Being a new homeowner or a long term renter can have one wanting to spruce things up a bit. Making your space more inviting, personal and tailored to your tastes– but if you’re a student, growing family, or just budget conscious; decorating and furnishing a space can put a big dent in your wallet.
Though there can be some relatively large obligatory purchases, there are ways to decorate your home in style and without spending a small fortune. See our ten tips on how to decorate on a budget and get saving for the more important things– or outfit your entire home on a dime.
1. Update with a fresh coat of paint. Splashing your walls with a bright and bold color can make a huge difference in the overall feel, mood and theme of a room. Decide what you want to convey, and pick a paint color to match.
2. Upcycle old items. Take old and rarely used pitchers, figurines and anything that you rarely touch– and use them as display items, organizational methods and decoration for your space. These small things can add character and breathe new life not only into old items but into your room as well.
3. Add new bedding and throws. If you spend a majority of your time at work, and the other huge portion sleeping– it only makes sense to update your bedding. Colorful bedding can be interchangeable throughout the seasons to create different looks and feels. Use flannel sheets in the winter, and swap them out for more bold and patterned bedding in the spring and summer months.
4. Add fresh greenery. Livening up a room can be as eventful as painting, adding flooring, or as simple as providing some extra flowers to breathe new life into an interior.
5. Mix the new and the old. Not everything needs to be brand new in order to be appealing. Mix and match your new items and Ikea pieces with old vintage wares. Paint an old planter to bring a new focal point to the room.
6. Go vintage. Shop your local thrift stores and flea markets for old time finds. You’ll be surprised what will turn up at some of these places. Keep your mind open to the possibilities of a rattan or woven wicker headboard. Buy collections of items and attach them to your walls as decoration.
7. DIY. This may seem like an obvious option, but you don’t always have to build the entire dresser yourself. You can take an existing piece of furniture and paint it, add some funky pulls and place it in front of a chalkboard wall for an expressive look.
8. Add draperies and window treatments. It doesn’t matter where you put them, but window treatments and draping fabric add a beautiful visual element to a space. Texture, light balance and color are all brought into account when you incorporate some hanging fabrics– and incorporating them in different ways is always a welcome surprise.
9. Look to lighting, scent and ambiance. Adding light and bright patterns to the flooring allows light to bounce around the room, placing reed diffusers around and cleaning up your home makes everything feel new and fresh.
10. Take your time. Evolve your personal style and really fuse your tastes with your talents. Adding random wall art onto a patterned free-hand painted wall might not be your first go-to; but you’d be surprised with the creativity that hits when you’re on a budget.