We thought it would be fun to focus on how we decorate our homes, and how we can actually improve them in ways that don’t have to cost us much money at all. For example, the strategic use of mirrors can actually make your home look bigger – perhaps that could save you spending thousands of pounds on a house extension? Or if you have an awkward shaped room in the house, how can you use the space well so that it looks good as well as spacious?

According to experts, small-scale furniture only makes a small bedroom look smaller, so they recommend trying a high bed and tall headboard and your room will grow! Apparently dark walls do the opposite of what you expect – they make a small room feel bigger so give that a try and notice the way you feel. In terms of lighting, experts say four lamps are better than two – you need ambient light for mood and direct light for reading. They also say that nothing softens a lonely corner in a big room like a potted tree or plant. And finally, the most damage proof fabric for dining chairs is leather or vinyl, especially if you want white.

So clearly there are some great and cost-effective ways to revamp our homes and I’ve researched a few more ways you can add some freshness to your home without breaking the bank:

WALL ART
Pictures and paintings will add interest to a room. Positioning is very important; they should be hung at eye level so that you look directly at them and grouping a number of smaller pictures together can also be very effective.

RUGS
Define areas in your room with rugs. Large-open plan rooms benefit being separated into smaller more intimate areas. But remember, since they are in the same room they need to complement each other in style and colour.

HIDE CLUTTER
It’s not easy keeping our homes tidy, particularly if you have children, but trunks and chests are an effective and attractive way to hide odds and ends. Storage boxes can come in various shapes and sizes to give a fun and interesting look.

PLANTS
Plants give life to a room but fresh flowers and plants are difficult to maintain. There are many faux plants available that give the same effect but you don’t have to remember to water them and they will last forever!

LIGHTING
When designing your lighting plan, first asses how much natural light you have. Take into consideration any focal points that you want to pick out such as art works or dining tables, then combine a mixture of floor lamps, table lamps and candles to create a flexible and inviting lighting plan.

BEDROOMS
The bed is the main focus of a bedroom so a quick, cost-effective way to refresh the room is to update your bed linen and add plenty of cushions and throws to add luxury.