Having an obsession with decorating means I sometimes need to find ways to cut costs and decorate on the cheap. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite thrifty decorating tips so you can do more in your home with a lot less money!
SHOP YOUR HOUSE
You read that right! My favorite place to shop is in my own home. Walk around each room in your home and see if there is anything that might work in another room. I do this all the time when it comes to vignettes. A vase from the dining room, a basket from the kitchen… you get the idea!
The wine corks were leftovers from wine we have enjoyed so they were basically throwaway items I saved. And the pitcher that held my garden hydrangeas came from the kitchen!
This chair originally was to do in an upstairs guest bedroom but it worked even better in our living room!
I know this sounds daunting, but getting rid of piles of trash and clutter can really make such a difference when it comes to how a room looks and feels. Try it in one room this weekend and see what you think!
My laundry room can get cluttered faster than I can clean it up. I call it a “hotspot”! If you have hotspots in your home declutter them and clean them and make sure you do not put anything in there that does not belong! You will feel so good if you can keep your hotspot room looking nice and tidy! You can see my decluttered laundry room HERE.
SEARCH YOUR ATTIC/BASEMENT/CLOSET…
Take a few minutes and go into the attic or your storage space. Are there old pieces of art or decor that might be beautiful in a room that you are re-decorating? Or the frame the art is in might look amazing by itself. There might be things that you could breathe new life into with a little paint and TLC.
The planter above once graced my living room and it’s twin my foyer. Because these were a little pricey I could not bring myself to get rid of them when my style changed. And I am so glad I found them in the basement and turned them into porch planters for the summer!
VISIT YARD SALES AND THRIFT SHOPS
Someone’s trash has been my treasure more times than I can count. Some of my very favorite home decor items have come to me second hand. I get such a rush when I find a great deal, too!
I can’t tell you how many times I get asked about these topiaries. I found them at a thrift store for $10.00! I know!!!!! They have made an appearance in almost every room of my home and are one of my favorite decor items.
If you like them too I’ll have a DIY for a couple of topiaries I’m working on based on these. Look for the post in June/July.
DECORATE WITH MULTIPLES
I love when I can use inexpensive items as a group or collection. Even everyday white plates look gorgeous when hung as a gallery on a wall. In the kitchen, I use cake plates, soup tureens, and my white dishes as display items. They work double duty as decor and useful kitchen items.
A single thrift store chamber pot lid would not have the same impact as a trio of them hung by the large mirror in my dining room.
My home is full of thrifty and even downright dirt cheap decor. It’s the way we elevate those thrifty items to work with the rest of our rooms so no one is the wiser that makes the difference!
Do you like to decorate on the cheap? Give us your best tips. We would love to hear!!!!
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