15th Nov 2021

How to Give Your Home a Glow Up on a Budget

 How to Give Your Home a Glow Up on a Budget

So, you’re a little bored of your surroundings. Or you’ve been wanting to revamp your home for a while, but you’ve never got round to it. Whatever the reason may be, we’re here to help.

We’re sure you’ve seen floods of interior design inspiration all over social media this past year. We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that it’s too expensive to transform your space, but it’s actually easier than you think - with the help of little touches here and there.

Today, we’re going to be talking about subtle ways you can give your home a luxurious glow up on a budget. Read on to find out our top tips and tricks...

Accessorise your coffee table

Sometimes, an empty coffee table can look a little boring. Sure, a clean and well-kept space is desirable - but that doesn’t mean to say that you can’t add a little zhuzh.

If you’re on social media, you’ll know that a super on-trend coffee table feature is decorative books. They’ve risen tremendously in popularity, and they’re now a common fixture seen in homes, adding an unconventional and unique touch.


Another way to accessorise your coffee table would be to feature a decorative tray. This adds a touch of luxury to any coffee table, and it can be used as a place to store other items, such as coasters, candles, remotes, or diffusers.


It’s possible to find decorative books and decorative tray bargains online. Nowadays, most interior design platforms will tag where they purchased their home items from.

So if you find something you like, it’s worth checking to see whether or not they’re tagged on the post. Or, you know… find an identical one on Amazon for half the price! But of course, you should expect the quality to vary.

Layer your textiles generously

Layering or mixing different textures creates an interesting harmony in any room.

The different patterns and textures make your home decor more interesting, which can really help to transform your space. Don’t be afraid to layer and pile rugs on one another to create a more well-rounded finish. This gives a luxurious feel to any room, as long as they work together.


For example, a really popular trend is to have either two identical rugs positioned differently or a large neutral tone area rug, layered with a smaller bold patterned rug.

If done right, the use of a bold patterned rug that’s layered with another will add depth and style to any room, as they’ll blend to create an overall balanced and contemporary look. This style tip can be applied to any room. Layer it up anywhere.

Upcycle your current furniture

Upholstering your sofa, or transforming a chair into the statement chair of your dreams will cost you a fraction of what it would cost to completely replace your current additions.

There are plenty of online forums out there that can provide you with useful advice and information on how to go about transforming your current furniture into something that’s more aligned with your style.

Of course, this is a project. But it’s fun! If your furniture is of great quality, but it’s just a little worn and could do with a new lease of life, it’s definitely worth saving your money and investing time instead.


After all, there’s nothing quite like standing back and admiring something that you worked hard to create - and you’ll be left with a completely unique piece. No one will quite have what you create, which makes it special!

So, in our opinion? It’s worth the effort. And another major benefit of upcycling projects is that it’s a highly sustainable and ethical way to give your home a complete glow-up.

Update your cushions

After some time, sofa cushions tend to lose volume - appearing worn and old before their time, especially if you rest on them regularly. You’d be surprised at just how much this little swap out can transform a room!

What style you decide to go for will ultimately depend on your preferences. But if you’re wanting to achieve a fresh on-trend style? Go for vintage-style additions.

Vintage-style cushions are an incredibly versatile and tasteful addition, perfect for giving your home a little glow-up. And best of all? They literally fit with any interior aesthetic. Well, most of them, anyway.

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If you search for Regency homes, cottagecore homes, minimalist interiors, or even eclectic-styled homes - you’ll probably see a vintage feature or two in all of them. so if you’re struggling to find something that will match your vision, vintage-style cushions will offer an interesting edge to any aesthetic.

Pro tip - we have the best vintage-style cushions ever. Premium quality, beautiful designs, and a variety of colours to choose from. 

Flower arrangements

Flower arrangements can really take a room to the next level. This simple addition shows attention to detail, giving a room a breath of fresh air.

Floral displays do not have to be ultra exaggerated. Actually, quite often, less is more. A simple yet elegant addition to feature either on a side table, shelving units, or even centre stage on your dining table. Try placing your flower arrangements in different spots, and see where you think it fits the best.

What seems to be really hot right now is pampas grass. All you have to do to create a stunning statement piece on a budget is find a standing pot that goes with your aesthetic, add a few pieces of pampas grass - and voila! You now have a super tasteful and on-trend decoration.


However, if you don’t want to splash out on replacing flower arrangements every week (we know this can add up!), you can always opt for artificial flower arrangements. Honestly, you’d be surprised how realistic they look nowadays - and you’ll never have to worry about them wilting!

A fresh coat of paint can go a long way

There’s nothing more visually unappealing than cracked and worn paint. Applying a fresh coat of a neutral colour can really help to glow up your home - especially if your goal is to accessorise.

Using a neutral colour as a base to a room will significantly contribute to how your furnishings appear, allowing them to catch the eye of anyone who enters.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling really bold - be brave and opt for a darker colour, on just one wall. An accent wall, if you will. We know it sounds bizarre - but hear us out.


There’s a trending hashtag on Instagram called #styleitdark with over 215k hits, flooded with posts of people featuring their DIY dark accent walls, and how they style it and make it personal within their own homes.

So it’s official. Dark accent walls are in, and we’re here for it. This simple yet bold wall adds an interesting dimension to any room, and it can be brightened using lighter additions.

For example, the contrast of a dark wall against bright curtains, blankets, cushions, and rugs can really balance one another beautifully.

Alternatively, a bold piece of artwork positioned in the middle of your accent wall can make it a place that eyes effortlessly wander to. So if you’re wanting a more trendy and contemporary look over a traditional one - get your paintbrush ready!

Eye-catching curtains

Following on from the above tip, eye-catching curtains are essential for giving your home a proper glow-up on a budget.

The right set will shine and contrast beautifully with the neutral tones from the walls - and contrary to popular belief, premium quality doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You just need to know where to go. We’ll give you a hint…us!

Now, what you consider to be eye-catching is entirely up to you. That lies in the eye of the beholder. But when we think of eye-catching, we think of stylish, elegant, and visually captivating. Patterns that add dimension.

So if you’ve played it safe with block colours, we highly recommend opting for fascinating patterns to achieve the glow up you want. Shake things up!

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And as we mentioned earlier, don’t be afraid to layer. The same can apply to how you style your curtains for a fresh new look. Try layering your thicker set of curtains with a sheer curtain underneath.

It’ll give an effortless touch of elegance and sophistication to a room, and from a practical perspective, you won’t have to draw your curtains entirely when you want to stop unwanted light from seeping in.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our tips on how you can glow up your home on a budget.

It’s all in the details! We have an extensive variety of soft furnishings at unbeatable prices - perfect for your next home glow-up project! Don’t miss out, be sure to check out our beautiful collections over on our website. 

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