Is your home starting to look boring and dull? Want some small budget big makeover tips to make your home a little more exciting and welcoming? Well, you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to get a home that warrants the envy of your neighbours. You just need to know the right place to shop and have a clear idea of what you wish to buy for your house. And before you know it, you will have a house fit to be flaunted!

Let’s look at some of the savvy ideas that we have put together for you by brands we work with. These ideas will lighten your wallet by not more than ₹5,000.

#1: Throw in some bright cushions

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Play around with colourful cushions in the bedroom
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Contrasting cushions on the sofa for some extra zing

Pile on some inexpensive pillows and oversized cushions in your drawing, living area, and the bedroom but with some zingy and vibrant cushion covers. You can even give your old sarees or bed sheets with frayed edges to your local tailor to stitch you some customized cushions. Looking for some zingy stuff? Check out brands like Pluchi and House This India for some fun designs!

Market price of a pillow/cushion: ₹150-175
Market price of an oomph factor cushion cover: ₹400 and above

#2: Focus on refreshing the soft furnishing

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Sheer white drapes add a soft touch to any room

If your room adorns a pristine white theme, then, add on a splash of color with some soft furnishings, like a sheer curtain just behind the bed or mix and match some colored sheer with the curtains in your room. If the room has enough color already, then add white sheer to the curtains, thus adding a breather to the room. This is a lovely small budget big makeover idea.

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Use whites to tone down bold colours

A geometric pattern rug also adds that eccentric look to the room. Scout your local market or find yourself some amazing deals on gorgeous bedspreads or throws that take the ‘meh’ factor away from the room. You can find some lovely rugs at Obsessions.

Price of a cotton and woven bedspread: ₹900 onwards

#3: Buy a quirky mirror FTW

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You can place mirrors on the floor too!

Add a mirror to the dining area or to your foyer and it will instantly uplift the decor while adding some depth to your room. And you don’t even need to hang it on a wall. Simply placing it on the floor will do the trick for a small budget big makeover. Refer these ideas on how to Decorate with Mirrors. You can check out brands Montage and Mirrorwala for mirrors on a budget!

Price of a decorative mirror: ₹1,000 onwards

#4: A table runner can transform any dull table

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A woven warm brown runner for a wooden table

A plain and boring dining table or even a rectangular low coffee table can be enhanced by placing a table runner across it.

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Leftover brocade or zardozi pieces as table runners

Here’s a tip: use your old zardozi dupatta lying at the back of the cupboard as a runner by getting it cut and sewed to size. Not only does it save you money, but it adds an ethnic touch to the room, making it the ideal small budget big makeover tip. In case your room sports a more modern and contemporary look, you can go in for a simple runner, but in brighter hues.

Price of table runner: Between ₹400-600.

#5: Fill your home with aromatic candles

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Nothing like scented candles to set the mood

Candles, flowers and a large vase add a sense of drama to the room, not to mention filling it with exotics scents. You can find them at most decor stores in every city.

Price of scented candles: Around ₹350 for a set of 3-4 candles

#6: Add frames to a plain wall to jazz it up

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Photo walls can infuse you with nostalgia
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Hallways and foyers are ideal spots for memory walls

Make a collage of matching frames with your precious memories and transform a boring wall into a trip down memory lane. Some quirky frames can be bought at Art Street for a steal, to give your walls a small budget big makeover.

Price of one frame: ₹800- 900 for a set of 12 frames

#7: Pick up tiny plants and terrariums to deck up tables

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Add a dash of green to your home

Who doesn’t love greens, especially when you can have a Hobbit-sized garden right inside the house, why not? Terrariums and fairy gardens are the trending decor accessory for houses today, not only for the chic look they add to the room but also for their air purifying qualities. Visit Nurturing Green, one of our favourite brands, for live plants and succulents! You can also visit the neighbourhood nursery and pick up some simple plants for your home at throwaway prices!

Price of one terrarium: Between ₹500-1,000

#8: Buy artwork and wall hanging from flee markets

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Pretty wall art can personalise your home

A room with an artwork or a wall hanging gives character to the room where you place it. We aren’t asking you to go in go for an MF Hussain or a Raja Ravi Verma, as the purse string is a little tight for this one. You can always go in for almost inexpensive canvases in abstract prints that will jazz up your home. Digital split paintings by Art Street are a good option if you are working with a budget and want some good options. Or explore flea markets and Soul Santes in your city to support local artists. Decals by Wall Art are another option you have to do up your walls! If you’re looking for economical wallpaper, check out Marshalls.

Price of one abstract canvas: Starting at ₹400

#9: Inexpensive lighting fixtures can also look unique

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Try rustic rope lights for an instant facelift

Adding spot lights or a lamp to the corner of the room uplifts the room and when placed strategically, it can add the required spotlight to your favourite artefacts in the room. You can take your pick from some cute table lamps that match your budget perfectly at Jainsons Emporio and Orange Tree.

Price of a table lamp: ₹ 500-1,200

#10: Peel-off wallpapers and new soap sets are a great idea

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Add a fresh vibe to your bathroom with colourful walls

An easy small budget big makeover idea for your bathroom—a fresh coat of wall paint or a peel-off wallpaper. Over time, your bathroom walls can start looking drab and by just giving it a lick of paint you can transform this space. While painting is a great idea for DIY lovers, you can also pick up easy-to-apply peel-off wallpapers (just make sure they are waterproof). Try to swap out old soap sets with off-the-shelf, fresh soap sets and feel the difference. Check out some ways to Redo Your Vanity in Less than ₹5000!

Price of peel-off wallpaper sheets: ₹650 onwards
Price of ceramic soap sets: ₹1,500 onwards

#11: Organise your kitchen counter with useful accessories and wall ledges

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Scour Amazon for cheap and handy kitchen accessories

A great way to tidy and pretty-up your kitchen is to get your hands on some organisers. Get a useful knife holder or put up shelves and racks with the help of nails and screws. Since these shelves cannot take a lot of weight, they are ideal for small jars and cookbooks. You can also add some quirky frames with your favourite quotes in the corner. We love this small budget big makeover idea!

Price of a knife holder: ₹500 onwards
Price of wall shelves (set of two): ₹800 onwards

#12: Swap out old handles with market finds

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Your local vendor will have some quirky handles and knobs

Another simple way to give any cabinet a fresh look is to change the handles. Since changing the entire cabinetry is an expensive affair, you can try adding fun stickers on the cabinets as well. Try vinyl stickers that are easy to apply and rip off. Keep an eye out for unique handles and knobs on your next trip to the market.

Price of ceramic knobs (pack of six): ₹700 onwards

#13: Little things matter

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Add depth to your room with the right tidbits

Tidbits placed at nooks and corners of your room are just what you need to add those elements of fun and intrigue. You can add whacky stuff like some figurines, trunks or a giant clock to upgrade your man-cave/studio/study in the house. You can also dust off the curios you’ve collected on your travels and gifts you’ve gotten from friends and display it.

We enjoyed scouting the market for you and the makeover your home deserves. If you enjoyed this piece, also check out Budget Living Room Revamp Challenge. We have also curated the best makeover stories for you from last year: Dull to Delightful: Renovation Stories of 2019.

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