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7 Affordable Home Updates that You Can Do

Consider these budget decorating ideas to achieve a new look for your space

Photography: Toto Labrador (Main Photo)

Now that the first half of the year is done, we're sure that you've accomplished your midyear home checklist already! However, aside from the usual home improvement projects, you also need to see if you need to update the look of some of the areas at home. Does the kitchen look a bit plain? Does your outdoor area lack zest and plants? You can work on simple upgrades that are within your budget. Let these seven decorating ideas guide and inspire you. 

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Place a painting on your bedside table or foyer

Aside from hanging your prized works of art, you may also turn it into a decor for your room by placing it on top of the bedside table. If you're sprucing up your foyer or house entrance, you may consider putting it on top of a console table by the door.

Opt for wall-mounted lighting

Is your bedroom too small? Save up on floor space by using wall-mounted lamps on both sides of your room. This update can also help you achieve a hotel-like ambiance.

Consider having more bathroom lighting

Add a slim table lamp beside your mirror to help illuminate the bath area. Make sure you keep that space dry and that you keep the plugs away from water. 

Create a photo wall in the kitchen

Your photo wall can cover one side of the kitchen wall—from the ceiling to the floor. Encourage the members of the family to stick photos, cutouts from magazines, and even interesting prints to serve as quiky accents in the kitchen.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Use fabric for walls

If you don’t have any artworks to display, you can make use of fabric. This is a budget-friendly idea to spruce up your walls! Click here for the step-by-step guide.

You can also work on fabric wall art! Click here for the complete guide.

Liven up old lampshades

Change old plain lampshades into colored printed ones to add life to your room. You can also create your own design by painting over them.

You can turn plastic bags into a chic lampshade! Click here to learn how.

Section off your lanai

Need more space at home? You may opt to screen off your porch or lanai to add an extra room. You'll be surprised at how relaxing an outdoor nook could be for lounging and reading.

Create a cozy lanai with the help of tips from designers! Click here to learn more.

Photo by Toto Labrador.

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