Do you like beautiful home decor? And wouldn't you like to find it at a great, discounted price? Here are 5 ways and lots of strategies and ideas for shopping budget friendly home decor!
Let’s talk about decorating our homes with beautiful things that can be a real bargain! Because of all the home decor flooding the market we can find amazing home decor that is good quality and will last a long time. And we can find it at a bargain price point. Here are 5 savvy ways to find beautiful budget-friendly decor.
If you are looking for decor you can find almost anything pretty cheaply. Or you can spend half of your fortune on the same item! One decorator’s bargain is another one’s splurge.
Instead of looking for cheap decor or overspending let’s be smart and learn the best ways to find budget-friendly decor that works with your home!
WHAT IS BUDGET-FRIENDLY DECOR?
So what defines budget-friendly?
There is a difference between budget-friendly decor and cheap decor. Cheap decor may cost less but in the long run, but it often does not hold up or stand the test of time. So we are not talking about cheap decor!
Budget-friendly decor does not stress your wallet either! Most of the time we don’t need top-of-the-line decor either.
Budget-friendly decor strikes a balance! I like to use the example of a smart little girl, Goldilocks! She was always looking for something just right. Goldilocks looked for just right furnishings like a chair and a bed! And we should be looking for decor that is just right for us too!
There are 3 things to consider when talking about budget-friendly decor…
*the quality of an item
*and how long you think you will use it in your home.
The budget-friendly sweet spot is finding reasonably priced decor for your budget, that is made of good quality products and is something that you can use in various places in your home over time.
My mantra for buying home decor, especially furniture is…
Only spend as much as the years you are willing to live with something.
You should memorize this and make it your decorating mantra too. If you only want to live with a chair for five years spend only enough for it so at the end of five years you are willing to let it go if you want and get something new.
I’ve made the mistake of paying big $$$$ for something and then having to live with it for years after I was tired of it and it had gone out of style! I bet many of you have done that too! How frustrating!
Being budget-friendly is being smart enough to know the dollars to years of use equation for home decor!
Now that we have a good idea about what budget-friendly decor is let’s learn where to find it!
KNOW YOUR DECORATING STYLE AND COLOR PALETTE
Before you go hunting for that item you want for your home at a budget-friendly price, you need to know your decorating style and color palette.
I know I say this so so often. Because it is that important! You MUST know your decorating style and color palette so you can filter everything you bring into your home through those two most-important thing.
A beautiful piece of furniture or a stunning accent piece is not budget-friendly if it won’t work in your home!
So first things first, my friend!
Do your homework and know your decorating style and your home’s color palette.
Here are posts that will help you…
When you know these two most important things you will not be susceptible to magpie syndrome. A magpie is a bird that is fascinated and attracted to anything that is shiny. Many home decorators are the same way. I certainly am!
Pretty things attract me. I keep reminding myself I can look at beautiful home decor but not all of it can come home with me! Anything I consider getting for our home needs to be filtered through my decorating style and my color palette.
If you are a bit of a magpie then pretty things, no matter what they are, are tempting. This is called a trigger! And to combat a trigger we really have to have a way of preventing the trigger from tempting us into our bad habit.
I defuse my love of stuff trigger by walking away from what temps me. You will understand as I explain later in the post.
NO IMPULSE BUYING
Impulse buying usually equals overspending. And we want to be savvy budget-friendly shoppers!
Only once in a blue moon, which occurs about every two or three years, do I even think about buying something I have not thought out and made a plan! Actually, that has only happened once in my life!
The Curlacue chest in our living room was somewhat of an impulse buy. It was love at first sight! Real decor love, not just a crush. I saw it at a local furniture store and would have bought it on the spot but it was too expensive!
So I started looking for the same piece online. And I found it at Joss And Main for 30% off the price in the local furniture store. It was still more than I would usually pay for a chest but it was my blue moon splurge! And I have never regretted it! Every time I look at it I smile! If I were a piece of furniture I would be the Curlacue chest!
Here’s a hard and fast rule to take to heart… never, ever, ever, ever, never impulse buy! It most often leads to overspending and that leads to regret.
The the only exception to this rule is if once or twice in your whole life you see somethings you just can’t live without and know when you buy it you can still pay your mortgage, your husband will still talk to you and feed your family. Then and only then is it maybe okay!
You will be a much happier Goldilocks if you follow this rule!
BUDGET-FRIENDLY DECOR ABOUNDS IN VINTAGE SHOPS OR ONLINE COMMUNITY MARKETPLACES
Vintage and second-hand shops are a treasure trove of inexpensive and beautiful decor. These shops are amazing places to hunt for bargain-friendly home decor if you don’t mind a little bit of work to bring them up to their potential!
You can find many one-of-a-kind items that will add lots of personality to your home.
Always look for good quality and gently worn items. Not only are the treasures found in these shops budget-friendly, they are often cheap (in the best sense).
Look for shape and form over color and pattern. Think about spray painting a ginger jar lamp or upholstering a stool. We can paint something a different color but we can’t change its shape.
With a little bit of work, and even ugly duckling items can become swans that will look lovely in your home!
Here are some of my favorite things to find at vintage and second-hand shops…
- picture frames
- vases- like the one in the image above
- ginger jars- like the ones in the image above
- Christmas decor
- garden furniture
- small tables
- table linens
- cutting boards
What do you like to hunt for at your favorite vintage shop? Share in the comments below, please.
Let’s chat about online community marketplaces for a minute.
These are wonderful places to buy or sell new or used items and services.
Make sure you read how each different platform works and follow all the rules. If you are buying something locally and need to pick it up find out the best and safest way to do that.
You can find lots of information online about these communities like Facebook Marketplace and Craig’s List and their best practices.
LOOK FOR DECOR ITEMS ON SALE OR ON CLEARANCE
This is by far my favorite way to shop for budget-friendly decor! There is a sale on something all year long! You just need to know when the home decor you like is on sale!
Keep your eye on all the things you love and are looking for at your favorite brick and mortar or online stores and watch for sales!
I don’t pay full price! To me paying full price is a waste.
I usually want at least 20% off everything I buy! And if I am buying online I like to get free shipping too. However, that does not happen all the time. It really depends on the online stores you frequent.
And if I can buy online and pick my budget-friendly decor up at the store and not incur the shipping I am a very happy girl!
Recently, I was looking for new pillows for my living room. And I found gorgeous zebra pillows and white linen pillows with a gold embroidered band, both with down inserts, and both on sale! I found them on a luxury brand site on clearance for over 50% off! LOVE these pillows and the bargain!
Here are seasonal sales to look for month by month…
- January- after Christmas sales
- February- MLK, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day sales
- March/April- Easter and Spring sales
- May- Mother’s Day and Memorial Day sales
- June- Father’s Day sales
- July- 4th of July sales
- August/September- Back To School, Labor Day, and Fall sales
- October- Halloween and Fall sales
- November- Black Friday and Thanksgiving sales
- December- Christmas sales
If I’m looking for an item like a pretty duvet and it is not on sale I often call the brick and mortar store and ask when the next storewide and bedding sale will be coming up. It does not hurt to call and ask!
Also, know the return policy of a store you purchase home decor from. It’s not budget-friendly if you want to return something and you can’t or there is a restocking fee.
SHOP DISCOUNT STORES
Shopping discount stores for budget-friendly decor is another favorite of mine.
Discount stores often carry amazing dishes and accent decor and rugs and chairs and bedding and more!
I’ve gotten a house full of decor over the years from stores like HomeGoods, Wayfair, and TJ Maxx!
In these stores, it helps to know your brands! Look for brands that you know are good quality. It’s not budget-friendly if an item is not of good quality!
These wonderful stores tend to bring out the Magpie in me. Everything is so so pretty! Browsing equals overspending for me! I can find so many amazing things! Being left to walk up and down the aisles perusing and looking is a huge trigger! So no browsing for me!
It’s important to know your triggers and practical ways to make budget-friendly choices.
Here is a list of some of my favorite budget-friendly and discount stores…
- TJ Maxx
- H and M
- Joss And Main
HERE ARE OTHER BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO FIND BEAUTIFUL HOME DECOR
If you want something custom made and have a talent, like being about to sew or wallpaper barter for what you want.
Some stores sell “open box” items. These have been returned and are in perfect or almost perfect condition. They often come with a good discount off the regular price.
Shop your house. That is no cost decorating. You might tlioke to see 6 BRILLIANT WAYS TO SHOP YOUR HOUSE.
Budget-friendly decor adds beauty to your home and $$ to your wallet. And that is a very big win/win!
Be as discriminating as Goldilocks and find home decor that is just right for you!
Happy budget-friendly hunting!