11 fab home improvements that cost less than an iPhone

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11 fab home improvements that cost less than an iPhone

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Ventanas de estilo  por Roundhouse Architecture Ltd, Rural
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We all want that perfectly beautiful and impressive home that wows guests and family alike, but what if the home improvement budget is a touch tight? If there's one thing that everyone always seems to be able to find some spare cash for, it's a new phone, which is why we've taken the time to discover some simple home improvements techniques that will all cost less to implement than a new phone would be to buy! From adding some extra functionality to your kitchen, through to making your living room a whole lot more contemporary, we've got some amazing ideas, right here, that any interior designer would approve of, so let's get started!

1. Build a breakfast bar.

This can be as simple as purchasing an extra length of worktop and fixing it to your existing cabinets, but the impact will be incredible! Everybody loves a breakfast bar and adding informal dining space to your home is a great selling point too. Bar stools are reasonably priced and finish the project perfectly.

2. Invest in some new leafy friends.

Pasillos y vestíbulos de estilo  por Alfagrama estudio, Moderno
Alfagrama estudio

Macetera divisoria entre recibidor y sala

Alfagrama estudio

It's surprising how costly plants can actually be, but if you focus on easy to look after varieties that grow to a decent size, you'll get some serious style for your money! We love large palms and similar styles, in hallways, as they create such a welcoming ambience.

4. Display some treasured items.

Simple floating shelves are cheap to either buy or make, easy to install and give you a natural focal point for displaying some personal collections and belongings that you really love. They look great in any room too, so wherever you need more storage, floating shelves should be considered.

3. Paint your front door.

Ventanas de estilo  por Roundhouse Architecture Ltd, Rural
Roundhouse Architecture Ltd

Old School House, Glen Dye, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Roundhouse Architecture Ltd

A tin of exterior wood paint certainly won't break the bank, but it will up the aesthetic value of your home, instantly. How about mixing up a custom or more unusual colour? We're not saying you have to choose Tiffany blue, but you can't deny that it looks great here!

5. Add a few new plants to the garden.

If you're adding plants to the inside of your home, don't forget to give your outdoor space a little thought as well! You don't need to go crazy and invest in an overhaul project, but a few bright blooms or new trees will make a big difference to how your garden looks and feels.

6. Update your textile accessories.

Salas / recibidores de estilo  por Talisma, Ecléctico

Sala por Talisma


Have you ever noticed just how quickly rugs and cushions can get a little grubby and, dare we say it, unfashionable? Why not take a look at what the current trends are in terms of interior colours and patterns and look to update your rugs, cushions and even curtains accordingly? 

7. Modern media units are a must!

Cuartos de estilo  por DIN Interiorismo , Moderno
DIN Interiorismo

Paugui – DIN Interiorismo

DIN Interiorismo

If your TV has been languishing on an old fashioned dresser or sideboard, it's time to get to your local flatpack furniture outlet to buy some modern modular units! Available in a myriad of colours and all designed to slot together, you can create something contemporary and very personal.

8. Curate some unusual artistic displays.

Don't get us wrong; you won't be able to buy a Picasso for less than an iPhone, but you definitely can make your own art or hang things you already have in a more striking way! Try to let go of formal display aesthetics and let the art dictate the order of things and you'll find yourself admiring it so much more!

9. Try some seasonal touches for the terrace.

Terrazas de estilo  por Erika Winters® Design, Rústico
Erika Winters® Design

Choapan Decor by Erika Winters®Design

Erika Winters® Design

Whether you need some new terrace furniture or just fancy adding some fairy lights, to up the ambience a little, always work with the season in mind. Simple wooden furniture is great for summer, but will need a lot of looking after in winter and solar lights might not be too effective in the darker months either, so you might want some that can be plugged in!

10. Embrace a little mood lighting.

The great thing about mood lighting is that it can be staggeringly cheap to get right! Whether you opt for a couple of table laps, a dimmer switch for your main light or even some good old fashioned candles, changing the light in your home as the evening draws in is a charming way to give it more appeal.

11. Get a little gallery inspiration.

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If you simply adore art, why not commit yourself fully to your passion and turn a plain old hallway into a home gallery? Curate the pieces as you wish and the add some focussed lighting, to really show off your collection. Talk about home décor with serious wow factor!

For more easy home improvements, take a look at this Ideabook: Cheap 'n easy home upgrades (part one).

Casas de estilo  por Casas inHAUS, Moderno

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