The Décor of 2009: Home Improvement on a Shoestring

By | May 28, 2009

Although the economy continues to shrink with each financial quarter, making it especially hard to negotiate that deserved pay rise, it seems that utility bills, bank charges and taxes continue to rise ‘in line with inflation’. Why, it must be asked, do they not decrease ‘in line with recession’? Nevertheless, as home owners hold on to their properties in hope of an improved financial tomorrow, the property market has, at least so far as most of us are concerned, entered a lull.

During this period, many home owners have decided that home improvements will add value to the house when prices pick up. However, not everybody is in such a position. Alas, that does not mean that nothing can be done to improve the look and feel of a house. On the contrary, 2009 will be all about redecorating on a budget.

Move, not Replace

Every so often, the urge to throw out the old will be met with an urge to shop for the new. Whilst there is nothing wrong with refreshing the furnishings of your home, it can be a very costly experience. Indeed, it may simply prove completely unaffordable. However, if change is still sought, there is a simple solution: keep what you have, but move it around.

Room planners can be purchased as tangible items or as software programs, and are an excellent way to visualise how a room might look with a little reorganisation. In fact, a room planner can be made to scale from cardboard – with cardboard cut-outs of the furniture pieces being shifted around a dimensionally perfect cardboard cut-out of the room itself. We suggest the software planner, nonetheless, as the homespun variety can prove especially frustrating if the scale cut-outs are not perfectly accurate!

Other ways to redecorate without haemorrhaging cash include designing and producing cushion covers, throw-overs for sofas and armchairs, and even light fixture covers. Routine garden improvements such as light landscaping or new patio furniture can also make a significant difference to the look and feel of a home.