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When settling into a new house, it’s important to make the place feel like your own, but making a house a home doesn’t come that naturally to everyone. What if you aren’t sure what style to go for? What if you’re on a budget and don’t want to shell out for a whole new set of furniture? What if you just simply don’t know where to start? From mirrors and artwork to matching roller blinds, here’s a quick guide to get you thinking along the right lines.

Make The Most Of What You’ve Got

The best thing about making a home your own is that using as much of what you already have is encouraged – after all, what makes you feel more at home than being surrounded by your own furniture and possessions? While you may want to go out and purchase a new suite or a brand new kitchen table, it isn’t always possible (especially if you’ve just bought your first house and are running low on funds), so using your existing furniture may be your only option. You can, however, give your old sofa or dining chairs a facelift – there are plenty of companies out there that will reupholster your chairs and other furniture for a reasonable price, and you can go to town picking out the fabric and colours you wish to use.

Tie In Accessories To Match A Theme

If you’re not much of an interior designer but want to make your rooms more elegant and sophisticated, it can be easily done by working around a central theme. This could be a whole style (such as french chic, country kitchen, or a contemporary urban look) or just a basic colour scheme – for example, red and white in the kitchen or cream and blue in the lounge. One incredibly easy way of doing this is by looking at different window treatments. For example, a plain red roller blind will fit great in a kitchen that’s already making the most of red accessories such as table cloths and tea towels, and a sophisticated looking blue roman or roller blind in the lounge could be made to complement rugs, artwork, and other accessories in the room. It’s all about tying the room together using just one or two colours or styles; too many different bright colours or a mishmash of looks will just make it look too busy and overwhelming.

Use Some Tricks Of The Trade

There are some very simple things you can do to make the most of your space for the least amount of money. One of these tricks of the trade is to invest in several mirrors; not only will they make your rooms seem bigger, but they’ll also make your entire house lighter. After all, there’s nothing worse than sitting around in a dark, dingy room. Along the same lines, if you don’t have the money to attempt a full-on style revamp, several carefully selected prints or canvases that feature warm, bright colours will help lift the mood of any plain or boring space.

So, whether you decide to give your existing furniture a makeover or invest in some colour matching roller blinds, there are always things you can do to make a new home your own – without breaking the bank.