Tips for Decorating on a Budget

We firmly believe that anyone can have a beautifully decorated home – all you have to do is get creative! Once you clean, organize, and set a budget, you can be an unstoppable force and let the fun stuff begin. If you’re unsure where to start, we have some tips to help you decorate on a budget!

Choose an Accent Wall

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If you have an empty wall that you have no idea what to do with, we have a simple solution: Make it a focal point. You can do this by painting a single wall or, if you need a renter-friendly version, applying peel-and-stick wallpaper, which can safely transform your space and be removed easily when you move out.

Display a Graphic Throw Blanket

A person can never have too many blankets! They are perfect for curling up on chilly nights and can add a ton of interest to an otherwise boring bedspread or couch. This is also a great alternative if you aren’t ready to splurge on entirely new bedding.

Hang Some Art

Whether your idea of art is vintage movie posters, abstract works, reprints of masterpieces, or art you’ve created yourself, the colors, graphics, and typography will make the walls surrounding you feel more like home when they reflect your style and interests. And framing doesn’t have to be expensive; we love how chic just about anything looks in a thin black frame.

Looking for inexpensive but trendy art? Check out Society6!


Oh, it’s all about the lighting! Love the look of wall sconce lights but don’t want to call an electrician? Check out these battery powered lamps that hang easily with nails!

Wall Light Battery Operated Sconce Set Of 2, ($115.36, Shop here)

Roll Out the Carpet

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Whether you’re trying to hide outdated tile or carpet that has seen better days, an area rug can work wonders in a room. No matter the color or design, it will add instant style and comfort.

Looking for a beautiful, large rug in person? Try your nearest HomeGoods!

Hit Your Local Thrift Stores

If you’re looking for affordable, eclectic pieces to add to your home, try perusing your local thrift stores. You can customize these items to fit your color scheme, and you rarely, if ever, have to worry about seeing the same pieces in a friend’s home.

Repaint Old Furniture

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Before you think about buying new furniture, try sanding and repainting what you already have. Similarly, you can reupholster old chairs or benches and add new hardware to larger pieces such as dressers or cabinets.

Give Your Bookshelf New Life

Contrary to popular belief, bookshelves aren’t just for books. Start by lining the interior with wallpaper, then arrange your books vertically and horizontally. Incorporate art, real or fake plants, candles, and/or photographs to create a stylish display case that is all you.

Switch Out Your Shower Curtain

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A new shower curtain is a quick, simple, and budget-friendly way to update the entire look of your bathroom. From here, you can hang some prints, add a small rug, and incorporate some plants to make your bathroom a cozy oasis.

Peel and Stick It

If you have flooring in your home that’s dated (or you just don’t love looking at it), consider vinyl peel-and-stick tile. Not only is this flooring easy to install, but it gives the look of porcelain or ceramic at a fraction of the cost.

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


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