Spruce Up Your Home this Christmas for Less

27th November 2018

Family, Home, Money

Whether you’re looking to completely redecorate or simply add a little sparkle into your home, we’re always on the look out for cost-effective ways to make the house look great around the festive season. So, we’ve teamed up with home and lifestyle blogger Pamela from Life With Munchers, who’s shared her fantastic top tips on sprucing up your home this Christmas!

Buy plenty of small decorations

The festive period is now upon us and we all want our homes to be in tip top condition for the all-important tree going up.

But it doesn’t have to cost the earth to transform your living space into one that’s fit for Santa. George has a dedicated Christmas furnishing section full of affordable decorations to choose from, so you’ll be all set to spruce up your home from top to bottom.

Have a look around your home

Sometimes the best items to decorate a room are already in your home. It’s amazing when you find that missing “something” was actually the plant in the hallway… And the best bit is that it costs you nothing! The same applies in reverse too. Maybe there’s a few pieces in the room that you’ve fallen out of love with, or that don’t quite fit with your taste anymore. Either repurpose to another room in the house or make some extra cash on a selling website to boost your decorating budget.

Also, don’t be afraid to recover or upcycle a piece of furniture to make the most of your budget. Upcycling is easier than you think, and there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube for how to do this. Or, have a look on local social media groups for people who specialise in reupholstery or upcycling.

Renew your furnishings

The most cost-effective pieces to change in a room are cushions, lighting and home accessories. So, if you want to change the overall colour scheme, or add a texture into a room, you can do it quite affordably. You can check out this post about budget room transformations, for quick but effective items to change in your room.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you like changing up your room often, then be cost conscious when replacing things like cushions and home accessories. This way, you can afford to refresh them more often without breaking the bank every time.

Refresh the paint

Changing up that feature wall for another colour can make all the difference in any room! By adding a dark moody blue feature wall you can instantly create a cosy living space, perfect for snuggling up in this Christmas. 

By painting the walls yourself, you can also save money. From edging tools to paint pads, there are so many handy gadgets out there to help you create a professional finish. If you’re decorating for the festive season, then why not try adding a little glitter to the paint for a light sparkle?

Add a statement piece

Every room needs a statement piece, whether it’s wall art, a sofa, or even a console table. Pick a statement piece that adds a bit of ‘wow’ to your room. A highbacked armchair is a great way to add interest and height to any living room.

If you’re looking for great statement pieces, George has a range of fantastic furniture such as sofas, coffee tables and dining tables; perfect for gathering the family round over Christmas.

Play with lighting

Although it might seem like a small element, lighting is massively important to any room. It’s key for creating atmosphere, whatever the occasion, but particularly at Christmas time. Don’t feel that you have to stick with the pendant light that was “always there”. Try creating lighting zones. You can add pull-out wall lights around seating, or floor lamps for a general ambient light. Don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun!

If you’re struggling with natural daylight in a room, a top tip is to add mirrors to bounce light around. It creates quite the illusion in the darkest of spaces and is cheaper than rewiring additional lighting into a room.

Texture up

Something that is quite easy to forget when adding a new colour palette to a room is texture. Texture adds a bit of luxury to a room and is so easy to add at the moment with chunky knit throws and velvet cushions! Add a faux fur rug over a footstool for the ultimate cosy night in - you can pick up faux fur rugs for as little as £30.00 from George at Home.

Shop the sales

Don’t forget to keep an eye out at your favourite home stores for their big sales. One of my all-time top tips is to sign up to their newsletters for VIP events and first pick of the items…it works every year for me. There is always a sale at this time of year, so be frugal with your home accessories.

Know where to spend the money

So, if you’re looking at those big purchase products to add that final touch and bring the room together, do it in an affordable way. Get yourself a credit card that helps you with those big spends by offering 0% interest if you’ve spent over a certain amount*. You can even double up with a card that offers cashback on those purchases, and that extra boost might be all you need to add that little extra to impress the family.

Even if you’re not planning on anything big and instead looking at smaller subtle pieces, you will be surprised at how quick your cashback can add up. And by spreading the cost you can afford more without spending more.

Whatever you decide to do to spruce up your home this Christmas, you can get unlimited cashback on all of your purchases, from wherever you shop, with the Asda Money Cashback Credit card. This means you’ll have more money to spend in-store or online on next year’s Christmas shopping!

 

Representative 19.9% APR Variable

T&Cs: Asda Stores Limited, Great Wilson Street, Leeds, LS115AD, trading as Asda Money, acts as a credit broker not as a lender and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Asda Stores Limited only offers credit cards issued by Creation Financial Services Limited, Chadwick House, Blenheim Court, Solihull, B91 2AA. Credit issued subject to status. Applicants must be aged 18 or over and UK resident (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands). For full Terms and Conditions please visit Asda.com/creditcard

*Asda Cashback Credit Card Representative Example: Standard Purchases: 19.9% p.a. variable. | Representative: 19.9% APR variable | Based on an assumed credit limit: £1200.

For purchases of £200 or more online at George.com (after any applicable discount): No interest shall be charged on qualifying purchase(s) for the six months following the date of purchase(s). After the six month period the interest rate for Standard Purchases applicable to the account is then payable on any remaining balance of the purchase. To qualify, purchases must be made at George.com on a valid Asda Cashback Credit Card in a single transaction. The promotion may be withdrawn or extended by Asda Money at any time without prior notice. If you do not make at least your minimum payment on time or you exceed your credit limit you will lose the promotional rate and any balance will be charged at the standard rate.

 

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