How often do we look round our homes and think, "I wish I could spruce things up a bit ... if I only had money"? Well, brightening up a home certainly doesn’t have to break bank. Follow my tips on how to give your home a lift without having to spend a fortune;
1; Freshen up your rooms with scented candles. As well as providing fragrant aromas, candles also add a magical ambience to rooms.
2; Cut a 5cm square from a small sponge. Using a tester paint pot, sponge a row of squares round centre of your room. Above this, sponge a second row, to make a check pattern. A third row can be added if desired, and different colours used for a more dramatic effect. MUCH cheaper than wallpaper border.
3; Cover plain cushions with fabric remnants of either brightly coloured fabric, fake fur, or elegant chenille or velvet.
4; Give shelves a pretty look using gingham fabric made into a runner, edged with lace.
5; Buy four greetings cards designed by same artist. They could be romantic, abstract, modern etc. Frame them in cheap clip frames, and display together.
6; Have a two or three tester sized, jewel bright, paint colours mixed at your local DIY superstore. Zing up your accessories, such as picture frames, plant pots, or paintwork.