5 Need-to-Know Tips When Decorating on a Budget

You finally have that perfect place. A place to call your own. Your very own domain to do whatever you want, whenever you want, with whomever you want. Feels good, right?

But its empty. What should be the picture of perfection and the ultimate get away you’ve always dreamed about it, in reality, an empty and cold over-sized space that houses your bed, old couch from college and an over flowing collection of clothes that you never even wear.

You open your bank app to see if you can afford to rum-sack through Ikea or Target for some home decor just to make the walls seem less bare and depressing, and low-and-behold, there is absolutely NO wiggle room in the budget for your foolishness. Whomp.

So its no surprise that we all don’t have $1,000, let alone $300, to spend when setting out to decorate our homes. But, despite the lack of funds for fun desires, we still want our homes to look absolutely gorgeous and fab! What woman doesn’t?

So, we are going to share some quick and easy tips to follow when decorating your home on a budget. Whether your home is already decorated and you want to add a few inexpensive updates, or your walls are completely bare and empty. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a beautifully decorated home that costed you less that $50.


1. Do not be afraid of the thrift store!

There are so many amazing finds at local thrift stores. You just have to find the right ones. Some of them are gold-mines full of unique pieces to fill your home with. With a deep clean and a little bit of spray paint, adding small touches to your home can cost you less than $10.

2. Utilize everyday household items to spruce up your place.

My favorite example of this tip is using duct tape to decorate appliances. Yes, you heard that right. I used black duct tape to add stripes to my white refrigerator. This is especially helpful when you have an apartment where there is a limit to how much you can change. In addition to this, you can essentially hunt your home for things that you can use in other ways. With this tip, everything you need is right under your nose, and you didn’t even know it.

3. Don’t under estimate a quick rearrangement!

Sometimes something as simple as moving your furniture or accessories around can do wonders for a space. Whether you think so or not, there is a right way to do things sometimes. There are ways to arrange furniture that creates more space and that makes the space look more put together and fluid. I rearrange my living room every 2 seasons (spring and summer, then fall and winter). This gives my place a fresher feel and creates more space and light throughout the rooms.

4. Buy fake flowers or plants.

I know. Some of you probably HATE fake flowers with a passion. But the truth of the matter is, they can really bring a room together and make it feel fresh, lived in, and less cold. Of course, fresh flowers may do the job a little better, but not all of us can afford to buy fresh flowers just to have to buy more to replace them in a week or two, depending on how well we take care of them. Trust me, fake flowers, or plants, will do the trick until you’re balling out of control. TIP: put them in a clear vase and add water. Sure they don’t need it, but it gives the illusion of being legit.

5. Use your painting skills, or a friend’s, to update old paintings, frames or canvas you have laying around.

This tip is a biggy. Artwork for your home can get expensive. Even the affordable ones can seem to break the bank. But, you are in luck. You can easily turn old photos, picture frames, and even already painted/printed canvases into fresh and new works of art. I did this with an Ikea city-scape canvas that someone gave me. It was not my style at all. So I pulled out some gold spray paint and black acrylic paint and when to town on that canvas. It turned out pretty good. I move it around my apartment throughout the year, and it continues to be one of my favorite pieces of artwork in my home, even over some of the ones I have actually purchased.

Do you have any other tips for decorating on a budget? Share them in the comments!

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Maya is the founder of FabFineandFree.com and Fab Fine & Free GLAM Services. She is a mother, pizza-eater and a lover of life. She currently resides in St. Louis, MO.

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