Not all of us are “do-it-yourselfers”, and not all of us have the money to finance classy furnishings to give our homes a makeover. But there’s no limit to the imagination when it comes to bringing out the beauty in old items we find around us to spruce things up on a budget.
Thinking creatively is the best way to decorate on a budget. Using things in ways they were not intended, redoing old items that have lost their luster, or buying relatively inexpensive items and jazzing them up can really beautify your home.
Tips for Decorating on a Budget
1. Clean and Declutter
This tip requires no creativity, and absolutely no money to accomplish. We always recommend starting your home decorating with a thorough cleaning. You can use natural products to clean surfaces and add a new shine to countertops and furniture.
While you’re at it, collect things you no longer need or use in a box to give to charity. Uncluttering surfaces is the easiest way to spruce up the look of your home.
2. Update the Lighting
Often, poor lighting spoils the loveliness of the house. Take a look at your light fixtures. Replacing old and shabby-looking light shades is an inexpensive way to redecorate.
Lamp shades come in many colors and patterns. Ditch your old beige lamp shades and replace with something more modern and colorful. Lamp shades are one of the most inexpensive ways to revive your place.
Even glass lamp covers and sconces can be replaced with something more modern to update the look.
3. Add a Splash of Color
Add interest to your room by using splashes of colors. There are many cheap ways to add color to a room. Something as easy as adding colorful pillows to your couch can change the look of a room dramatically. You don’t have to buy new pillows, just acquire new pillow cases – or make them yourself from leftover fabric!
Splashes of color don’t always have to match your household furnishings, just be sure the colors all work together. A bit of bright orange can really dress up a drab grey couch. You might also consider adding a colorful rug or a brightly colored wall hanging.
4. Add Art
A well-chosen piece of art can add a lot of life to your space. I really like framing my own art, whether it be a photo from a vacation, or a picture of the family, or a canvas we painted as a family. You might already have a photo you could blow up and frame. If not, think about what might look good in your space and go out and take the perfect picture!
If you’re just not an artist, you can purchase large pieces of art on the cheap online from Amazon or Art.com, or from stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
5. Paint an Accent Wall
Change the looks of your house without needing to purchase gallons of paint. Pick a prominent wall in the room and paint it a bright color. Doing just one wall won’t take more than a gallon of paint (depending on the size of the room) and it’s a great way to dramatically change the look of the room.
If you’re willing to get super creative, you could paint a mural or creative design. We painted a family tree on a very large living room wall in our old house. Each branch had a family picture attached.
Paint can also spruce up old wood furniture. Look around and take stock of the furniture you have in your house that could use a color change. TV stands, armoires and side tables could be painted white or even just restained to bring them back to life.
6. Seek Treasures
Jevin is the yard saler in our family. He could spend the whole weekend scavenging for treasures. Go to garage sales and see what you find. Old furniture can be refinished, resanded, repainted. This is where your creativity comes in.
One design idea that we love is using all different types of chairs around your dining table. Rather than spending a fortune on new chairs, you can purchase random old chairs from yard sales and redo them to add some flair to your kitchen.
One of the major reasons people decide it’s time to redecorate is that the furniture is looking old. You don’t have to get rid of your couch just because the fabric is outdated or worn. It’s not out of the question to reupholster your own furniture.
You can buy a furniture slip cover, but it’s actually not that difficult to go a step further and recover the couch or chair with new fabric. You’ll need enough heavy-duty fabric to cover the furniture, a good pair of scissors, and a heavy-duty stapler.
If you find an old chair or couch at a yard sale that needs a bit of love, you could reupholster it with a unique fabric to match your accent wall.
8. Add Plants
Adding some touches of nature to your home can really help brighten the place up. You can place a selection of plants on side tables, mantle pieces, or in the windowsill.
You don’t have to commit to taking care of a bunch of finicky plants. There are plenty of indoor plants and herbs that just need sunlight and watering. See our article on how to start an indoor garden.
As you can see, the trick with home decoration does not solely depend on the budget that you can outline for your project. But on your ability to think creatively and to put that thinking into workable home decoration plans.
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