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We all know that when budgets are tight, staying in is the new going out. So, if you are going to be spending more time in the house, wouldn’t it be nice to give the room in the heart of the home a bit of a makeover?

Won’t that be expensive, I hear you say. Not necessarily. Laura Cohen, interior design expert from, is on hand to give you some top tips on creating a lovely living room on a tight budget.

Freshen up the walls with a lick of paint. Faded walls can make a room look scruffy, but you can easily rectify this by giving them a new coat of paint. If you don’t want to change the entire room then you’d be best using the same colour as the one that is already on the walls or a shade that will coordinate with the rest of the décor.

Give the sofa a new lease of life with a throw. Re-upholstering can be expensive but you can rejuvenate your suite on a budget with a throw. They’re great for hiding any patches that might be a little worn and are fabulous for injecting a bit of colour into a room.

Invest in new carpet. Did you know you can carpet an average sized room for as little as £200? So there’s no excuse for keeping threadbare floorcoverings. The beautiful Kingsley carpet from Condor (pictured with the Bistro rug from Plantation Rug Company and available from is ideal for the sitting room and its neutral shade lends itself perfectly to all décors. Of course, if your budget doesn’t stretch to a new carpet then why not add a rug instead. Not only will it add interest to the room, but it can also be very useful when trying to cover any stubborn stains!

Get out the sewing machine. A new pair of curtains can dramatically alter the look of your living room, but they can be costly. So if you’re nifty with a needle, why not try making them yourself? There’s an abundance of cheap fabrics available from your local market. Make sure you get some extra so you can run up some matching cushions to scatter around.

Small touches make a big difference. You’ll be surprised how fresh flowers can really brighten a room. They look lovely and smell divine – a delight for all your senses! Change them according to the season as they are much cheaper when there are plentiful. You can pick up daffodils in the Spring, for example, for as little as 30p a bunch!

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For further information please contact:

Helen Houston
Brown Dog Creative
T: 01664 823920

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