Budget-Friendly Home Updates for the New Year

By  January 04, 2012

With the New Year here, people are looking to make a resolution for self-improvement. But what about home improvement?
Americans are spending more time at home than ever, and this year will be all about making budget-friendly updates that will keep your space comfortable, fashionable, and functional in the new year. Here are five tips to help give your space a new look for the New Year.

Rearrange furniture: Moving furniture may be the easiest way to change the look of your space. Try rearranging a room, or trading out furniture from one room to the next. That unused rocker could look great by the front window, it just needs to get brought up from the basement.


Pick a Focal Point: Adding an exciting focal point can punch up the look of any room. If you aren’t quite ready to paint a wall blazing red, try displaying photos in frames of assorted shapes and sizes, or utilizing wall decals – easy-on, easy-off “stickers” that will complement any decor.

Cover Up: Keep decorating expenses to a minimum by dressing up your furniture. Sure Fit has a seemingly endless variety of slipcovers for every personality, whether you’re looking for a punch of color, a classic update or just covering up worn out furniture. Available in a variety of colors and materials (including stretch “leather”) for couches, chairs, recliners, futons, and ottomans, you can update your entire set of furniture for less than the cost of a new couch.

Subtle “Ac-scents”: A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people’s moods and even increase efficiency. Give your nose something new to smell by adding seasonal candles, flowers, or aromatherapy diffusers for a subtle update.

Add Artwork: You might not be able to afford the Picasso you’ve always dreamed of, but adding artwork to walls can make a huge difference in contributing interesting and uplifting elements to your space. Affordable artwork is easy to find, you just have to look for it. Check out thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and auction websites, or create your own by simply framing fabric swatches or enlarging photos for a personal touch.