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Revamp your room at low cost

india Updated: Jan 22, 2012 01:38 IST
Priyanka Monga
Priyanka Monga
Hindustan Times
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Bored of the same old decor of your room? Infuse fresh life into it by making a few easy-on-the-pocket changes.

Shivika Bhasin, design consultant, Hulsta, says, “With the sale season on, it is a wise idea to revamp your room without cutting a moolah. Your room is the first space you see in the morning and the last one which holds on, so it’s worth the effort.”

And, you needn’t spend a fortune to redo your space. We get experts to tell us how you can get a complete new décor for your room within just Rs 5,000. The basic trick is to spend the major amount on just one aspect wall paint, furnishings or furniture and save the money on the rest.

Paint it yourself
Let your walls be the canvas! Save money on whitewash and paint the room yourself. Make it a fun task by calling over friends to help you. Interior designer Neeta Tuli says, “Paint the walls in funky styles, But ensure the base should be even before you apply a bright colour.” Check out Breathe Easy by Berger Paints, priced at Rs 300 per litre and Dulux 3-in-1 for Rs 250 per litre.

Furnishings
Furnishings play a vital role in uplifting the mood. You can create your own curtains and cushion covers or buy them from affordable stores such as export stores at Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar markets, where prices are comparatively lower than in branded stores.

Tuli says, “You can create beautiful curtains and cushion covers from old rejected saris. Use the body fabric for curtain length and their zardozi or banarsi silk borders on corners or panels.”

Furniture-n-accessories
It’s quite a challenge to buy furniture within Rs 5,000, so, the best way is to buy one furniture piece and mix and match it with older furniture items. The older pieces can be made to look new by painting them again in a bright colour that goes with your décor.

For less expensive accessories, you can scout the pottery market at Saket, and get hold of interesting and unique accessories available in your budget. Tuli suggests, “You can even utilise your old gold and copper utensils such as brass vases, patila’s or urlis for your decor, with a little bit of creativity. Make them the base for side tables by getting a plain mirror fixed on top.”

Accessories under Rs 500

This colourful cushion cover is a sure shot steal
Available at: www.HeavenandHome.com

Add some funk to your entry with this door knob
Available at: www.mukulgoyal.com

Light these colourful votives with tea-lights
Available at: BoConcept, Gurgaon

Let this bright candlestand be the centrepiece of the room
Available at: Home Centre by Lifestyle, Rajouri Garden

Stylise your wall with this cool poster
Available at: Happily Unmarried, Select CityWalk Mall, Saket