Just add a little pop of colour – a budget makeover for any room


If you are a fan of Instagram, you’ll know the phrase ‘a pop of colour’ well. It’s very often a hashtag on the daily challenge pages and can completely transform a room with one simple addition.

As our house is mostly white sprinkled with black, a little bit of colour in each room makes all the difference.

One of the simplest ways to inject a little colour is a good old bunch of flowers. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. In fact, I think home grown is best. As I rarely grow flowers to cut, the local greengrocers or supermarket is my friend. Just a 99p bunch of daffodils can make all the difference!

For instant happiness, just add sunflowers!



For longevity, try a dried flower. For example, my billy buttons from @wintersmoonuk were a little more expensive than a bunch of supermarket flowers but 12 months on and they are still looking great!

When the fresh flowers have seen better days, bring out the dried alternatives!



A houseplant is also brilliant, real or faux. If you’ve not got green fingers, Ikea has a great range of fakery and it’s all quite reasonably priced – maybe a little more expensive than their living alternative but with a bit of care, they are going to last you a very long time!

A bit of greenery can bring a room alive



What about crafting? To be honest, I cannot draw for toffee but I can cut and glue! Last year I followed a little craft project in @HomeStylemaguk and made some autumn bunting. Hobbycraft obliged with some fabulous coloured paper. This folding and gluing experiment kept me quiet for a whole morning and it’s still looking great! To be honest, any bunting would do the same job but I really enjoyed making my own.

Homemade bunting. Thanks Hobbycraft and Home Style Magazine



A few months ago, I was in hobbycraft yet again having mouch around their sale section- my favourite bit! I found a pad of patterned paper, turned to my friend and she said ‘you need that ’. She was right. I took my bargain home and started thinking… the next week I was in Ikea and found their cheapest frame – the Fiskbo only 75p. Ok, they are aimed at children but who cares?! I simply filled them with a few sheets of the Mexican inspired paper and now they brighten up our downstairs toilet!

I love Ikea frames, especially the cheapest!



What are your tips for a cheap pop of colour around the house? Please let me know as I’m always looking for new ideas – especially if they are on a budget.



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