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  • Business Insider asked three designers to share their best decorating tips that don't cost any money to follow.
  • Some of the best ways to spruce up your space include decluttering, moving pillows from one room to another, and colour-coding your bookshelves.
  • Interior designers also suggested people use leftover paint or wildflowers and branches from outside to decorate to their homes.
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Embracing a fresh new interior look could be just what the doctor ordered to keep you occupied during lockdown.

Business Insider asked three interior designers for their best tips on sprucing up a room without spending any money.

Here's how you can upgrade your home without buying anything new: 


First off, decluttering your space can make a huge difference.

Javier Fernandez, interior designer at Transitional Designs, said decluttering will change the look and feel of any room.

"Look at your dining room. Is the dining table stocked high with mail and projects that you had planned to get to? Well, there's no time like the present to clear and organise it," he said.


Give the carpets in your home a deep, thorough clean.

Washing your carpets is another free way to spruce up your space, Courtney Turk, owner of and interior designer at Courtney Turk Interiors, told Insider.

"Get your hands dirty and scrub your rugs. By giving your rugs a deep clean, it will refresh your home and also help to prolong the life of your carpet as well," Turk told Insider.


Rearrange some items you already have and turn them into decorative, or useful, accents.

Once you've decluttered, consider adding streamlined accents. These types of carefully curated accents can accentuate a room while keeping the space clean and uncluttered, according to Christina Nielsen, interior designer at Christina Nielsen Design.

Nielsen suggested placing a bowl of fruit or a stack of lemons on top of some cookbooks in your kitchen or adding a small plant or floral arrangement in your entryway.

These accents can be practical, too.

"If you have a console table in the foyer, make sure everything is easily accessible. Create a spot for your keys - I love leaving a little dish out for this," she said.


Organise your bookshelves and try sorting them by colour or separating them with pretty knickknacks.

If you have shelves that are completely filled with books, try displaying them in a more untraditional way, Turk suggested.

"Stack them on top of one another, and add in a few favourite pictures or vases you may have stored away to create some depth and character on the shelf," she told Insider.

You can also place books of similar colours together and try to create variations to display them, she suggested.


Go "shopping" in your home to find items you may not be using or could be displaying somewhere else.

Sometimes the best "shopping" is quite literally done in your own home, said Fernandez.

"Check the attic, storage room, and closets. You'll likely find something you put away a while ago. Now, with fresh eyes, you can see how it might work in one of your rooms," he told Insider.

For example, he explained, a den or a living room can be easily transformed if you hang up different curtains or change the wattage on your light bulbs to create mood lighting.


Try angling your furniture differently or positioning it in a new way.

Rearranging your accent pieces and furniture is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change the look of a room, according to Fernandez.

"Adjust the lines of your room by angling your sofa and chairs differently, making sure natural light is the highlight here to enhance the spatiality of a room," Nielsen added.


Use leftover paint to breathe new life into a room.

"Just about everyone I know has some leftover paint sitting in storage," Fernandez said. "In my opinion, there's nothing like a fresh coat of paint."

If you don't have enough paint to freshen an entire room, you can just paint one wall as an accent. Or, he added, you can use painter's tape and a bit of precision to create a pattern on the ceiling.


Use branches and wildflowers from outside to add natural decor into your home.

Flowers can help brighten up a space and bring nature indoors, Fernandez said.

"Gather some branches and florals [from] outdoors for a seamless and cost-effective way to update your home instantly," Nielsen told Insider. "In the spring, a large array of cherry blossoms are my favourite."


Try adding accents and new touches to pieces you already own.

If you want to get crafty, try using some of the leftover fabrics, buttons, and lace you may have found while decluttering.

These adornments can be used to revamp existing curtains, throw pillows, or blankets, Fernandez said.

"Taking a simple ribbon and adding it as trim to your existing curtains will immediately change the look of them," Fernandez told Insider. "Go through the bag of spare buttons, take out the colourful one and go to town applying them to that old throw pillow."


Rearrange your pillows or move them to a different spot.

Moving your pillows around from one room to another is also a way to update your home's overall look, according to Nielsen.

"Rearrange them on your sofa, swap in a pillow from another room, eliminate some pillows to create a sleeker space, or stack pillows on top of your bedding (preferably all white) for a crisp effect," she told Insider.


Find a new way to hide your wires and cables in order to create a neater space.

Another great way to neaten up your space is to hide the unsightly and cables and wires that may be sticking out of your television or internet router.

"By doing so, it immediately upgrades the space from feeling disheveled and incomplete to put-together and high-end," Turk said.

There are a number of hacks you can do to remove them from sight, like hiding them behind your furniture, tucking them into a drawer, or using cord covers.


Swap out the photos in your frames.

Another great way to update your space is by swapping out photos in your picture frames with newly printed ones or old ones that you've had stored away.

If you have extra wall space you can also create a gallery of your favourite photos, Fernandez added.

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