You really don’t need a lot of money to change the look of a room. Actually, there are easy-to-do changes that cost no money at all! We just need to be a little creative, think outside the box and use what we have hiding in plain sight in our homes right now! Just the littlest changes can make big differences. Here are 10 amazing tips for zero dollar decorating!
You don’t have to look very far in my home to see things upcycled, repurposed, borrowed from other rooms, painted, brought in from outside, rescued from the basement or rearranged. My dining room is a great example of zero dollar decorating!
Here’s a challenge from me to you: Instead of just reading this post… try to think of a way you could use each tip in real life in your home! Use this post as a worksheet and start zero dollar decorating your home!
SHOP YOUR HOME
The best and biggest way to redecorate and not spend any money is to shop your home! Look at objects with a “fresh eye”. Our homes are full of wonderful home decor! They may need to upscaled, repurposed, given a new home in a different room or even taken apart and used in a new way! Find at least one item you already have to breathe new life into a room!
The “planter” that the plant is in is really a container for spoons that I found discarded in my basement. Perfect for a new planter! And the artichoke was also a cast off in the basement too!
Take something you have discarded as out of style, old, tired or useless and make it into something completely different that you can use in your home!
Use old curtains, sheets, shower curtains, even old sweaters and turn them into useful and unique table runners, seat cushions, pillows or placemats! Get out your mismatched dishes and make a pretty tiered dish tray or make some great wall art! Use the insert of an old pillow in a new one. Transform an old dining room hutch and use it in the living room!
Find one thing you have stashed away that can be upcycled into something you can use in your home!
USE NATURAL ELEMENTS
Head outdoors and bring nature inside. Think seasonally! Bring in cut flowers in the summer, branches of colorful saturated leaves in the fall, baskets of green or pinecones in the winter and budding twigs and flowers in the spring.
Don’t overlook interesting pieces of wood or great stones! On a trip to Bar Harbor we collected and brought back a bag of pretty smooth stones and put them in a glass bowl. It made such a striking decoration!
I filled tall glass cylinders with walnuts, green split peas and corn and nestled candles down in them for a very interesting arrangement!
Go for a nature walk and find something interesting to use in your decor!
USE LEFTOVER PAINT
Paint is like liquid gold! Nothing updates a piece of tired furniture like a coat of paint! Seems like I’m always painting something at StoneGable! I use every bit of paint in a can!
Did you know that you can paint fabric? I’ve even painted a plain pair of curtains. Also think about all the spray paint around your home too!
Take an inventory of your old paint. Find a paint color you love and then paint something…how about the back of your front door?
CREATE YOUR OWN WALL ART
Old architectural elements make fabulous art! I love using old window and shutters as wall art too! How about framing your kids and grandkid’s art? Great art can be homemade and it’s so much more meaningful!
To see how to make these easy pieces of Architectural Art click HERE.
How about framing a favorite letter, a post card or even a pretty card someone sent you. Little art work tucked into a vignette or a shelf is so interesting.
Use things around your home in a totally different way. This is create and fun and adds tons of character to a room!
I love to use pedestal cake plate for almost anything but cakes!
Challenge yourself to find a new decor purpose from something in your kitchen!
DISPLAY YOUR BOOKS
Books are amazing zero dollar decor! I use them to bring interest and texture to a room and they make perfect “risers”!
Cover your books in burlap and they take on a whole new fabulousness!
To learn how to easily cover books with burlap click HERE.
Create a stack of books as a riser and perch something on top of it!
CREATE NEW VIGNETTES
Grab all your “stuff” and put together a new vignette. Nothing breathes life into a room like a new and interesting focal point! Don’t hold back… put interesting elements together!
For a little vignette help see 5 TIPS FOR CREATING AN EASY VIGNETTE
USE OUTSIDE GARDEN ELEMENTS, FURNITURE AND PILLOWS INSIDE
Bring great “boned” outdoor elements, furniture and pillows inside and use them as accents around your home!
I brought the garden stools from my front porch inside and created a unique side table! Even a great potting bench would be perfect as a “hutch” in a bedroom!
Bring one thing in from outside and give it an indoor home during the winter!
REARRANGE THE FURNITURE AND OTHER HOME DECOR PIECES
It’s amazing what a little rearranging will do for a room. Try something new and different. Move furniture from one room to another.
Move your home decor things too! It’s so much fun to move art, mirrors, accent chairs, small tables, lamps, accessories and plants around from one room to another. It keeps life and your home interesting!
Although many of the big pieces of furniture were bought for this room, there are still many pieces that came from other parts of my home!
Move one or two decor pieces around today!
There you have it! 10 AMAZING and very easy TIPS FOR ZERO DOLLAR DECORATING! I bet you have been zero dollar decorating too and maybe did not know you were doing it. And I hope you do more!
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