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Budget updates for every room

Planning on sprucing up your pad? We have a whole host of nifty revamp ideas to give your home a boost without breaking the bank

The bedroom has seen better days and the lounge needs a little something extra, but you’re stuck for inventive and, most importantly, affordable ideas for a remedy. That’s where we come in. We’ve been scouring the web and racking our brains for the very best decorating hacks to give you highimpact schemes without the price tag. We’ve broken it down into four price brackets, though some of these golden nuggets could be brought to life with as little as the loose change in your purse. So whether you’re skinted or minted, we like to think there’s a little something in our book of tricks to spark everybody’s imagination.


Top Tip

Refresh an overlooked window by fashioning a no-sew half curtain with voile fabric hemmed using fusible webbing tape, then fit with Syrlig curtain rings, £3 for 10 from Ikea.

Quick-fix storage

Take advantage of every nook and cranny to stash away those knick-knacks that cause clutter. Secure hooks behind doors, baskets under beds and sofas, and look out for stylish vessels, such as painted suitcases, that are both decorative and practical. There are plenty of options to snap up for under £20.


Storage drawers, £18, Sainsbury’s


Umbra buddy hooks, £15, Amara


Children’s storage suitcases, £16.50, Becky and Lola

‘Mix plain tiles with more costly designs’

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With April showers casting a cloud over outdoor activities, now is the perfect time to give your home some well-deserved attention. If you don’t think you have the pennies to spare, think again, as we bring you eight whole pages of savvy updates for every budget, starting from £20 or less. Turn to page 63 to get cracking. If the sun does make an appearance, Pippa Jameson is on hand with three stunning looks for stylish spring dining on page 92. Plus, flick over to page 73 for plenty of fresh, seasonal recipes to be prepared – and devoured – in a jiffy. Got your eye on your dream home or struggling to pin down ‘the one’? Don’t miss our essential guide to house hunting, including tips and tricks for getting yourself at the top of the estate agent’s call list, plus five top apps to streamline your search, all on page 98. What’s more, we’ve enlisted colour expert, Jane Cumberbatch, to demystify the meaning behind your colour schemes and which hues you should be using to help you achieve your goals, feel more relaxed and get energised. And for those of us who can’t resist a peep behind closed doors, we invite you inside seven real homes for your monthly hit of décor inspiration, shopping ideas and easy DIY projects.