Try rearranging your furniture. This won’t cost you anything and can give a room a lift. Just be sure to use safe lifting practices, otherwise you might need to pay for an unexpected visit to the chiropractor.

Make yourself a new headboard out of a salvage find. An old gate, fence panel or some carved wardrobe doors could be set into a frame for a cool country bedhead.

Try splurging on new cushions. They are much cheaper than new bedlinen and can really give a bed a fresh face.

Visit some charity shops or garage sales for some character-filled finds to add to bedside tables.

Try a new feature wall colour.

Add some pattern to your room by covering a small chair or try throwing a nice length of fabric or a sarong over a curtain rod to add another layer of interest to your windows.

Replace your bedside lamp shades with something striking, like red beaded shades or floral shades.

Visit the $2 shops and buy cheap canvases to decorate and use above the bed. Try one long canvas or four small ones grouped together. Cover with interesting papers or fabric off-cuts.

Have another look through your wardrobe for scarves or wraps that could be used on the end of your bed or to wrap around a cushion.

Don’t forget to throw open your windows to get rid of musty smells, then bring some fresh flowers or a nice candle into the room to add fragrance.