Budget Friendly Home Improvement Ideas

Our homes need a little refresh once in a while, but that is a lot easier said than done, especially if you don’t have a big budget. Therefore, I have put together this article that outlines 5 budget friendly home improvement ideas.

This article covers all aspects of home improvement from a simple paint job to adding texture to your home through the use of panelling. No matter what your home needs, you’ll find it in this article.

Repaint The Walls And Skirting Board

Although it can be hard to notice, our walls and skirting board become discoloured and worn out over time. There are a multitude of reasons as to why this happens, including, the sun discolouring the walls, stains and smoke from candles or incense burners.

Many people tend to worry about how fresh or trendy their furniture looks and often overlook their walls. However, if your walls are discoloured this will naturally change the way the rest of the room looks, regardless of the furniture.

Going over the walls and skirting board with a fresh coat of paint can have a big impact on the overall ambience of a room. If you want to keep your house looking fresh, then I’d suggest sticking to a bright neutral colour.

Alternatively, if you wanted to experiment with your decor, you could add a splash of colour with a feature wall. This can be done with the use of paint or wallpaper if you wanted to add a pattern.

Install new windows

white teapot and tow flower vases on windowpane

One of the first things most of us notice about a house is its windows, if they look tatty on the outside, most of us don’t have high expectations for the inside of the house. With that in mind, replacing your windows will have a positive impact on the overall look of your home.

There are several types of windows that you can acquire including Casement windows, Awning windows and UPVC windows. There are many budget friendly UPVC windows suppliers that can help you find the perfect windows to transform your home.

Add Panelling to the Walls 

Another way to improve your home on a budget is to add texture to your walls to make them look more elegant and expensive. A great way to do this is through the use of panelling. Panelling is relatively easy to do yourself and doesn’t require a lot of money, so you can stick to your allocated home improvement budget.

You can pick up panels from most DIY stores, they will also be able to cut them down to size for you if you don’t have access to the proper equipment to do so. From there, it’s just a case of aligning them and glueing them onto your wall.

When it comes to painting them, I would suggest painting them in the same colour as your walls for a subtle and sophisticated look.

Refresh Your Kitchen Countertops 

white microwave oven on white wooden cabinet

Contrary to popular belief, there are many kitchen decorating ideas on a budget that can improve the look of your home. One of which is to refresh your kitchen countertops with sticky back plastic. Sticky back plastic is a great way to give your countertops a new look without having to replace them and it’s hard-wearing.

You can acquire sticky back plastic in many colours and patterns so you can find one to suit your taste. Once you have chosen the design you want, it’s just a case of peeling the plastic off in sections and sticking it to your countertops.

This is also a great solution if you are renting your home and you are restricted in terms of what you can decorate. This allows you to have the kitchen you desire on a budget that can also be removed if need be when you move.

If you wanted to take it a step further, you could do the same to your cupboards so everything blends in seamlessly together.

Replace the Blinds/curtains

Another great way to give your home a refresh on a budget is to replace your blinds or curtains. Much like the walls, blinds and curtains fade over time and start to look worn out. Replacing them will transform the way your home looks and give it a refresh.

Neutral curtains are a staple colour for any home to keep it looking fresh. However, you could take this opportunity to add some colour to your home and brighten it up.


In summary, there are many ways that you can transform your home whilst sticking to a budget. Start by looking at your home and noting down the parts that you think need improvement. Does the colour of your walls not fit your style anymore? If so, then simply repainting them can transform the way your home looks.

Alternatively, you may think you need to take on a slightly bigger home improvement project such as replacing the kitchen worktops.