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How to Decorate on a Budget

It can be difficult decorating your home on a budget, but we're here to help with these tips.

By: Sara Raffensperger, Editor, AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com
How to Decorate on a Budget
How to Decorate on a Budget
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After staring at the same decorations and furniture for years, you start getting cabin fever in your own home. You want to spruce up your home so it feels new and refreshing, but who has the money for the complete overhaul they show on TV? We're here to give you some tips on How to Decorate on a Budget. DIY home decor can be a lot of fun and you'll feel proud that to say, "Actually, I made that myself" when your guests ask where you bought something. They won't believe that you did everything yourself; they will be incredibly impressed.
You don't have to have a big budget (or even a medium one) to make your home beautiful to you. All it takes is a little creativity and some inspiration and suddenly you're coming up with your own ideas and designs. Decorating your home on a budget doesn't have to be scary, nor do you have to sacrifice your personal style. Let's get started with some of these awesome decoration ideas!

Decorating on a Budget

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One of the best ways to spruce up your house on a budget is to work with what you already have. Make a room seem new again by moving around the furniture or painting an end table a bright color. You don't have to go far to make your house look like you just redecorated.

  1. Move the furniture around. You can get a fresh perspective and a new feeling in a room if you just move the couch to the other side of the room. Move it closer to the window or put the side table on the other side. You don't have to buy anything new or hire a designer to make the furniture you already own look good!

  2. Reupholster something you already own. You can make a couch or chair look completely new by reupholstering it. You could also reupholster bucket to make an ottoman or small stool. 

  3. Paint works wonders. Paint a door or a set of cabinets or your bookshelf to make it look new. There's nothing like a new coat of paint to brighten up a room.
    A similar tip is adding contact or wallpaper to the back of your bookshelves for a subtle pop of color.

Budget Decorating Ideas

Let's head out of the house and look for inspiration elsewhere. You can find awesome design pieces to decorate your home on a budget in thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, etc. Decorating your home doesn't have to mean a trip to IKEA or Pottery Barn; let us inspire you to find more affordable ways to make your house your dream home.

  1. Scour estate and garage sales and thrift stores. Inventory will change often so it's to your benefit to go as often as possible to snatch up the best stuff. Online resources like Craigslist will list items for sale or even things that are free. Sometimes you'll get lucky and you'll find something left on a curb, but it's a better bet to look for things in a thrift store that you can repurpose.

  2. Split sets with a friend. If one of you finds a couch and chair set that you both love, split the cost with each other. One of you gets the couch and the other gets the chair. This is a good way for both of you to get something new and save money!

  3. Add a mirror or two. Mirrors work room magic. They can make your space seem bigger or more open. They can also reflect more light around the room if your house tends to be a bit dim. If you find a mirror with a beautiful frame, then your room will look that much better!
    You could even make your own mirror frame like this Color Wheel Clothespin Mirror.

  4. Mix quality pieces with less expensive ones. For example, buy one pricier piece of art, but surround it with cheaper prints. The quality piece becomes the focal point and the prints will be accents that will make your room look more interesting. 
    You could also make your own art instead of buying prints. You don't have to be a professional artist to make something beautiful to decorate your walls!
    Use your scrap fabric to make this stunning Embroidered DIY Wall Art.
    Another tip is to frame beautiful pictures you find in magazines. Your magazines are just waiting to be turned into wall art, and your guests won't believe that you really just ripped it (carefully) out of a magazine.

  5. Upgrade your coffee table. One of our favorite coffee table upgrades is one of the simplest: cut (or have someone cut) some Plexiglass to fit over your coffee table. Underneath, you can display photos of your favorite memories, places, or people. You can simultaneously protect a wooden table from coffee rings and also show off your photography! 
    It will be the best conversation starter and send you happily down memory lane with your guests. 

  6. Buy the good things where it matters. If you buy something just because it's cheaper than something else, then you're going to want to replace it immediately. If you can wait and save a little more to buy something more high quality, then you'll be much happier with the purchase. If it's a quality piece, then it will last longer and you'll get more return on your investment. 
    Buy a good couch and a good mattress. Those things might be a bit more expensive than you'd like; however, having a nice place for your guests to sit and a good mattress to sleep on every night is a necessity. Having places to relax will make your life happier and just better
    You can buy things cheaper like coffee tables and picture frames. Spend money where it counts and cut back where it doesn't matter much. You'll be glad you prioritized. 

  7. Tiny upgrades make a big impact. When you change the little details, they make something look brand new. Change the hardware on your cabinets or switch out your door knobs. Switch out a lampshade for something different and see how it changes the light in the room or brightens a previously dark corner. Upgrade the faucets in your bathroom and it will suddenly feel like a spa.
    Little changes like these can make your house look carefully constructed. Perhaps they can even improve the value of your home if you're looking to sell.

  8. Add plants. A room will be instantly more "homey" and feel finished when you add plants or flowers. If you have a black thumb, you can rest easy. There are plants like succulents or even faux flowers that will still make your house look complete and floral.

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Alot of helpful tips here. I like upcycling crafts so I would buy a photo frame from a thrift store or garage sale and repaint it. I also added floatin shelves in my apartment which I display my Terra Cotta potted plants in plus my mason jar crafts.

There are a bunch of great ideas here! A lot of my furniture/home decor is secondhand from my parents, thrift stores, or from Ikea, so I definitely want to jazz it up to bring it into this century!

This was such a useful read. I always end up spending too much on my home decor--not anymore, though!

Super helpful! I used a lot of ideas like this for my first apartment. Creativity can really transform your space. That and Ikea. LOL

IKEA is perfect when you just want to buy something...except then you have to put it together. So you get an awesome blend of DIY and store-bought, right?

Awesome! I try to save money when decorating but I am not really sure how. These tips will certainly help me make my place look great without spending a ton.

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