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 little or 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 way to redecorate and not spend any or little 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 “vase” the snapdragons are in was found in the recesses of my basement. I got it for a song at a vintage shop!
Take something you have discarded as out of style, old, tired or useless and make it into something completely different that will be useful 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!
In the image above, 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 AND FABRIC
Paint is like liquid gold! Nothing updates a piece of tired furniture like a coat of paint! And even a small swath of fabric can be transformative!
Seems like I’m always painting or covering something with fabric at StoneGable! I have a shelf of paint pots and a basket full of remnants just waiting for me!
You can see how to paint books HERE.
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?
Use things around your home in a totally different way. This is creative and fun and adds tons of character to a room!
I love to use pedestal cake plates 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
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! AMAZING and very easy TIPS FOR ZERO OR ALMOST 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!
Do you have a great zero dollar decorating tip? Please share it with us today!
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