Decorating your home can be challenging and overwhelming. Sometimes it can even be confusing and disheartening, especially when we see magazines and TV shows featuring a lot of bank-breaking decorating ideas. Fortunately, there are ways for you to create your dream home without having to empty your wallet. These eight tips will show you that you can decorate your home and make it more stylish and chic even when you’re on a budget.
8 Ways to Decorate Your Home on a Budget
One of the easiest, most cost-effective, and time-saving ways to transform your home is by painting it. With a fresh coat or two, you can make any space look new or completely different in a matter of few hours.
What’s great about painting is that it all depends on your creativity. Beyond painting your walls with one color, you can combine different hues and create interesting effects to your liking – such as color-washing, ombre, or stripes.
Plus, painting isn’t limited just for walls. You can use paint on your counters, floors, kitchen cabinets, and even old wooden furniture to give them a fresh feel.
So, choose your colors, grab some brushes and a gallon or two of high-quality paint (which will cost your less than $100), and paint away.
2. Go Thrift Shopping
When buying furniture or décor for your home, remember that it doesn’t always have to be brand new. Check out pre-loved items at antique stores, flea markets, or thrift shops. Here you’ll often find hidden gems, like glassware or lamps, which are often perfect as they are or with a little refurbishing.
Another great place to shop for unique pieces are reuse centers like Habitat for Humanity ReStore. From appliances and furniture to home renovation materials, here you can find useful items that are often sold at a fraction of retail prices.
Similarly, check if your area has a Freecycle Group. It’s a network of grassroots groups and a non-profit movement where people can give and get pre-loved items for free to people who need or want it. Not only are you helping people from your neighborhood, but you're also protecting the environment.
3. Check Out Local Art or Create Your Own
At times, a room can feel bare without any artwork. But that doesn’t mean you have to go all out for an original da Vinci.
Rather, consider investing in some artists from your area. Many colleges and community programs showcase the work of up-and-coming talents, and you can purchase them very affordably. You might also want to connect with a local painter or printing press who can recreate your favorite images.
Additionally, you can make your own art if you’re in the mood to get creative. Don’t worry, it’s not limited to only paintings. You can easily purchase and frame poster prints, magazine cut-outs, jigsaw puzzles, travel memorabilia, or patterned fabrics – essentially, anything that catches your attention.
4. Repurpose What You Already Have
Decorating your home doesn’t always have to be about buying things. Sometimes, you just need to give an old piece a new purpose. This means making the most out of what you already have and turning them into something even greater.
Here are some ideas you can explore:
- If you have an old wooden table, you can repaint and refinish it and turn it into a bedside table or TV stand.
- Hang your decorative china plates on a blank wall to make a chic accent wall.
- Keep some of your wine bottles, wash off the labels, and transform them into vases.
- Have extra dresser drawers? Take them apart, paint them, and mount them on the wall for an instant bookcase.
- Print and frame some personal photos and make a gallery hall.
You might just be surprised by how versatile your belongings already are.
5. Choose Your Accent Pieces
For a quick and easy home makeover, invest in a few special pieces that will serve you best (or bring out your creative personality) instead of splurging on everything. For inexpensive but high-quality options for your accent chair, coffee table, or other furniture, check out stores like Anthropologie.
If you’re looking for small accent pieces, try having faux plants in a handcrafted pot for chic, long-lasting décor. If you want it more natural, fresh flowers (that you can arrange in your repurposed wine bottle vase) are a must to adding colors and fragrance to your home.
Add sheepskin rugs to your barstools and sofas for a luxe feel. And no, they don’t have to be a major investment. Shops like IKEA, Target, and Amazon have them at affordable prices.
Want to go for that Bohemian beachy vibe? Try adding woven baskets in your desired room. Plus, they make great storage space for spare clutter.
Looking to add more light to the room? Go for a restored lamp shade or scented candles. These can make a big difference in creating a better atmosphere and elevated look to your home.
6. Upgrade Your Accents
Speaking of accent pieces, consider updating some of the ones you already have rather than buying new items.
For example, instead of wallpapering an entire room, you can paper a small space like cabinets, headboards, and nooks.
Similarly, switch out your fabrics by adding cheerful hues or changing them according to the colors of the season. From throw pillow covers, beddings, duvet covers, and slipcovers to table runners, shower curtains, and kitchen rugs, a simple textile change can update your place.
Also, explore changing the handles and knobs of your bathroom or kitchen doors. Or you can replace lamp shades and light fixtures for an instant transformation.
7. Research Inspiration Ideas
You can decorate your home a lot more affordable when you do it yourself. Plus, you’ll get the satisfaction of having built or restored it on your own.
But, if you think you don’t have any creative juices (which we all have, by the way), don’t fret. Get on Pinterest or Good Housekeeping for inspiration on home décor ideas.
And as we’ve already mentioned, having beautiful pieces doesn’t automatically equate to them needing to be expensive. Consider setting up alerts for when your favorite home living stores has a sale. Download apps like LetGo or OfferUp for secondhand appliances, décor, and furniture that are low-priced.
Likewise, try to visit IKEA, Target, or Wayfair before going into the curated and really expensive shops.
8. Rearrange and Reorganize
Now, these may sound obvious, but they’re often the overlooked ones. If you want to decorate and transform your home without having to spend at all, try to get rid of the clutter and rearrange what you've already got going on.
For instance, hide unsightly cords and wires to make your home look more organized and tidy. Use extra drawers or space-saving boxes to store some items that are usually left unkept, especially in the living room.
Also, if you feel like the space isn’t being maximized, try to move around some fixtures and create a new layout for the room. For example, try to position the bigger couch by the wall so to improve your living room’s traffic flow and to make the room feel welcoming.
Sometimes, you just need to do a little cleaning, tidying up, getting organized, and rearranging to get your home looking and feeling brand new once again.
If you want to decorate your home without breaking the bank, these eights tips can get you started on the right foot. And in Las Vegas, you’re sure to create a space that feels amazing to call home. Ready to the learn more or take things to the next level? Contact The Brendan King Group today. We’re a team of experienced real estate agents passionate about the city and its residents.