7 Cheap Ways to Update a Guest Room

As I have 3 rooms in my house and there’s only two of us living here, plus a massive pooch who only roams the downstairs. (He’s a white wolf in case you didn’t notice, check out Instagram using @mrsalinaghost if you don’t believe me.) That means that one room we use for our study and home office, as both of us tend to work from home once a week, and the other for guests (3rd is obvs our bedroom!) or, most often than not, as storage. I despise using it as a place to put things I want to forget about or not bothered to put away, so I decided it’s time for an update.

I don’t have money to redecorate on a big scale, and correct me if I’m wrong but most people don’t have big budgets for this, so I thought I’d put a list together of the things I can change gradually and on a budget and share it with you.

Here are my seven cheap ways to update a guest room:

1. Paint

Painting a room a different colour and creating a new look is probably the quickest and easiest way to make a big impact without spending a fortune. Even if you’re like my friend who spent nearly a hundred pounds on paint for ONE pot from Farrow and Ball, it lasted her for 3 different areas of the house, with some left over, and she only needed to do one coat of paint too because the paint was of such high quality. Cheaper alternatives can always be found on high street stores like B&Q, Homebase and the like.

Top tip: order a few samples because paint always looks different in the space that it’s in, either because it dries and changes colour or because the lighting (be it natural and from lamps) can give it a different hue. 

2. Lighting

As you know I did that Interiors Course online, which I passed earlier this year, and one of the modules was on the different types of lighting. There is such an abundance of lighting styles out there so buying something that suits your pennies and looks good in your space can be really easy to find. I was given this new light, for example, from First Choice Lighting online and FINALLY replaced the god-awful, broken, plastic chandelier that was hanging there from before we moved 4 years ago. It’s only £35 at the moment, so a really inexpensive ceiling light and a ‘pick-me-up’ that makes me happy each time I look at it.

*Chrome 5 Spot Light

3. Throws

Especially on a miserable winter’s day like today a simple throw that has a lovely texture, faux fur or knitted for example, can really add something special to the room. If it’s a bold colour, it’s even better because it looks like you’ve made a big change when really it’s just one item (that usually costs from as cheap as £20 to £50) depending on what you’re getting. Obviously there are more expensive / designer throws that cost more than that but we’re talking about cheap and easy ways to update a room 😉

4. Cushions

Cushions, cushions, cushions. If you’re reading my blog for the first time, let me tell you my friend, I loooovvveeee cushions. The husband despises them because I like to cosy up to them rather than him I think 😉 haha. Joking aside, I have cushions that are for every season, from light and bright ones to patterned cushions and dark Christmas cushions too. Whatever the weather, the season and my mood I have a couple of cushions I can swap the others for. If you’re a bargain hunter you can find cushions that are as cheap as a fiver so keep a lookout!

5. Rugs

Rugs are more expensive than some of the things I’ve mentioned above but they’re much cheaper than buying a new floor. Right? Rugs are an easy way to update the space you’re walking on, so your feet can have that warmth and comfort underfoot… sorry my Carpetright days, when I wrote about carpet, rugs and vinyl came out just then *vomits*. Anyway, you get my idea. Rugs are a cheap alternative to update the room without ripping up your flooring.

6. Curtains

My curtains seem to always be from Dunelm. They’re ready-made, pretty and affordable. It takes up a lot of space within the room so when you update curtains it always looks like you’ve updated more than you have, if that makes sense? I think I’ve spent from around £50 to £80 before on curtains but they do last for years so it’s a good and cheap investment in my opinion.

7. Unique home accessories

So, I’m a BIG home accessories hoarder… in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ve worked in the interiors industry for years and years. Although I’m a techy and prefer digital marketing to styling (I wish I had more time to style my home) I’ve always enjoyed having pretty things. I work for Amara and so I see plenty of luxury home accessories at sample sales and normal sales (I can’t afford designer products so I always wait for these which makes it more affordable!) Therefore, I think that if you’re always keeping an eye out in your favourite shops (online or shopping in-store) you’ll be sure to find something that doesn’t cost a fortune but adds to your room decor.

I wish you the best of luck updating your home without breaking the bank.

Comment below with your next home decorating projects!


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.