Four easy-on-the-pocket ways to update your home’s interior design

Brent Palmer
Brent Palmer
Published on June 7, 2018

You don’t need to be a professional interior decorator to update your home’s interior design. We’re not talking about calling in the painter either, all you need is some imagination, a little creativity and items possibly already in your home.

Here are 4 inexpensive ways to update your home’s interior design and give it back a fresh look.

1. Paint

The quickest and most inexpensive change you can make to your home’s interior design is new paint. You might not even need to change the colour, just give it a freshen up or add in a feature wall. It may be time for a change and a lighter, brighter colour could really make that room pop.

You can find a lot of what you might need to know on websites such as Resene’s, including a great DIY/home section, perfect! Don’t forget your local DIY store either. Bunnings and Mitre10 both have huge paint departments and helpful staff to talk to you about your options for your home’s interior design.

Do it yourself and you will be amazed at how much you save compared to calling in the professionals.

2. Rearrange what you have

Have you got things just right? You might have your couch pushed up along part of the window as that way you can better view the TV, but what does it say about the room.

What is the main focal point in each room. The window, the fireplace or perhaps it’s just the shape of it. Arrange your furniture so it is towards or facing the focal point. This will draw the attention to it, rather than away from it.

Sometimes all our interior design needs is to just move around what we already have, it works a treat! Try re arranging your couches and chairs to see if you can get a little more space. Coffee tables are great, but in smaller rooms they can make it look tiny. Try a funky nightstand at the arm of couch instead. You can still display a magazine, lamp and have somewhere to pop your cup of tea. Some of them also have a draw which is great for keeping your remotes out of sight.

If you feel your interior design does need some new furniture, try something from a second hand store first. A coat of paint or sand and varnish can restore some pieces back to their former glory.  You may like to try a covering on something you already have or a throw on the couch if you are worried about that faded look it now has.

3. Add Colour

You can add colour in other ways to brighten a room. Add some new throw pillows or a couch throw to brighten up your furniture. New and vibrant curtains or good quality second hand ones can make a huge difference to your interior design too.

An elegant vase, or funky out there one will do the trick also. Choose appropriate blooms to go in it. You can get some amazing quality false flowers too, never needs watering and will last forever. Pot plants can also add a pop of colour to the room. Peace lilies not only look beautiful, they also purify the air, win win. Small pot plants look great in the bathroom too. Have fun with your choice of pots or keep them simple and let the flowers do the talking.

4. Accessories 

Almost there but somethings missing…accessories! These don’t need to be over the top or expensive. You will know the right piece when you see it. These can be the cherry on the top when it comes to finishing off your interior design updates.

Rather than hitting the shops first, see what’s for sale on Trade Me in your region and have a look at some second hand stores and garage sales on the weekend. Facebook pages with regional sales are always worth a look and once you have joined up, things will pop up on your feed from time to time, or search the market place for something specific.

Mirrors are a great way to make a room look larger and groupings of mirrors can be an even more dramatic way to open a room or entrance way up. Art work can add colour as well as texture, consider what frame it has. You might have a great painting or large photo already but need a frame for it. Garage sales will be perfect for this.

Smaller pieces such as a key bowl at an entrance way, candle holders or a funky/complimentary ornament can also make a difference. You might have a colour theme in your room already or want something bold to make a statement.

If you have the budget, by all means, hire a professional to give you some interior decorating ideas. If not, with a little effort you can do it yourself and save some money. Visit to find fellow DIYers and get tips.

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About the Author: The above article on 4 easy-on-the-pocket ways to update your homes interior design was written and provided by Brent Palmer, a local leader in the field of Richmond and Nelson Real Estate sales, marketing, advanced technology for home selling, and social media. You can contact Brent Palmer here, or at 027 544 9921.

He has helped many people buy and sell homes in the Nelson, Stoke and Richmond areas for years, and would love the opportunity to help you as well.

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