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How to decorate your home on a £90 budget

Dog on double bed in a green bedroom painted in Lick Green 05

Roxanne (@ourgreyhaven) is 31 years old and owns a small homeware store called ‘Hinansho.’, which recently launched online. She lives with her boyfriend Michael, and their dog Monty. Their home is an 1893, three-storey Victorian Villa, which they purchased in January this year.

Roxanne decided to give her guest room a mini makeover, as it’s one of her favourite rooms in the house and she wanted to feel as much joy about the décor, as she does about the room itself.

Rachel from @ourgreyhaven posing in her new bedroom painted in Lick Green 05, a beautiful forest green

Meet Roxanne!

Woman sitting on a chair next to a fireplace and wall painted in Lick Green 05

Roxanne in her freshly decorated guest room

Before the Makeover

The room was pretty plain beforehand, and this was the main reason Roxanne was dying to add some charm.

“It had no depth and everything was the same colour. Plus, with it being on the top floor, it had minimal character; as this is where the servants would’ve resided back in the day.”

Bedroom with white walls and a fireplace
Bedroom in with white walls decorated with cabinet and a grey one-seater

Planning & inspiration

Roxanne, admittedly, went against all the rules of design planning and threw herself into the project with speed. After browsing our paint colours online, she immediately fell in love with Green 05 – and didn’t even want to wait by ordering a stick-and-peel patch to check the colour first! The rest of her house contains quite a lot of greenery, so she knew the colour would match in perfectly.

“I decided to go all out by painting the whole room, including the skirting boards, in the same colour. I felt this was a great way to bring the outside into the room and make it feel bigger.”

Establishing the Budget

Roxanne didn’t want to invest in anything other than the cost of the paint. She wanted to work with the existing furniture, and take on the ‘shop my home’ mentality – whereby, she would use items she already owned to create a new style in this particular space.

The Makeover

To start with, Roxanne tackled the fire place surround by using some pre-owned paint and up-cycling it black. It wasn’t an original feature of the house, but makes a beautiful focal point in the room.

Secondly, she pulled up the beige carpet – which has always just blended into the walls. Underneath the old carpet, were beautiful characteristic floorboards that, lucky, didn’t need anything doing to them.

Already, these two small jobs had introduced so much life into a very plain room; that she was now excited to get going with the wall painting!

“The room contains a beautiful, arched alcove, which houses the cast iron radiator and I initially wanted to make a feature of it by painting it a different colour. However, once we sprayed the radiator black – it became apparent that the archway just spoke for itself, so we decided to carry the colour right the way across.”

“By adding black accents and some teak furniture to style; the room instantly felt complete - like a mid-century modern escape.”

Roxanne ended up using two tins of Lick paint in Green 05, and it took around three to four days to complete.

Bedroom in Lick Green 05 decorated with plants

By adding black accents and some teak furniture to style; the room instantly felt complete

Bedroom painted in Lick Green 05

Roxanne loves styling and adding final touches to a room using soft furnishings

Budget Reveal

As it was just a case of changing the colour in the room, the only purchases made were the two tins of Lick paint at £38 each, and some new decorating tools which cost around £10. Overall, the total cost of this incredible makeover came to £86. What an incredible, bargain transformation!

“The biggest bargain in the room, is the mid-century sideboard that we previously bought from good old Facebook Marketplace.”

Roxanne’s favourite part of the makeover was the final stage – the styling! She loves decorating, so enjoyed the whole process - but certainly appreciates seeing the entire project come together in the end.

“The finishing touches just give you that rewarding feeling – especially when you’ve managed the whole thing yourself!”

Dog on double bed in a green bedroom painted in Lick Green 05

The finishing touches just give you that rewarding feeling – especially when you’ve managed the whole thing yourself!

Roxanne’s Tips for Decorating on a Budget:

  • Have a theme. A home flows so well when it has a consistent theme; but this doesn’t mean you have to stick to 1 or 2 colours. We have 5 or 6 different colours around our home that are just variations of colours in which we have picked. For example, Green 05 also exists in the plants that we own.

  • Find your inspiration first, so you don’t change your mind later on. Believe me, our dining room has changed 3 times in 8 months…

  • Enjoy it! Transforming your home is fun; and when it comes to paint, if it turns out you don’t like the colour, you can just paint over it. As simple as that.
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