Interior design, if done well, can change your mood, however as exciting as it is, it can also be quite a daunting task. There are so many things to consider and it is easy to get frustrated, especially when the image of the perfect living room in your head isn’t being represented in reality after many attempts. If have you ever wanted to decorate your home, be it your living room, bedroom or study, you will have noticed that most interior design guides you have tried following are not catered to those on a budget. However, there is no reason for that to be the case in todays day and age, with so many manufacturers and products available. It’s very possible to spruce up your living space without breaking the bank.

The process of having to sift through the number of sites and items available could be laborious, so here are some things that you could do to change any room into something you have been visualizing without needing to use every last cent in the piggy bank.

Use up that wall space

Many people would look at a room and think only of the horizontal space available. But take a look at your walls and you’ll realize how much untapped vertical space you have. One thing that could be added to your walls are paintings, yet their value isn’t completely understood very often. Every room needs a focal point, this is one of the fundamental principles of interior design. Not only will a painting or wall art easily fill that role, but it could give anyone entering the room an idea of what to expect, as well as giving the room personality and character. If you’re unsure of where to look for something to give your room a centerpiece, would be a good place to start as they offer diverse and affordable wall art, without skimping on quality. Another idea could be putting up a silverware tray to display jewelry. The beauty of doing something like this is costume jewelry can used because the purpose of this display is wall art, not a display of wealth.

Add mood lighting

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of interior design as it reflects the purpose of a room. If you want to create an intimate space that radiates relaxation, then you would use dim and indirect lighting. If you want to create a space that promotes productivity and activates the brain, then you would use bright and direct lighting. However, other than being an inexpensive way of changing the mood of a room, it can also highlight the features of a room. By using accent lighting, such as chandeliers, fairy lights or table lamps, you can highlight the walls or architectural elements. More than that, it can also accentuate wall art or that centerpiece you have so carefully chosen. Task lighting is used to highlight the particulars of your room, such as your dining table, couches or sofas. In addition, lighting can create illusions of space which is incredibly important. The correct lighting can either add or remove from the overall colors of a room. Lighter colors make a room feel larger, while darker colors make a room feel cramped.


An extremely cost-effective way of creating a space that draws attention to the eye and removes confusion is repetition. It can be quite a lengthy process but is ultimately rewarding in the end as your choice in carpets, color schemes, decorations and furniture will all impact the overall result. To achieve repetition, you don’t have to choose only one color for the color scheme, but you should not mix and match colors. Having two colors that work well together, repeated throughout the space will provide enough variety while maintaining a rhythm. If you choose to use wall art that utilizes a striped pattern, repeat that pattern on the other side of the room with a pillow. You also don’t have to make the repetition obvious. You can repeat patterns like wood and leather. Essentially if you use an element, repeat that element again in a slightly different way. Doing this will lead the eye from one end of the room to another without any effort.

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