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Beautiful Builds on a Budget

Beautiful Builds on a Budget

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 15.08.54A beautiful home doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Whether it’s refurbishing your living room or a bedroom upgrade, there are plenty of budget ideas you can utilise if you want a great looking home that is affordable, functional and also stylish. After all, would you prefer to pay an incredible amount of money for what is essentially a wooden table with a brand name, or would you prefer something cheaper that looks great, feels sturdy and has extra functionality?

If you want to put together a house and furnish it without breaking the bank, here are some great tips for you to follow.

Kitchen addons

There are many budget kitchen ideas floating around the internet, but a fresh coat of paint is arguably the most room-defining change you could make without splashing out a lot of cash. Get some painting equipment, a light shade of paint such as pastel colour, cover your appliances and then get working! Repainting a room does take a long time if you want to have multiple coats of paint to prevent it from flaking off easily and looking horrible, so you might want to invest a weekend or more into this type of project or hire a contractor to do the work for you.

Getting creative

The definition of beauty varies from person to person. There’s no denying that a lot of expensive designer furniture looks and works great, but there are times when you can get creative with your home improvements to create something that is stylish, functional and cost a fraction of the price. For starters, you can mix cheap flat pack furniture from IKEA to create custom pieces of furniture that will blow designer furniture out of the water. These IKEA hacks are immensely popular among DIY enthusiasts, and with a bit of creativity and some DIY skills, you could create something unique and wonderful.

For instance, you could start with a regular table and turn it into a custom-built workspace with the help of some soft close drawer slides to create several drawers to store documents and equipment. Or you can use wall-mounted rails to create a height-adjustable desk that can be used both standing and sitting—there are countless ideas!

Smart buys

Let’s admit it; designer furniture is far too expensive for regular buyers. Although we can afford to have a designer centrepiece here and there in our homes, it’s probably not a good idea to splash on brand names for everything in your home. If you do your research, you could pick up some wonderful bits of furniture from unknown brands or local boutique stores that offer similar quality, style and functional for just a fraction of the price of a designer brand.

If you care about your home, then there are times when you need to sit down and do a lot of research and browsing to find the perfect piece of furniture for your home. Occasionally that will involve looking around furniture stores, browsing online communities or even searching through discount furniture stores.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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