Upgrading your interiors AND sticking to a tight budget: it sounds impossible, but it can be done. And opting for cheaper pieces won’t necessarily make your décor look cheap... if you know where to go and what to look for. So we’ve curated some beautiful items that won’t cost the earth - and are much more inexpensive than they appear.

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MARVELLOUS MARBLE

Because marble need not cost the earth. We’re currently coveting this sleek side table from Kmart (made from genuine marble) that we can already envisage laden with bouquets, perfume bottles and an assortment of other Instagrammable trinkets. And at just shy of $30, we can let ourselves give into this temptation guilt-free.

CHIC METALLICS

You’d be forgiven for assuming that this gorgeous IKEA bowl hails from the atelier of an expensive European interiors designer. Well, it’s European alright – Swedish, in fact – but it doesn’t come with a hefty Continental price tag. It’d look divine piled high with fruit or left empty for a Scandi-inspired minimalist look.

STELLAR BEAUTY

Add a little Art Deco chic to your décor with this sunburst mirror from H&M. This celestial beauty will brighten up a gloomy hallway, expand a pokey room, and enliven a bare wall. Plus, no-one will be able to tell it’s not a highly sought-after antique.

OF A FEATHER

Sticking to neutral hues can make your interiors a little soulless – in which case, adding some texture is your best bet for adding interest while keeping things white and bright. If your decorating palette ranges from snow white to cream and no further, may we suggest this feathered candle holder from Zara Home: whimsical and delicate, it’s hard to tell it’s a high street bargain.

COMING UP ROSES

What’s a modern home without a good dose of millennial pink? This rose-hued throw from Home Republic is ideal for adding a pop of colour into a space, while being neutral enough to still work seamlessly with most palettes. And although warmer days are now upon us, a light-weight linen throw is a perennially useful item to have on hand – perfect for summer evenings spent in the garden with friends.

Story by Tess Schlink

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