Freshen up on a bud­get,

Lit­tle touches can make all the dif­fer­ence – and you re­ally don’t have to spend a lot to make a change, says SAM WYLIE-HAR­RIS

Gloucestershire Echo - - PROPERTY&LIVING -

STYLING up your favourite space might take a lit­tle in­spi­ra­tion and creative know-how - but it re­ally doesn’t have to cost a for­tune. In fact, once you’ve honed in on a few functional pieces, jazzy tex­tiles and quirky de­cos, a swift up­date or quick-fix re­fresh can be much more play­ful and fun than blow­ing the bud­get on state­ment fur­nish­ings. “Up­dat­ing your home doesn’t have to be costly; in fact, there are plenty of sim­ple up­dates that can be achieved on a bud­get,” says Claire Hornby, head of creative at Barker and Stone­house (barkerand­sone­house.co.uk). “Whilst some might think you have to com­pletely over­haul your home in or­der to give it a fresh lease of life, adding new pieces of fur­ni­ture, or even ac­ces­sories, can in­spire a whole new trend for your home. “Wall art is a great way to inject a sense of per­son­al­ity – by mix­ing and match­ing dif­fer­ent prints, per­sonal photos and mir­rors you can not only bring a plain wall to life but also cre­ate the il­lu­sion of space with the use of mir­rors,” adds Claire. Another ap­proach is to in­tro­duce some new soft fur­nish­ings, such as cush­ions or rugs. And if you’re look­ing to make a state­ment, a bold pat­tern or colour can go a long way. Fi­nally, for many of us, introducin­g el­e­ments of nat­u­ral life into the home is of the ut­most im­por­tance. As Claire points out: “Adorn­ing your home with plants not only gives your room a lift but it also helps to im­prove your over­all well­be­ing.” We trawled the shops for this sea­son’s best bar­gain buys for a speedy home up­date...

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