I love love love to decorate. But I’m not a fan of spending tons of money doing it. And I don’t have too because I am a keen budget decorator… and proud of it! We all can get the decor looks we love for lots less! It’s all a matter of having some tools, tips and guidelines to help us and keep us thinking a little smarter about what we put into our homes. Here are ten easy to do tips for fabulous, budget decorating!
1. MAKE A PLAN
When budget decorating it’s so so important to be thoughtful about every detail. Make a master plan and include everything you are going to put in your room! Make lists and keep track of EVERYTHING!!! Think outside the box.
As we gut each of our rooms we make a “loose plan” of everything we will put in it. As we planned our living room three years ago, I had Pinterest boards and lists of the pieces I loved and their prices from different sources. We got this Curlacue chest that I had on my list for one-third the price by buying it at Joss & Main! We had a plan and it paid off!
2. USE WHAT YOU HAVE
Best budget decorating things are freeeeee! Take a second look at what you have… and I mean EVERYTHING you have! Is there anything you can use in another part of your home that would work in the area you are decorating!
I used a green garden stool from the front porch and a tray to make a cute little side table!
3. MIX SECONDHAND PIECES
Secondhand pieces are so in style right now! Vintage, industrial and even mid century items are just a few types of vintage pieces that mix well into today’s decorating! And mixing is so much better than matchy-matching! Go for inexpensive, second hand decor elements that are big on style. Talk about interesting!
The buffet in the dining room was a great, inexpensive secondhand find! I repainted it and it’s my favorite piece in that room!
4. DIY IT YOURSELF
If you are crafty at all go the diy route when decorating on a budget! Create your own art, make furniture, paint furniture and curtains, and craft one-of-a-kind accessories! Not only will you save tons of money, but you will create a room that is uniquely your own.
Instead of replacing the family room curtains I stenciled them with chalk paint to give them a new look! I also upscaled the old pedestal table by painting it. To see how to paint curtains, click HERE.
5. TAKE YOUR TIME
It doesn’t matter if your a spending $100,000.00 or just a couple of hundred on a room. Don’t rush the process. If you hurry to get a room “done” you are bound to make not-so-good choices and mistakes!
Our dining room is the poster child for making a plan and then taking our time to execute it! It took over 2 and a half years from gut till we could call our dining room done. This is really a budget friendly room. The table and chairs we had and kept. We upscaled the chairs, bought an inexpensive bench and upscaled that too! The chairs were painted painted and so was the secondhand buffet. I made the curtain from fabric on sale and the rug was also a great buy! We got the clock and bar cart, both a little less than perfect on a major sale as well as the chandy! Our splurge was on the head chairs. We moved the black chair in from the foyer as well as the pillows! The shutters came from a vintage shop as well as the vintage soup tureen lids. And the mirror came from the bathroom in our last home.
6. GO NATURAL
Natural elements are often inexpensive and add lots of texture! Think a wooden bowl filled with willow balls or a tall plant in a fun and funky basket. Organic decor components add tons of interest!
Using plants can literally add life to your room and they are very inexpensive!
7. RECYCYLE, UPCYCLE AND REUSE
Oh, yes! Now here is a sure way to save lots of money and create beautiful decor out of tired or worn out pieces! I think this is my very favorite way to decorate!
I love love love to reuse, recycle and upcycle things to make great decor! These vintage spindles became very cool candlesticks and the old books were covered with burlap and added to decor! To see how easy it is to cover books with burlap, click HERE.
8. SPLURGE WHERE IT COUNTS
If you are buying new things for a budget friendly project like a room, know when to spend. If you are buying new, splurge a little more on heavily used items like sofas or great chairs and go modestly on things like rugs, curtains, and accent pieces!
We made the investment of a moderately priced sofa a few years ago, choosing a natural color so that if my color scheme changes the sofa will still work.
9. USE BIG ACCESSORIES
Big room accessories add up to big decor value. Lot’s of tiny chachkies only add up to clutter! Spend on one or two great thing… and better yet, recycle one great thing or buy it second hand!
A big wooden crate becomes a tray to hold a few large scale items on the coffee table.
10. USE WHAT YOU LOVE!
Budget decorating does not mean giving up decor you love for second best. Wait for sales, look in vintage shops. Make an investment of sweat equity to create the room you love! With a little creativity and a great plan you can create the budget friendly room of your dreams!!!
I love the juxtaposition of the gilded mirror (we had this from our last home), with the chippy old shutters and the soup tureen lids. It may not be any one else’s style but it sure is mine… and makes me so happy!
Budget decorating is successful when you can love the look you create…no matter the cost!
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