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.

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #1: Comfy with Cushions
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Play around with colourful cushions in the bedroom
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Contrasting cushions 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

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #2: Other Soft Furnishings
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Prints on soft furnishings add dimension to your room
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Use white to tone down colourful rooms

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.

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

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #3: Mirror, mirror on the wall
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Uplift the decor with mirrors

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. 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

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #4: Table Runners
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Amp up boring tables
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Thin table runners can make your table look new

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

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. 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.

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #5: Scented 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

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #6: Framed
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Photo walls can be nostalgic
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Showcasing memories

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.

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

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #7: Plants, Terrariums & Fairy Gardens
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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

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #8: Art Work & Wall Hangings
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Let’s make the walls pretty
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Wall art for a personal touch

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

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #9: Other Accessories
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Accessorise to perfection
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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.

Small Budget Big Makeover Idea #10: Lighting
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Bring in the lights

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

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.

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Note: All the brands mentioned in this article are available on the Livspace catalogue.