Money Matters Team

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

By Money Matters Team 30/06/2016

So you've just moved in together. Here's 8 smart solutions to make it look beautiful on a budget. Don't worry, we won't tell if you won't...

Create a colour scheme

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One of you might like floral prints and the other might like check, but if the two of you can agree on a colour scheme that you both love, that's a fabulous compromise. Stuck? Try monochrome as a perfect compromise plus you can add some colour pop cushions. Monochrome mugs from Sainsbury’s will do the job if you can’t be bothered to decorate; £10 for four, you just can’t go wrong. Matching bowls and plates are also available. 

Whip out the paintbrush

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Posh paint may be all the rage but why not do the smart thing. Paint your walls crisp white (using Dulux, £13, from Sainsbury’s) and then create a cool colour effect using wall stencils or stickers.

Whether it’s an empowering quote, or a funky design, this will totally transform your space. Hit up Icon Wall Stickers to find the perfect design for the pair of you - and it could cost as little as £8.

Style up with cushions. Lots and lots of cushions.

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No cash for a new sofa? Buy some throws and cushions instead and give your couch a new lease of life. Hit the high-street for some great picks that will reflect current fashion trends. On trend and on budget. Result. We're loving this Moroccan Blue Diamond Cushion from Sainsbury’s - it’s got a cool bohemian vibe.

Benches as coffee tables

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Who says a footstool has to be for outside use? We say swap the fancy coffee tables and bring your outdoor furniture inside. This one from BSO is ideal - perfect and way cheaper than a regular old coffee table. 

Just add flowers

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Nothing beats fresh flowers but there is a huge range of gorgeous artificial blooms that look as good as the real thing and last forever! Invest in artificial poppies, peonies or orchids – always stylish and last all season. 

Lighten the mood

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Cool lighting is a must! The next big thing in lighting is message lights - uber stylish because they spell out a cool message against a lit-up backdrop. It won’t break your budget – these beauts start from £35 and you can personalise them too, genius!

Get real personal

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No time to make a photo collage? A new website called Cheerz can create a poster containing 35 photos (which can be taken from your Instagram or your desktop) and put in a lovely display - which you can re-arrange should you wish. What’s more, they add it to a frame and deliver it to your house! Prices start from £16. Easy. 

Get arty

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Sometimes it's all about getting creative! And if you want a designer look, you have to create it yourself. How about buying a regular table and chairs and then paint parts of the legs a different colour? Let Dulux show you how, and believe us, it revamps the regular furniture to a whole new level.

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