4 Tips to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

Tackling an interior design project and updating your home decor can be challenging and costly.

However, it can also be very rewarding because it allows you to express your creativity and create a comfortable space that reflects your style.

Here are four interior design tips to get the look you want without breaking the bank.


Can’t afford to buy new furniture? Build some! (InCommunicado, Getty Images Signature)

1. Complete DIY Projects

If you are creative and handy, you can tackle various do-it-yourself projects to save money.

For example, if you are good at sewing, you can create your own curtains and throw blankets; if you are interested in woodworking, you can build furniture.

This rope wall art is an affordable option for filling wall space. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Lacking in DIY skills? A novice can create this rope wall art. It’s perfect to fill a large wall, plus it’s inexpensive and easy to assemble. Here’s what you’ll need:

A cake/pie cover is a great circle size to trace. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

First, choose an assortment of circular household objects that you can trace around to create three differently sized templates on a poster board.

To get the most circles from a single piece of poster board, start tracing from the corner. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Next, cut out the circles and repeat until you have nine.

Start coiling the rope in the center and work your way out. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Coil the rope around the circles and attach it using multi-surface glue. Use the thicker rope on the larger circles and the thinner rope on the smaller circles. Set a heavy object on top of the circles until they dry.

Use at least two staples to secure the circles together. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Then, arrange the circles in the pattern you like, upside down on the table and staple them together from the backside.

Finishing nails have small heads, so they’ll hide in between the rope rows. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Once they’re secure, drive finishing nails between the rows of rope to hang it.

Watch the video for details!


Why buy a new chair when you can reupholster your current one, give it a new look and save money? (sarasang, Getty Images Signature)

2. Rework Pieces You Already Own

Rather than buy new things, you can often update old ones at a fraction of the cost. With a little imagination and creativity, you should be able to transform dated items into a whole new creation.

For example, if you have some old throw pillows that no longer match your design aesthetic, you can always recover them with a new fabric that meets your needs.

The same can be done for furniture. You can always paint furniture, add new hardware or reupholster items, such as couches and chairs.


Set a budget before purchasing a thing for your interior design project. (c-George, Getty Images)

3. Create a Realistic Budget

Establishing an effective interior design budget — and sticking to it — can also help you to save money.

First, determine what items you need for the project and what price point is realistic to achieve your vision.

Then, visit your local furniture store to find something that speaks to you but is within your price range.’


Thrift-store finds can significantly reduce your interior design budget, and help make a big impact for less. (josie agerton, Getty Images)

4. Purchase Used Items

People often overlook the amount of money they could save by purchasing used decor and furniture.

If you are on a budget, this is a great option because thrift-store finds cost pennies on the dollar compared to new items.

Thrifting is also good for the environment because you can sometimes save things from ending up in a landfill.

Start by visiting local thrift stores or checking online classifieds.

You will likely come across something that sparks your interest, or you can choose items that simply need to be updated with paint or repairs.

An added benefit of thrifting? It’s green! The item you purchase won’t end up in a landfill. (DAPA Images)

Overall, redesigning a space in your home can be a fun and relaxing project. It can help revamp a room to ensure it meets all of your needs.

These tips are starting points for sticking to your budget and saving money — without sacrificing style.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio.


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