Tips To Revamp Your Living Room On A Shoestring

Savvy Room Makeovers On A Shoestring
Jo Munro

The Savvy Shopaholic

Jul 18, 2017

Finally, it is the last month of winter and I must admit I am counting down the days until spring bursts onto the scene. I really can’t wait for longer, lighter days, blossoms and colour.

However, August need not be colourless and grim when you can give your rooms an effortless makeover on a budget.

Gone are the days when designer inspiration cost a bundle and the thought of making over your living area or bedroom made your piggybank frown. With just a little planning and of course, knowing the right place to shop, you can have all of the colour and energy of spring to enliven any room in your home.

I absolutely love designer pieces. I love it even more when I can get that expensive Luxe look for less. There are so many fabulous homeware stores to shop, both online and locally there is no excuse to let the end-of-winter blues get you down. So let’s check out some of my favourite ways to add some warmth and energy to your home.

Jo Munro The Savvy Shopaholic on Today's show.
Jo Munro The Savvy Shopaholic on Ch9 Today show.

The little or no cost makeover

There are some tricks to changing the way a room feels even without spending a cent. Changing the lighting and moving the furniture is a great place to start. I am not a big fan of overhead lighting particularly at night. I like to have more ambient lighting and a really easy way to achieve that is by changing the wattage of your bulbs, using table lamps or candles (the LED ones are safer around littlies). You will be surprised how much this will change the feel of the room. Spring cleaning is also a way to declutter and refresh for no cost, just a little elbow grease.

Small investment

For fabulous living room goodies for under $50 head to Kmart, Target and Ikea. You will be surprised what stunning items are available for $50 and under. Ikea has gorgeous floor lamps with two adjustable height globes. A fabulous piece for reading and creating a beautiful lighting affect.

The “SVIRVEL” lamp by Ikea, $49
The “SVIRVEL” lamp, by Ikea, $49

Ikea have a couple of options the “NOT” with a Floor uplighter/reading lamp in white for just $19.99.

Adding some colour is a great way to change the feel of a room. A throw rug, some cushions a side table and some flowers and you will feel like you have a new room. Both Target and Kmart have an amazing array of beautiful cushions starting from as little as $8, throws from $20, side tables from $20 and even a floor rug $49.

Folding tray table, by Target for $29
Folding tray table, by Target, $29

Pop a candle and some fresh flowers for instant chic. They make a flexible bedside table too. Perfect for breakfast in bed!

Bigger ambitions

Adding an occasional chair or two will also make a room feel fresh. Kmart have gorgeous chairs for $49 with the new season bringing a new range of colours. Adding some storage is also a great way to tidy up a room and make all of the ‘nic-nacs’ look like an interesting collection rather than clutter. Target Ladder book case $25 is a great way to get organised.

Occasional chair, by Kmart, $49
Occasional chair, by Kmart, $49

My favourite way to make a room feel new is to paint. Yes, it takes a little more elbow grease and some investment of time but if you are up for the challenge, it really is worth the effort.

Take the challenge and check out your local homewares stores you will be surprised that adding a few key pieces will fill you with spring energy.

For some more decorating inspiration, check this out:

How to Age Timber Furniture With A Paint Finish

How To Use Colour To Create An Emotionally Healthy Home


By Jo Munro

The Savvy Shopaholic

Jo Munro is best known as The Savvy Shopaholic with the tag line 'Shop More, Save More'. She is The Carousel's resident shopping expert and a regular TV presenter on Ch9's Today Show and A Current Affair. In Jo's book The Savvy Shopaholic, she shares over 20 years of savvy shopping expertise, business wisdom and channel management with those who want to turn their shopping skills into cash. Much loved for her luxe for less shopping tips and wide-brimming smile, she's always keen to share her passion for shopping and savvy tips to get the most out of your dollar.


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