The 4 “Rs” of Simple Renovation

On a budget but tired of your dingy living quarters? Need to liven up your rooms but don’t want to risk your rental deposit? Fear not! Thankfully, there are plenty of cheap and simple ways for you to breathe new life into old décor without repainting, re-plastering or otherwise entirely renovating. What’s more, most of these methods will follow you wherever you move – giving you the opportunity to refresh your rooms anywhere you may go. Take a look at some of our top tips for renovation and redesign – whatever your current situation.


If furniture is your thing, and you are desperately in search of some choice pieces to liven up your living room, then reclaimed materials are currently all the rage. Reclaimed wood from pallets, crates, fences or any other source bring warmth to a sterile room and can be very cheap. Alternatively, industrial light fittings and other furniture bring a little minimalist chic when used in the right setting. Finally, a trip to your local flea market is a great chance to find forgotten items that simply require a little imaginative application in your home.

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Restoring or upcycling your existing furniture is also another way to breathe new life into tired old rooms. It’s amazing what a little sanding down, reupholstering or a splash of paint can achieve when you take the decision to restore unloved furniture and other items. The same can be said for your walls and floors – sometimes a little elbow grease may be required, but you’ll most certainly be glad of the effort when it’s time to relax. Take a look around and start thinking exactly how you can best use the stuff you already have.

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Photographic reproduction has given all art fans the opportunity to enjoy fabulous artworks at home – without spending millions for the pleasure. Marketplaces such as Lumas even go as far as to provide attractive, limited edition pieces for a fraction of the cost of what you might usually expect to pay. Perhaps the most versatile way to renovate, you can keep your favorite images with you for many years and easily move them from place to place. Take a look and choose something that complements your color scheme and you will find that it makes all the difference.

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If you suffer from box-apartment-syndrome and you desperately want to create at least the illusion of more space – then having plenty of mirrors is most definitely the way forward. Helping to reflect light, however limited it may be, mirrors create space in even the smallest rooms – giving you the opportunity to bring a little illumination to the darkest corners of your home. Think about where you will place your mirrors to maximize light from your windows and you will find that your living quarters are suddenly bathed in light.

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Tags: furniture, Reflect, renovation, Reproduce, Restoring, Simple Renovation, upcycling

Author: Maja Markovski


A 35-year-old female architect with a passion for innovative, sustainable design. I blend creativity and functionality to transform spaces into beautiful, practical environments.


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