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A change in the seasons heralds new interior design trends and after spending so much time at home over the last few months, it’s important to make sure that the space around you sparks as much joy as possible.

We’ve pulled together our top tips for refreshing your home on a budget, just in time for Summer!


Must-have metals

Whether it’s gold or silver or a more neutral option such as cast iron, a big trend this year is incorporating metallic finishes into your furniture or furnishings. However, it can be a bit of a budget-blower to invest in high-quality metal goods, so why not try your hand at spray painting? Plenty of retailers such as The Range, B&M, and even Amazon sell long-lasting furniture spray paints at an extremely affordable price. The lower price tag means that you can experiment with metallics without worrying about breaking the bank!

If you fancy trying something more adventurous, why not mix your metals? To avoid clashing, remember to choose one dominant tone alongside subtle pops of another.


Feeling blue

Inspired by Pantone’s 2020 Colour of The Year ‘Classic Blue’, rich navy blue shades are extremely sophisticated when injected correctly throughout your home. If you want to make the most of this versatile colour without having to commit to paint, be sure to update your soft furnishings. 

Stores such as IKEA offer great options for cushion covers, throws and home accessories that will enable you to update the pieces you already have, on a budget.

Alternatively, add sprinkles of colour throughout your home by upcycling tired, old furniture you already have. After all, a bit of DIY never hurt anybody.


Traditional twists in a modern home

Traditional twists can come in many forms and this year’s comeback king is antique-inspired home accessories. But how do you do this without spending over the odds? Easy. Delve through second-hand stores online or explore your local charity shop when it opens and try and find some pre-loved goodies. After all, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.


Upgrade your garden furniture

What’s a Summer BBQ without some comfy garden furniture to collapse in after a few too many burgers? The middle aisle of bargain supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi have some great Rattan garden sets that are a lot more affordable than the ones you see on Instagram.

But don’t be afraid to use what you already have. If that sad wooden bench in the garden has seen better days, then a thorough sanding and a fresh lick of paint will make it look as good as new! 

Another great way to zhuzh up your garden is to bring the inside out. Using old cushions and blankets from the living room or bedroom on garden furniture can really add a homely feel.

Bonus tip: Use Pinterest to find inspiration and create mood boards for your home and garden ideas.


70s style

A big trend this year in both fashion and interior design is all things 70s. A fool-proof way of hitting the mark here is to embrace warm hues of yellow, orange, and brown. Again, soft furnishings are a really accessible way of doing this without hurting the bank balance. 

Texture also plays a key part in achieving a throwback 70s look -so be sure to experiment with shaggy cushions, faux fur, and fringe detailing. Supermarkets such as Aldi have fantastic cheaper alternatives for pieces such as faux sheepskin rugs – perfect for adding a retro feel to any room.


Abstract, colourful art

Finding good pieces of art can be expensive, so we’ve found a way of adorning your walls on a budget and the best part is, you only need 4 things!

 

  • A canvas (blank or a block colour)
  • Tin(s) of colourful paint
  • Rope
  • Plastic sheeting/newspaper


Firstly, lay plastic sheeting or newspaper onto a surface with the canvas on top. We recommend the garage floor or the garden – basically anywhere where you don’t mind the occasional rogue splash of paint.

Then, drill a hole in the bottom of your tin of paint and tie the rope to the handle. Next, stand at a height above the canvas either on a chair or garden wall and gently swing the paint tin from side to side – letting the paint drip and splatter onto the canvas. Finally, leave the canvas to dry and you will be left with your very own one-of-a-kind piece of art! Remember to experiment with colours and directions to make your canvas colourful and abstract.

 

Hopefully, our tips have given you some inspiration for your home and garden. Now is your chance to utilise your spare time and get the whole family involved in a spot of DIY. If you use any of these tips, be sure to tag us on social media – we’d love to see how you’ve refreshed your home this Summer!