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Tips for smartening your home whilst on a budget

You don’t have to spend serious amounts of cash or take hours re-organising your belongings when it comes to smartening up your home. Winkworth takes a look at how to make your house appear more presentable while on a budget.

You don't have to spend serious amounts of cash or take hours re-organising your belongings when it comes to smartening up your home. Winkworth takes a look at how to make your house appear more presentable while on a budget.

Flowers and scents

Using flowers and greenery to bring the outside indoors is an interior trend rapidly on the rise and a great way to liven up a neutral space. However, continuously purchasing fancy bouquets every week can become pricey. Instead, growing your own ferns and houseplants during the warmer months can be a great way to save money and improve air quality. Investing in a scented candle is a great way to perfume your home as they last longer than flowers and can change the mood of a home; we love Diptyque and Daylesford.

Wall Decor

Wall decals and mirrors add catchy touches to bare walls without having to spend on expensive hangings or paintings. The owners of this three-bed property in Little Venice used their creative flare by adding brick-shaped mirrors to their dining room feature wall.

Warwick Place, W9

Three bed property in Little Venice

£3,250,000 freehold

Please contact Winkworth St Johns Wood on 020 7586 7001 for more information.

Clever Furnishings

Scratched flooring, paint and stains on your furnishings don't mean you need to replace the carpet or buy a new sofa. Carefully placed rugs, throws and blankets can easily cover up any damage without needing to redecorate.

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Lighting is key to the feel of a home and just changing the light bulbs can have a big impact on the ambiance of a property. Soft bulbs with a yellow or red undertone should be used in places such as the living room or bedroom to create a sense of calm, while brighter bulbs that emit a blue undertone are more suited to study spaces and bathrooms.

Hill Brow, BN3

Six bedroom property in Hove, East Sussex

£1,650,000 freehold

Please contact Winkworth Brighton and Hove on 01273 772 175 for more information.

Less is more

Less is more when it comes to decorating. It is better to have a few statement furnishings or ornaments within a room, than to hoard a collection. Less clutter gives off the illusion of more space. Always ensure wires and electrical cords are hidden out of sight for a finished feel.


Presentation is key to smartening your home. Consider fruit bowls in the kitchen, decorative tableware to add colour and aspirational magazines on the coffee table. Accessorising need not be expensive.

Sandecotes Road, BH14

Four bedroom detached family home off Penn Hill

£775,000 freehold

Please contact Winkworth Poole on 01202 733000 for more information.

Smart Storage

Adding extra shelf space and storage options help to minimise the clutter around rooms. Cabinets, decorative boxes, interior bed storage and large wardrobes are all effective options. This house adds three coffee tables with plenty of extra shelving in the living room to avoid ornaments becoming jumbled. In addition, ensure kitchen shelves remain as clear and ordered as possible.

Onslow Square, SW7

Three bedroom flat in the heart of South Kensington

£2,850,000 leasehold

Please contact Winkworth Knightsbridge and Chelsea on 020 7589 6616 for information.

Simple Swaps

Livening up a neutral space has never been so easy. Simply swapping the cushions on your couch or bed enables you to indulge in the latest interior trends and if you change your mind it doesn't involve redecorating a whole room.

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