Grand design without the grand budget

Having a nice living and working space has long been known to give us all a sense of peace, after all, an Englishman’s home is his castle. Interior design has been around since the origins of the Chinese art of Feng Shui over 6000 years ago. Since then there have been many different interior trends for our homes (avocado bathroom suite anyone?) Renovating your space needn’t be a costly endeavour. Let’s look at some ways to get your home ship shape for little cost.

Get creative
Having art in your home can transform a dull space into a vibrant room that lifts your spirits. There are many places where you can buy affordable art such as the Affordable Art Fair or online at If you have a creative streak consider displaying your own art as this will reflect your personality in your home.

Au Natural
If you are a fan of the shabby chic look you can easily achieve the same effect without shelling out hundreds for new furniture. Wooden furniture looks great stripped back to its natural wood state. This is easily achieved with some sandpaper and then some wax to seal. If paint is more your thing à la provençal style, what you need is some chalk paint, readily available in an array of colours from all good home decor retailers.

Mirror mirror on the wall
Mirrors are excellent ways to define a space like halls or dining rooms without adding clutter. They are great at opening up small spaces as they reflect the light across the room. Finding mirrors is easy, they are available in most home decor stores, but check out your local reclaimed furniture retailers or charity furniture stores as you can often find gems that don’t cost too much.

Remember, with Monese you get to have full control of your finances, so no need to fear overspending. With the Monese app you can send and receive money in real time, no waiting. Getting money into your Monese account is also easy. You can receive bank transfers direct to your account or you can can deposit cash at one of the 28,000 Paypoint locations across the country. You can also manage your money wherever you are with our intuitive mobile app. Make payments, check your up-to-date balance, review your transactions, get paid to invite friends – plus much more.


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