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Updating your home without breaking the bank

January 22nd 2014
By: Melanie Hollidge

The best way to tackle updating your home’s design is to set a clear budget and style and keep to it. Create a mood board by finding photos of items you like on the web, and in magazines and cutting them out and sticking them on a piece of board.  Channel 4 have a free on-line scrap booking page, where you can use their designs and ideas to create your own mood board.
 
If you choose one item for its design or colour you can then reflect this through the rest of your room or home, turquoises and blues are this spring’s colours; inject this theme into your home by changing your cushion covers or by fitting new curtains, which will bring your home’s design bang up to date without breaking the bank.
 
Once you have established the style you would like in your home, check out the free sites in your area. You will be surprised at what people are prepared to give away on sites such as Gumtree.com. This week in the Surrey area homeowners are giving away items such as wood, coffee tables, mirrors and even upright pianos. Finding free items is a bit of a game of luck, so if you are looking for a specific item then try to check free sites a few times a week.
 
There are other sites available such as Preloved where second hand items cost a fraction of what it would cost to buy them new. If you would like to find reasonably priced second hand furniture that you can up-cyle, here are some shops in the Surrey area: http://www.yell.com/s/secondhand+furniture-surrey.html
 
The most important thing is to enjoy designing your new room or home, and remembering that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look good.
 
If you are thinking of selling your home and would like some feedback on its presentation, then please contact your local branch of Goodfellows.