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 savvy budget decorator! We all can get the decor looks we love for lots less! Here are some tools, tips, and guidelines for decorating on a budget!
Having a beautiful home you love and being a budget decorator aren’t exclusive. They actually go hand in hand quite nicely! Here’s how…
MAKE A PLAN
I always say if you fail to plan you plan to fail! And that is so true! So no matter how big or small a home decor project is MAKE A PLAN!
When budget decorating it’s so so important to be thoughtful about every detail and penny. 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.
Create a budget for every decorating project! And stick to it!
Because the secret to being a budget friendly decorator is to stay within your budget!
I put all my plans down on paper and I use Pinterest to make boards of things I love.
Another idea I use all the time is to make an inspiration board. It will take the guesswork out of how your decor will look together. The image above was my inspiration for decorating my master bedroom!
I use PicMonkey to make a digital inspiration board.
I know this is an extra step but it will save you lots of headaches and $$$ in the end!
A BUDGET DECORATOR USES WHAT THEY HAVE
I know this is just common sense, but it is worth repeating. Best budget decorators use things that 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!
The dining room mirror came from an upstairs bathroom. And the accent pieces in this room came from all over my home.
KNOW YOUR DECORATING STYLE
I can’t stress this enough! If we would just know our decorating style it would be so much easier and enjoyable to decorate. No more getting STUCK or bringing home furnishings that don’t work in our homes.
Budget decorating starts with knowing your decorating style!
I have a decorating course that will help you know and name your decorating style! And learn how to use it to decorate your home! Your small investment will save you lots of money in decorating mistakes! And how budget friendly is that?
DO IT YOURSELF BUDGET DECORATING
If you are crafty at all go the diy route when decorating on a budget! Create your own art, make furniture, paint furniture, sew 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.
The two architectural pieces on the buffet were clearance sale items. They were UGLY but their form was so pretty. I gave them a coat of paint and silver leafed the tops and bottoms. Now they are one of my favorite accent pieces here at StoneGable! They were so easy to make and look like a million bucks! You can see how I made them HERE
And I cover old books in burlap and use them as accents, risers and more! You can see how easy it is to cover a book in burlap (or any other fabric that works with your decor) HERE.
Learn how to use diy tools. Learn how easy it is to paint a piece of furniture, for example. There are tons of diy painting videos on YouTube! My favorite? Amy Howard Maker’s Studio. Wow, you will learn a lot!
Knowing how to use simple diy tools will save lots and lots of money the more you use them in your home!
TAKE YOUR TIME
It doesn’t matter if your a spending $100,000.00 or just $20.00 on a decorating project. Don’t rush the process. If you hurry to get a room “done” you are bound to make not-so-good choices and mistakes! And don’t impulse buy! YIKES that’s the opposite of budget friendly decorating!
When you are decorating on a budget you should be willing to wait for sales and keep hunting for what you want for a room at a great price! Enjoy the hunt!
Our dining room has “evolved” over seven years. We took our time and changed out pieces slowly. The most beautiful rooms are those that look like they have been curated over time!
RECYCLE, UPCYCLE AND REUSE ARE BUDGET FRIENDLY OPTIONS
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!
The bar cart has been through so many changes! And has lived both outside on the patio, in the foyer and in our dining room. The top comes off and is one large tray! I use it for so many things!
SPLURGE WHERE IT COUNTS
If you are buying new things for a budget friendly project 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!
I learned this lesson the hard way. This beautiful armoire above was my first choice to add to my master bedroom but it was quite pricy so I did not get it. I bought another armoire at about half the price! But it was not a good fit and did work with the look I wanted for my master bedroom.
So I bit the bullet, and got the armoire I loved. And I am so so glad I did. Did I have to opt for less expensive items in my bedroom? Well, yes and no! But really, the armoire was a savvy purchase that will last for decades!
Returning the armoire that did not work and purchasing the one I loved was a really hard decision. The master bedroom was an expensive makeover but I opted for many budget friendly items to cut costs.
ADD A BIG PUNCH OF DECOR VALUE BY USING BIG ACCESSORIES
Big room accessories add up to big decor value. Lot’s of tiny tchotchkies only add up to clutter! Spend on one or two great budget friendly home decor accessories. Or better yet, recycle one great thing or buy it second hand!
I found the BEAUTIFUL white ginger jars at a vintage shop for a song. You can bet I did the “happy dance of joy” all the way home! Budget friendly decorating! Score!
Here’s what to remember about decorating on a budget…
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!!!
Budget decorating is successful when you can love the look you create…no matter the cost!