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'Changing Rooms' Experts Tell How To Update Your Room For Under $100

Naomi Findlay and Jane Thomson say it's not hard to give a room a new look, for not much cash!

Ever feel like your home could do with a little zhoosh? A mini makeover that doesn't cost too much cash but yet completely updates your look? Well it's not actually that hard, according to the experts from Network 10's Changing Rooms. It just takes a bit of know how. Which is where they come in.

"It's pretty doable, actually," says Jane Thomson, Changing Rooms' Interior Designer and Stylist. "To start with, you could zhoosh a sofa with pretty funky décor cushions from Kmart -- they have some really good products there. You can pick up a cushion for $10, which is fabulous."

"I did spy the other day that they actually also have an amazing throw," she continued. "It's a faux fur one that you can absolutely chuck in there and people would think it's a $400 throw."

"Then you can try grouping items on a coffee table. You can even use some beautiful books that kind of relate back to the room and your style," she told 10 daily. "So if you love design, or architecture, or even if you're into bikes, or something like that. Just arrange that on a coffee table. A tip is to always use the principle of three. Groups of three always look fabulous. You have one in the background, one in the foreground and one, kind of, sitting in the middle -- you work off the triangle principle. That always looks polished."

"Then you can try grouping items on a coffee table. You can even use some beautiful books that kind of relate back to the room and your style," she told 10 daily. "So if you love design, or architecture, or even if you're into bikes, or something like that. Just arrange that on a coffee table. A tip is to always use the principle of three, kind of a Fibonacci principle. Groups of three always look fabulous. You have one in the background, one in the foreground and one, kind of, sitting in the middle -- you work off the triangle principle. That always looks polished."

Then -- get yourself a plant or five. "I've always used plants because it just lifts the room up. It just gives it that beautiful bit of something green and fresh," she told 10 daily.

"Also," she added, "you can do a feature wall with some paint and I think you could absolutely nail it."

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For Naomi, Changing Rooms' resident design and renovation expert, one of the best things you can do to spruce up a room is actually declutter it. It costs you nothing!

"A hundred percent that is the first thing you can do -- and clean it," she laughed.

"For so many people, I know that sounds really simple, but they are two of the cheapest and easiest things that you can start with before you start spending money anywhere," she told 10 daily.

Next, actually get all of your accessories and decor items that you have in your home, pop them into one space and then look at them freshly again and see what you want to take into your lounge room. Because you might actually have things that you buy things over time and they end up in a cupboard, but if you looked at them with fresh eyes, they could be great accessory items to pop into your space."

Her next tip? Utilise Gumtree and Facebook marketplace.

"There is so much on there," she told 10 daily. "Things like side tables or coffee tables or entertainment units -- even beautiful old cane armchairs that you can pick up for free from these websites, that with a $10 tin of paint, you can actually transform into something really, really cool."

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"By the time you declutter, clean, restyle, get something free of Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace, you've probably still got 60 to 80 bucks left to spend on some cushions, some books, maybe a rug, maybe a piece of fabric for wall art," she added.

If you want to get crafty, her tip for the wall art we all need right now is simple. Wall rings.

"There are amazing wall rings and beautiful string wall hangings that you can actually google that stuff and learn how to make it yourself. You would literally pay between five and seven hundred dollars for one of those in a design store. But you can grab a drill, and make one yourself."

Changing Rooms airs 7:30pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays on 10 and 10 play

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