How to decorate on a budget

How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. Biggest in importance and biggest in price. Many new homeowners forget to set aside money for all of those decorating projects they inevitably want to do once they’ve moved in. Should this have recently happened to you – fear not! Here are some ways you can decorate your new home on a budget.

Mix and Match

When it comes to buying furniture, buying an entire set, say a living room set, can get very pricey. It’s more affordable to buy solo pieces and mix and match. Not only will you save money, but each of your furniture pieces will also seem special and unique.

Split the Bill

You may find a furniture dealer is willing to give you a discount on an entire set but not on an individual piece. When this happens, see if you can find a friend, family member or even a neighbor who will go in on the set with you. You end up only paying for the sofa you really want (and at a discount to boot!) and your friend can go home with the two side chairs.

Don’t Follow the Rules

Many decorative items that are meant for outdoors are priced lower than the decorative items meant for indoors. Who says you have to follow indoor/outdoor rules? If you see a cute little table in the lawn and garden section of Home Depot and you think it would look fantastic by your bed, go for it!

Consider Reupholstering

Sometimes bringing old furniture into a new house just feels… wrong. But you don’t always have to go out and buy all new furniture. Consider reupholstering that sofa or those dining room chairs. You’ll most likely end up spending half, if not less, than you would have had you bought a brand new piece.

Think Outside the Carpeting Box

Installing new carpet can be an incredibly expensive project. One way to cut the cost is to install carpet tiles. The problem with many carpet tiles is, once installed, they can give your home a corporate look. But, by installing your carpeting on the diagonal, those same tiles will look much more homey and inviting.

Forget Expensive Wall Art

Framed pictures of your loved ones adorning your wall is a much more personal and affordable way to decorate your new home. A great place to find inexpensive yet beautiful frames is at craft stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.

For maximum impact, hang your photos in groups rather than scatter them around the room. And consider outlining a small image with an 8-inch matte before framing. This gives images that upscale gallery look.

Invest in Local Artists

A great way to get art that is one-of-a-kind, beautiful and affordable is to support the local artists in your area. Bend has a wonderful art scene and you’re sure to find something you love by spending a weekend or two going to galleries and private art tours.

Mosaic at a Fraction of the Price

Here’s a cost-saving idea for all you DIYers. Buying standard tiles – let’s say 12-inch-square stone tiles, will cost you less than buying pre-cut tiles for mosaic projects. Why not cut those tiles yourself to create a unique mosaic pattern for a fraction of the price?

You could border a room, such as a foyer, with 6- by 12-inch tiles, then add a few rows of two-inch square tiles, finally filling the center with 12-inch square tiles.

The same can be done for a kitchen backsplash. Buy standard subway tiles but use them to form a stunning herringbone pattern.

A Couture Bathroom for Pennies

Unless you have a glass door on your shower, shower curtains tend to be one of the main focal points in the room. But most curtains, even the “nice” ones, leave something to be desired. One reason for this is that these store-bought curtains are usually too short and leave part of the tub awkwardly revealed. Simply sew a deep fabric hem at the bottom to create a sophisticated couture look in minutes and for pennies.

Re-Envision Your Space

Big designers often tell their clients that shopping in your own home can be the most cost effective way to decorate it. Take a look at what you already have available to you. By simply rearranging your furniture, or swapping one piece out with another from a different room, you can create a whole new look absolutely free!


Certain thrift stores can be gold mines for wonderful pieces that cost almost nothing. Spend a little time driving around your local area looking for different stores that offer high-quality secondhand pieces. Also, stop in at estate auctions and even garage sales to find one-of-a-kind pieces for a steal.

Think About the Long Term Investment

Finally, it’s easy to become obsessed with price when decorating on a budget. Many people will buy a couch for $500 because it is cheap, not taking into consideration it may fall apart in two years, especially from wear and tear of children and pets.

Don’t just think “cheap,” think long-term investing for certain pieces. If you don’t currently have the budget to buy a $2,000 sofa, get one for $50 on Craigslist until you can save up to buy quality items.

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