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19 easy and chic decorating tips for small homes for £100 or less

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Your cosy abode need not lack style or quirky touches just because you’re strapped for cash, or space. We’ve found 19 decorating tips for small homes that will give your place an update, for under £100.

You don’t need to spend hours in B&Q to upgrade your home, nor do you need to even utter the letters DIY. 

That’s right, even if your pad is a tad on the pokey side, you can give it a face-lift with some savvy and strategic shopping. 

From statement shelves to luscious faux fur throws, take inspiration from these 19 examples of interior design heaven and get a slice of the action for yourself, for under £100.

Oprah once said, “when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself” - so here’s to making the most of the little spaces we call our own. 

  • Small yellow cotton rug

    Room: bedroom and living room

    It can bring a spot of colour to a white and plain room without looking garish.

  • Black and white fashion photography

    £51.97 (frame included), kingandmcgaw.com

  • Black and white fashion photography

    Room: bathroom

    Fashion photography instantly adds glamour to your bathroom, as seen from this tiny New York City rental bathroom. 

    See more pictures at mydomaine.com.

  • Prism wall décor

    £25, umbra.com 

  • Prism wall décor

    Room: living room, hallway, dining area

    When combined, these simple metal art pieces can make a large boring wall interesting, while keeping the room light and airy. 

  • Geometric towels

    £12-32, Debenhams.com

  • Gatsby pool towels

    Room: bathroom

    Bring a splash of colour and print to a dim bathroom. 

  • Neon sign

  • Neon sign

    Room: bedroom, living room

    Bring character to a bedroom with an Emin-inspired slogan in lights. 

    Get more inspiration from ryannford.blogspot.co.uk.

  • Copper framed poster

    £18.50 (A3, unframed), notonthehighstreet.com

  • Copper foil poster

    Room: bedroom

    Jazz up your room with some warm words by E.E.Cummings sealed in beautiful copper foil lettering. Hang it on a wall or rest it on your dresser. 

  • Black and gold pendant lightshade

    £39, Made.com

  • Black and gold pendant lightshade

    Room: living room, bedroom, kitchen

    Spruce up a space with a statement metal lampshade. It always looks more expensive than it is and any gold touches bring more luxury to a room. 

  • Hand-dyed cushion covers

  • Hand-dyed cushion covers

    Room: bedroom, living room

    These cushions add a soft splash of colour to white-washed walls in rental homes.

  • Faux fur throw

  • Faux fur throw

    Room: bedroom, living room

    Splurging on a glorious throw will not only turn your room into a cosy cabin. It’ll see you through every Netflix binge on a cold day.

    Image: instagram.com/cobdenandhayson

  • Invisible book shelf

    £10-20, Amazon.com

  • Invisible book shelf

    Room: bedroom, living room, hallway

    If you don't have space for a large book stand, this is a brilliant way to show off your book collection and let the covers do the talking. Especially when you have little money to spend on paint and attractive furniture.

    Image: instagram.com/floatingbooks

  • Moroccan star pouffe

  • Moroccan star pouffe

    Room: bedroom, living room

    Handmade in Morocco, these beautiful cloud-like footstools are a brilliant way to make a contemporary or traditional room look interesting without investing in new furniture. 

  • Vintage Style Glass Bottles With Fresh Flowers

  • Glass bottle vases

    Room: any

    What do you see in every luxury hotel foyer area? Fresh flowers. Invest in a good quality collection of small jars that you can regularly replenish with a single bouquet bought from your local supermarket or florist.

  • Gold mirror

    £69.99, zarahome.com

  • Gold mirror

    Room: living room, bedroom

    Gold brings an instant charm to dull walls, while mirrors add dimensions to narrow rooms. 

    Image: Instagram/painttheworldwhite

  • Mix and match cushions

    £6.99, hm.com

  • Mix and match cushions

    Room: living room, bedroom

    H&M have a great range of cushion covers including block colours, stripes, animal portraits and knitted styles that are perfect for buying in bulk and mixing together. It's the easiest way to upgrade a tired old sofa you've had for a few years.

  • Statement lampshade

    £59, made.com

  • Statement lampshade

    Rooms: living room, hallway

    Invest in a statement lamp - one that's a real conversation starter - and place it next to a potted plant or a stack of books on a small sofa side table.

  • Plant stand

  • Plant stand

    Room: any

    These plant stands by Danish design house, Ferm Living, are a must for any plant corner or grouping. These look great as a pair for variation in height.

  • Kitchen art

    £20, etsy.com

  • Kitchen art

    Room: kitchen

    We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and yet it can get the least amount of love when it comes to decor. A witty phrase is a lovely way to make your mark in the room. And if you don't have a free wall, simply place the frame on the worktop in the far corner.

  • Smithy side table

  • Smithy stool

    Room: any

    This striking, stylish and versatile smithy stool can be used as a gorgeous side table.