Say good buy for a summer boost

There are many demands on the budget in the summer, with children off school needing to be entertained and holidays to be paid for. But that doesn’t mean you have to neglect your home. Updating rooms doesn’t have to be a costly indulgence, so why not opt for a few inexpensive treats to give your home a seasonal lift.

There are many demands on the budget in the summer, with children off school needing to be entertained and holidays to be paid for. But that doesn’t mean you have to neglect your home. Updating rooms doesn’t have to be a costly indulgence, so why not opt for a few inexpensive treats to give your home a seasonal lift.

These budget buys will add instant style and win compliments - all for under €50.

Hallways can make perfect picture galleries and are the ideal place to show off your holiday photos, as they cannot be missed by visitors. Use a collection of frames to give a display impact or blow up one of your favourite snaps on a canvas. Photos can be turned into prints or canvasses by printing companies.

All the chain stores including Dunnes Stores, Tesco, B&Q, Woodies etc have great selections of frames varying in price from cheep and cheerful to seriously impressive.

Revamp a dull kitchen simply and cheaply by spray painting units and chairs in your favourite colours.

Plasti-Kote Super Spray paint, which is available in a 400ml can, comes in a wide range of shades to suit every scheme. It’s available from DIY stores including B&Q.

Embrace this season’s crafts/patchwork trend and create a unique splashback using floral tiles from the Vintage collection, featuring 30 designs (mix with plain ones to enhance the effect).

Add a further homely feel with flower decorated containers. Set of three Creative Tops storage tins from the ‘Katie Alice - Cottage Flower’ range, Debenhams.

If you’re squeezing a work or hobby corner into a small space, you want to make the most of every inch. Filing cabinets help bring calming order and tall, narrow storage could be ideal for a compact corner. A slim six-drawer unit on castors will be stylish and space saving.

A quirky desk accessory could raise a smile even if you are stuck indoors tackling paperwork. Keep things smart and tidy with bookends - a pair shaped like birds would echo the trend for all things fluttering.

Zone the space in an open-plan kitchen area by papering the wall behind your dining table with a chic, luxurious pattern. Just make sure the other walls are painted in a restful shade, to visually keep the two areas separate.

Get a new look in an instant with new seating which doesn’t stretch the budget. Invest in a single new chair just to brighten up your dining area and will also serve as a conversation piece.

Colourful, floral china will make summer teas special, with great offers available in all the shops now.

Little touches can make so much difference to a room. Brighten a neutral scheme with a pop of vibrant colour in accessories, such as a Titania table lamp, available in five colours, B&Q. Transform a dull cupboard with new handles. Bombay Duck has a brilliant collection. Make a feature of keepsakes by grouping them in a box frame, and add pretty ornaments such as tealight holders, from selected Tesco stores.

No room’s complete without a flower arrangement and faux ones are so good these days even garden enthusiasts can be fooled, and they’re so much easier to maintain than the real thing.

Let florals flourish in the bedroom and team with pretty pastels for a soft, feminine and fashionable look.

When the great Irish climate allows, create a stylish outdoor living room with chairs and accessories, so you can soak up the sun whenever it appears.

Make garden furniture more comfortable with cushions.