for all the joy it has brought you in the past and then release it. You’ll feel so much better having a fresh start.


A woman dipping a paint brush into a paint pot

A lick of paint or some new wallpaper can instantly change the look and feel of a room. It’s probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to completely revamp the space. You can make a huge statement with colour and pattern and really express your personality in the room. It’s natural that our style may change over time so it’s a good idea to make sure you update your room regularly so that it reflects who you are and how you want to feel in your home. If you’re looking to create a calming ambience, consider soft, neutral tones. For a bolder look, a vibrant accent wall can work wonders. Don’t forget to paint the ceiling; it’s an often-overlooked opportunity to add character to a room.

Rearrange the Furniture

A brown living room with large window, green sofa and extremely low coffee table

Paint in Brave Ground by Dulux

You’d be amazed at how much rearranging the furniture in a room can help it feel completely new. Moving your furniture around not only changes how the space looks but how you interact with it. So experiment with different layouts to find the one that maximizes space and flow. Don’t be afraid to move furniture away from walls to create cosy conversation areas. It’s amazing how a simple furniture rearrangement can transform a room.

Switch out Accessories

Artwork gallery wall hung above a brown leather sofa

Bringing in new accessories like cushions, blankets and artwork will immediately refresh your space. Choose different colours, textures and styles and give your room a whole new look. It’s amazing what a drastic change you can make by simply swapping out the images in your gallery wall and replacing your textiles.

Pay Attention to Details

A light switch with textured base plate inspired by nature

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It’s often the little things that make the biggest difference. Invest in stylish hardware for cabinets and drawers, replace outdated switch plates, and add decorative trim or moulding. These small touches can elevate the overall look of your room without breaking the bank.

Add Greenery

Real plants and faux plants on a shelf with a mirror behind

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Adding some new plant life can rejuvenate any room in your home. After all, greenery is quite literally life itself, so it’s hard to argue that nature is almost always the best decorative item. Of course, you might not wish to add an indoor living wall, but a nice potted plant, cacti collection, or even floral wallpaper can work well. Greenery is about reconnecting to the outside world, which is good for our mental health and wellbeing and helps to boost our mood.

Shop Smart

As I said, doing a room refresh doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you need to purchase new items, be a savvy shopper. Look for sales, discounts, and clearance items. Online marketplaces and local charity shops can also be treasure troves for budget-friendly finds. Keep an eye out for quality pieces that align with your design vision.

Transforming a room on a budget is not only achievable but also immensely rewarding. By following these tips and infusing your unique personality into your design choices, you can create a space that feels fresh and inviting.

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