Looking to make a few changes to your home this summer? Summer is the ideal time to refresh your home – and with the warm weather and longer days comes the perfect opportunity to spruce up your living space.
Today we want to talk about some super simple ways that you can spruce up your home decor and put those much-needed finishing touches onto your home interiors this week.
Buy items from a set theme
When you want to make a positive change to your home and its style, the easiest thing you can do is buy some items from the same style collection. For example, head to Target this week and look at the homeware section and pick out items that follow the same theme, color scheme, and design. By bringing multiple items of the same theme into your home you will encompass the room and elevate your design to the next level. This is such an easy way to make your home look more put together and styled without spending too much time.
Try metal art prints
One way to elevate your home decor this month is by bringing some brand new art to the home. But instead of going for the classic frames or canvases – why not try Chromaluxe metal prints? Metal prints are a type of artwork that can be classy and fun, and they are hung on magnets meaning less mess for you when putting them up. You can find metal prints in all sorts of styles and you can even get your own photos printed on these too.
Paint your own picture frames
If you want to quickly spruce up your home decor and don’t have a lot of money to work with try repainting your photo frames. Do you have a lot of wooden and plastic frames around the house that look dull and boring? No more! Order some small sample pots of paint in bright colours, and use these to brighten up your photo frames and give them a whole new lease of life. This won’t cost much at all and it will instantly lift your wall art, mantelpiece, or bookcase.
Invest in 3D wall art
One thing you can consider if you have a home that is large in size is a 3D piece of wall art such as a metal or wooden display. There are some stunning 3D pieces out there to choose from and you can create a fun and unique feature in your home in no time at all. It will be a good way to fill a blank wall space and bring some much-needed colour and texture to your home.
Go big or go home. Do you have a lot of small ornaments and features on your shelves right now? Get rid of them. Smaller items can clog up a space and make it look cluttered. Instead, choose 3-5 bigger ornaments or features and fill your shelves with these instead. It will not only look more clean and put together but it will be much easier to clean!
Saving for summer
Being a parent and trying to save money can sometimes prove very difficult. Even more so for summer activities and a family summer holiday. I don’t know about you but it often feels as if money evaporates before our eyes. As the saying goes “every little helps”. A few small changes to spending habits can help a great deal and make quite a difference to the savings pot.
Saving doesn’t have to be boring, you can still have fun and save at the same time.
Here are a few saving ideas that may help you save a few pennies for summer:
- Are you one for going off of lunch dates with friends? Try and cut out on the expensive coffee shops or pub lunches, try and meet for a picnic or even play host and take turns to lunch at each others house. That way you could save a few pounds but your still meeting and having fun.
- Do you meal plan? Meal planning we find also helps watch the pennies. If meals are planned out in advance for the week it helps with budgeting the funds, it helps to cut out on the impulse buying and also food waste. I am guilty of always impulse buying and buying the “I may need this” item. I am always buying food products and forgetting that they are there and before I know it the food has gone out-of-date. Having a list to stick to and a budget in mind has helped massively. I now try and do online shopping to save the risk of temptation.
- Voucher codes are always worth looking out for to help keep the costs down. A quick look online could help reduce your bill.
- Having a sort out of unused items could bring in a few pounds to your saving pot. I think we are all guilty of having a junk area and unused things shoved to the back of the cupboard. It may be worth having a sort out and advertising the products for sale, someone could grab a bargain and you make a few pounds.
- Have a closer look at your usage to see what you truly need/use. We recently reduced our TV and internet package as half the channels we didn’t even watch. We are also going more energy-efficient around the home. In the long run the savings here will help keep costs down.
- Comparison sites is always worth a browse. We never just auto-renew our insurances/contracts we always take a look at the end of every contract. This helps to keep the bills down each month.
- Walking where possible saves us money and keeps us fit. Being a two car family due to both working and needing a car this means double the car bill. Where possible we leave the car at home and walk. This saves on wear-and-tear on the car, petrol and also parking fees.
- Grow your own is something we done last year and really enjoyed. Have you ever tried growing your own fruit and veg? this saved us money last year and we hope to do it again this year. Home grown tastes so much better.
- Try out cheaper brands in store, you never know you may be surprised and even like the cheaper brand. If you can change just a few items to a cheaper brand that could save you a few pounds to add to your savings pot.
These are just a few ideas that may help with saving a few pounds to put towards something for the summer. We are off on a few family holidays over the next few weeks, making a few changes will save on having to apply for a loan. Some may say short term loans can be a good solution but we would rather avoid loans as much as possible.
Do you have any good money-saving ideas?