Not having the money to splash out should not be an excuse to have a poorly decorated home! This is why I created this guide to help you decorate on a budget.
It’s something I’ve ALWAYS had to do!
You can still have an elegant and well-decorated space, even if the purse strings are tight.
It’s not necessary to do a major revamp to get the style that you want. You can decorate your home simply by using small but effective tweaks that will improve your home’s aesthetics.
Here are a few ideas on how you can decorate on a budget…
How To Decorate On A Budget
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First of all, before you decorate any space, you need to set a budget. I’ve just put that in bold AND italicised it. Do you get how important that is?!
And second, you need to stick to that budget! Every single penny needs to be accounted for.
If you’re in a position to barter for your items then DO IT!
If you’re not brave enough to that (like me), then get your mum to do it (or a brave friend).
Paint your walls
If you are looking to update a room in your home, painting it in a different colour can do wonders.
Not only is it super easy to do but it can also be relatively cheap.
You can work with patterns, designs, or just paint one wall of a room.Tippety Top Tip: Paint a fake headboard! There are so many ways to decorate on a budget!Click To Tweet
You can complement that gorgeous bed that you got from the Divan Beds Centre by painting the wall behind it instead of using a headboard (like I plan to do with my bed!).
You can easily update the look of your home with just one tin of paint (if it’s a small room or you’re painting the furniture!).
If you don’t want to paint a whole room, you can paint trim, windowsills and skirting boards. Choose, a complimentary or contrasting colour depending on how you want the room to look.
You could even paint some empty glass jars to use as decorative items! You will need enamel paint and swirl a large amount around the jars and returned to their containers.
Decorations don’t always have to be expensive
If you want to stretch your money, it would be a good idea to visit bargain stores, sales, auction sites, and car boot sales.
You might be surprised at the things that you can find from these places. Just make sure to inspect the pieces to see if they are in good condition before you purchase. You will be able to find lots of trinkets and treasures that will be autify your home.
Repurpose old items
Upcycling is one of the ways you can decorate on a budget.
Look for old things in your home that you have no use for, and repurpose them to add a unique touch to your space. Like a dar ling coffee table drawer out of an old suitcase. Or using floral wallpaper to decorate inside a cabinet.
Move your home accessories around different rooms in your home, on rotation.
You won’t believe the difference that silk flower from your dining room can make to your guest bedroom. All without spending a penny! If you have plates that you no longer use, hang them up on the wall as décor, don’t worry I’ll remind you again in this post.
Other ideas include turning old table legs into candleholders, using an old birdcage as a hanger for pots and pans, or turning an old crib into a side table.
Mix and match items
Purchasing decorative sets may be too expensive. Also, your home may look dull if everything matches
Save some cash and make your home more interesting by mixing and matching items when decorating – fitting things together with the patterns, colours and prints you already have to hand around the home.
If you want a charming and eclectic space, this may be the best way to decorate your home on a budget. Group together small framed pictures, glass bottles; gift wrapped books and art for maximum impact.
Also, use the trick of mixing different textures to the space you’re decorating.
Look for items outside
One way to make your home décor seasonal is by picking up some items from Mother Nature.
You don’t even have to buy them. Take a walk and pick up twigs, pebbles, shells, and pinecones that you can use to decorate.
If you want to take your decorating further, you can use krylon to spray these items in any colour that you want.
Choose your lighting wisely!
Depending on the style you are aiming for, you can easily find fabulous lamps and ceiling lights at the same flea markets and second-hand shops where you can look for trinkets!
I have found some gorgeous vintage lamps on eBay, and I am currently waiting for the most stunning shabby chic wall lights to be plugged into the cavity walls.
They’re so beautiful!
Update cushions in the living room or pillows in the bedroom and for a few quid you can have an instant update to your home.
Again… I’m convinced that you will be able to find everything you could want or need by using auction sites like eBay, sites like gumtree, preloved, charity shops, car boot sales, thrift stores, etc.
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Update those walls!
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Hang Plates On The Wall!
Go, crazy lady! If you have some beautiful vintage plates, you could hang the beautiful plates on the wall. You can buy plate display racks on eBay (that’s where I bought mine).
You can hang a variety of plates with different sizes, patterns and colours and you should really hang the largest/boldest plate towards the centre of your little gallery.
If you love the idea of hanging plates on the wall but aren’t brave enough to hang them up, you could invest in some decorative paper plates by Talking Tables!
Decorate around your windows:
There are some simple ways you can add decorative interest to your windows; hanging colourful lanterns, multicolored Cartoon Floral Fabric Flag Buntings Garlands Wedding Birthday Party Decoration or even adding a pair of decorative tie backs for your curtains.
Add a little extra light to your life!
A few well-placed mirrors on your walls can make the world of difference.
Seriously. I hung a set of Better Homes and Gardens White Baroque Easy to Hang Florence Wall Mirrors, Set of 3 in my hall, with a little paper punched out string garland and a few frames full of magazine tear outs.
The light is just lovely, and it’s one of my favourite views in my home.
Use them to add light & shimmer to your walls! Your cat will love it too.
Make Use Of Free Stuff –
Like Pretty Pink Pebbles from that beach in France, beautiful sea shells or stuff you find in skips! (Always ask permission before nabbing anything from a skip on the side of the road.)
Because you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean that your home has to look cheap. You will know if something looks like it’s a quality item or it looks cheap. Avoid the super tacky faux flowers that seem to be everywhere!
Mix and match cheaper items with expensive items
When I say expensive items I mean; Cath Kidston items that you got for a bargain on eBay 😉
40 Places To Find A Bargain For Your Home
- eBay you can get cashback shopping on eBay in the UK via Topcashback
- DotComGiftShop (they have some gorgeous shabby items that are well priced!)
- The Range
- Matalan/Home Section
- Charity Shops/Second Hand Shops/Thrift Stores
- Car Boot Sales
- Auction Houses
- Shops like Cash Converters
- eBay (you can get cashback shopping on eBay using Ebates. Basically you’re getting paid to shop)
- eBay Classifieds
- Classified Ads
- Thrift Stores
- Confinement Stores
- Pawn Shops
- Paint your walls
- Look for cheap and decorative items
- Repurpose old items
- Mix and match items
- Look for items outside
- Choose your lighting wisely!
- Use Fabric
- Update those walls!
- Hang Plates On The Wall!
- Add a little extra light to your life!
- Make Use Of Free Stuff
These are some of the things that you can do if you want to decorate your home on a budget and, if followed, will mean you can save up and have a splurge as and when you can afford it.
Also, do not take for granted that because you’ve filled your house on a budget that you don’t need house insurance. Seriously, get yourself some comprehensive home insurance. It’s best to be covered.
A lot of home insurance coverage will have something called “old for new”, which means you can claim old items by how much they cost today.
You can achieve a glamorous and well-decorated home if you just know where to look – and the hunt for bargains can be fun too.
Are you decorating at the moment?
Are you planning to decorate a room but just need a little push? I am! I haven’t started planning though.
Please let me know in the comments below or be kind and share this guide with your friends and followers!