When decorating a room, I love to splurge, but more often than not, I have to buy home decor on a budget. But pinching pennies doesn’t mean you skimp on the luxury decor look. You just have to think outside of the box. Here are some clever, budget-friendly decorating ideas to help you freshen up a room that won’t break the bank.
9 Ideas For Home Decor On A Budget
1. The Power Of Paint
If you can’t afford wallpaper, paint is always an option. If you want to kick it up another notch, an inexpensive home decor idea would be to take a look at wall stencils and murals as an alternative. Paint doesn’t apply to just to walls. You can stencil or anything from tile to stairs to furniture. My friend Erin just stenciled this rug, and I’m obsessed with Banyan Bridges’s colorful wall murals. If you’re looking for modern stencil patterns, check out Cutting Edge Stencils or Royal Design Studio. Also, be sure to check out my post on 5 tips to cut the cost of wallpaper. It has some ingenious ideas to stay on budget even with pricey luxury wallpaper.
2. Add Architectural Details and Trim
Millwork and molding can make your home look 1000 times more expensive than it is, but when it comes to using power tools, I’m a nervous nelly. I’m good with quarter round, but crown molding is a hard pass for me. All the math and angles trip me up. My friend Sarah however is an expert and recently shared her thoughts on millwork and architectural details. She also shared a few rookie mistakes to avoid, so if you are looking to install panel molding like I am, definitely check out Sarah’s posts. She has some excellent inexpensive home decor ideas as well.
3. Paint Your Doors
When I painted the french doors black, it transformed my living room. Because it’s one of the cheapest decorating ideas ever, I also painted the french doors in my work from home office. Even if you’re giving them a fresh coat of white, you’re still fixing the dings, scratches, and dirt. I also swapped out the dated-looking hardware for these brass and marble lever pulls.
4. Design Is In The Details
Say goodbye to builder-grade white vents and hello to luxury decorating on a budget with these floor registers and wall vents — an affordable upgrade that will keep you on a budget because luxury heat registers like these can add up quickly. Plus, because they simply drop into the floor and wall, they are an easy DIY that anyone can do. Definitely check it out if you’re decorating on a budget but have champagne taste like me.
5. Add A Ceiling Medallion
A ceiling medallion dresses up any room and will add style to your lighting. They come in every size and shape and start as low as $10. Even though it’s quite possibly the most luxurious addition to any room, it might be the cheapest decor item on the list…besides shopping your home. Styles range from modern and sleek to classic and traditional. The perfect way to infuse personality into your home. My how to install a ceiling medallion guide can be found here. In my opinion, this luxe look is one of the best inexpensive home decor ideas ever!
6. Shop Secondhand
It starts off with the flea market and quickly expands to estate sales (if you’ve never attended one, check out my guide on how to find estate sales), thrift shops, and now there’s Facebook Marketplace. There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt for hidden gems, and some of my favorite pieces are vintage decor items. Not only is buying preloved decor sustainable and better for our planet, but antiques add personality to your space. They tell a story and give your room soul. This option can take time to curate special pieces, but I guarantee each item will come with a story. My most treasured piece always changes, but for right now, it’s this dresser in the front room.
7. Shop Your House and Rearrange
If you’re on the tightest of home decor budgets, try shopping your home. If you’re like me, you’re constantly moving furniture around the house, and with all that zhushing you might just have an extra vase or two lying around. Maybe swap a chair from one room to the other. Change up the layout of the space, and voila the cheapest of cheap decorating ideas. All it cost you was some sweat equity.
8. Clean and Organize
Simply picking up and room and organizing clutter into bins and baskets can make a huge difference. The other weekend I posted my DIY closet reading nook. Since the closet in the guest room was only storing boxes of unused junk, I purchased a few inexpensive baskets and used the power of paint tip from up above. The baskets added some texture and warmth, and the space is free of clutter. Also, you can check out how I decorated this bedroom on a budget here…I also reveal my super-secret home decor outlet shop in Chicago.
9. Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Want to renovate a bathroom on a budget? Swap out a plain mirror glued to the wall for something with more personality. This will give it a custom look. The mirror in Potty Paradise cost $20 at the flea market and leveled up the design of the room.
Decorating on a budget isn’t always easy, but sprucing up your living room, bedroom, or bathroom with a couple of easy DIY projects and decorating with items you already own, doesn’t have to be frustrating. I hope you found some inspiring cheap decorating ideas that look high-end. If you have more ideas for decorating on a budget, drop them in the comments below.
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