While many home changes can be costly, architect Laura Jane Clark shares seven ideas that will not shake your pockets.

1. Get inspiration from original materials.

If you are interested in an exposed brick wall, Laura Jane says a nice starting point is to look at the color of the brick.

She recommends looking at original bricks for inspiration and choosing complementary colors to use as accents in your overall color scheme. "A deep black or a warm gray just sums it all up," she says.

2. Find cheaper options for window and door frames.

An industrial interior look is very easy to achieve but can be costly, especially if you look at steel-framed doors or windows.

However you can get the same effect by using those printed on aluminum, says Laura Jane.

"Steel-framed doors are so elegant and so beautiful and come in double-glazed options. Aluminum is not as thin, but it is about creating a feeling that will last."

3. Choose sustainable products.

Bookcases, cupboards and other wooden items can look great when made from processed wood.

Old-fashioned thin-filament lamps are another trend, but look for LED versions with energy efficiency.

4. Create a V-shaped stripes effect on the floor.

Solid, shiny oak planks are joined together to create the perfect zigzag, to achieve the same look with a smaller budget.

5. Connect with outdoor space.

Bringing what is outside inside and creating a space full of light is very important, especially for people who are accustomed to wet weather.

6. Create a plank wall.

For a cheap but easy way to create a space suitable for fun or to turn a dead place into a usable space, a plank wall is easy to create using special paint.

A well-prepared surface is essential for good results. For a smoother effect, use dark gray paint instead of black paint.

7. Hide appliances like washing machine, dryer…

Renovations often require finding a new space for your washing machine.

In some homes you can create a closet, a small room or a perfect place is even down the stairs.

This useful space can be used to hold items that you do not want to have on your feet or for others to see.