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Home Decorating Ideas on a Budget – 11 Ways to Save on Decorating

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In this post: Getting a beautifully decorated home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg…I’m sharing eleven home decorating ideas on a budget that will save you money on your home makeovers. 


Does it seem like everyone has a bigger decorating budget than you? It can be frustrating to scroll Instagram and watch HGTV and see all the perfect, lovely homes that are just gorgeous. But decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 11 home decorating ideas on a budget that will help you get the look you want in your home for less!

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11 Home Decorating Ideas on a Budget

01. Be patient and take your time

This can be SO hard, I know. But if you’re not in a big rush, you will be more likely to find deals and sales and just the right thing for that space. 

Pace yourself, try to enjoy the thrill of the “hunt.” Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And most lovely homes weren’t all decorated at once either. 

Besides the “collected over time” look is much nicer than the “bought all on the same day big box store” look anyway!

02. Use what you already have

Chances are you already have some gems or diamonds in the rough kicking around your house

Think of those family heirlooms, or treasured garage sale finds. 

They may just be waiting to be styled the right way, or given a wee makeover to make them shine in your home. 

03. Set a budget

As much as I wish that we all had unlimited budgets for all the things, the real truth is, we just don’t. No one does. 

So, considering all your other needs and life things, figure out what you do have to spend on decor and go from there. 

Make a wish list of all the things you’d like to do in your rooms and spaces. Then re-write the list in order of what’s most important to you. And finally, assign dollar amounts to each thing. That way you know where you need to stop or pause until you can save up more. Or where you have to be okay with less than the dream, which brings me to the next step…

04. Be willing to compromise

Again, no one has an unlimited budget, so knowing ahead of time that there are some things you will need to compromise on is going to save your sanity. 

When you set your budget, you created a list and organized it by most important to least. Look that list over again and decide what you can compromise on. Will you be okay with laminate flooring that looks like hardwood? Or is that a deal-breaker for you? Do you love that Pottery Barn slipcovered sofa, or can you live with a very similarly shaped Ikea version?

You will have a much easier time decorating – and be much happier – if you know before you begin that you can’t have it all. 

Warm Neutral Dining Room Wood Table

05. Be willing to DIY some things

Here again, is another way to save some money. If you, your hubby, or your friends are handy, perhaps you can DIY that dining room table for $500 instead of buying it for $1500. 

Even with the current price of wood (Sheesh!), DIY is still a money saver for a lot of things. 

06. Shop second-hand

There is nothing wrong with buying things second-hand. And it is actually really good for the earth to re-use and re-purpose things.

Check thrift stores, yard sales, auctions, flea markets, etc. to see what you can find. I recently found a large, beautiful old painting in a gold frame for $30! It fit perfectly with our new look and now hangs proudly in our dining room

07. Swap accents

This is another designer trick. And if you’ve done your homework, and chosen a unified color palette and style, you should be able to use your accents and accessories in multiple places in your home. 

So, when you get a little bored and want a new look, just move your accents from spot to spot, or even from room to room! 

08. Paint something (but make sure it fits in your color palette)

Paint is a lovely refresher for everything from walls to furniture and cabinets to accents! 

Grab that can of leftover wall paint and paint a thrifted sideboard. Pick up a couple of small figurines or pots for a couple of bucks at the dollar or thrift store and spray paint them a color that goes with your decor. 

Paint is really a magical makeover tool! (Just don’t choose it first for your walls!)

09. Add some art

Art can be another “show-stopper” in a room. And even though it can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be. 

Oversized Lake Painting in Gold Frame in Neutral Living Room

10. Rearrange the furniture

Rearranging the furniture is a tried and true option for getting a new look on a budget and it’s generally pretty easy to do. 

Just start sliding pieces around until you get a new look that works with the flow and purpose of the room. Easy-peasy!

11. Decorate with friends, and help

Creating new looks and decorating your home on a budget can seem like a lonely thing to do – especially when it seems like all the online inspiration is full of perfect homes that were created with oodles of money. 

But there are more people out there like you – trying to decorate on a budget – than you realize! And there’s me – who can help you!

That’s why I created Decorating Uncomplicated. 

It’s perfect for you if you’re: 

  • Wondering why the heck the decor you loved at the store doesn’t look quite rightnow that it’s in your house?
  • Feeling overwhelmed by all the decorating rules, steps, and elements you “must-have” to create a beautiful home?
  • Longing for a trusted friend to answer your decorating questions and help you solve your decorating dilemmas? (And maybe give you a loving kick in the rear when you need it?)

It’s open now to join. 

Come check it out. I’d love to have you join us!

Can you think of any other home decorating ideas on a budget? 

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