Budget Home Decoration


Tips for Cheap Home Decoration


Sprucing up home decor need not require a second home mortgage. Nor does it mean being reduced to using box crates for end tables, either. First off, get a clear idea on what you would like to do. Begin browsing decorating magazines. Clip and file favourite pictures and ideas. Establish a plan that fits your style. Remember, the one person who has to love it is you. As ideas form, frequent fabric stores, thrift stores and yard sales for items. This is an ongoing project that needs to be developed slowly, especially if you want to save money.



Paint is the quickest, easiest and least expensive way to freshen up a home. Instead of just applying a flat paint, experiment with sponge or ragging techniques. A faux marble or parchment will provide a rich textured appearance to a drab room. Tape off wide stripes and paint on different shades of the same colour. Add a border using stencils or stamping. Paint one wall a brilliant accent colour and the others neutral.


Art Work

Art can be costly, though sometimes great buys can be found at flea markets, thrift stores or yard sales. Another way to display unusual art is to frame old maps, or pictures from botanical books found at the used bookstore. Set in a pretty frame, they look like art purchased in home decorating shops. Spruce up old photos with colourful paper or fabric that coordinates with the room. Find unique frames at yard sales that have been damaged, and cover up imperfections with paint or gold leafing. Art brings interest to walls and will tie the colours in a room together.

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Fabric Flourishes

Fabric brings warmth and colour to neutral furniture and walls. Shop around for clearance sales and frequently check the discount bins for great deals. Another options is to search thrift stores for sheets, blankets and quilts that can be remade into tablecloths, pillows and window coverings. Use cheap muslin, burlap or cotton material and add a border of decorative fabric to make curtains. Do you have some old sweaters or clothing that you love but can’t wear anymore? If they match your decor plans, turn them into fashionable pillows or lamp shades.


Add Accessories

Yard sales, flea markets and your parents’ attic are fantastic places to find unusual items to add accent to a room. Think “out of the box” and see what old items can be repurposed for a new retro use, such as turning a bird cage into an office mail and supply organiser. An assorted collection of bright, festive dishware set on a shelf or window sill or hung on the wall can make the kitchen sparkle. Candles, baskets and small statues are often found at dollar stores. Plants are also a great way to uplift neutral rooms.









Budget Home Decoration updated: November 23, 2015 by author: Brian Mangrum


  • David Hawkins March 23, 2016 Reply

    Adding accessories is a great idea to spice up a boring room. I really like those cool frames that you pictured for a more nature oriented area. I’ll have to check and see if I can find a place that sells anything similar to items you’ve shown. Thanks for the great information about home decor!

  • Nathan April 26, 2016 Reply

    My wife and I just moved into our house we are definitely looking for some cheap ways to decorate. I like your section about adding art work to a home. It is a fun idea to use maps and old picture with a new frame to give it new life. Your article gives us some great ideas for decorating. Thanks!

  • James Bergman April 28, 2016 Reply

    My wife and I love going yard sale in. It is the perfect way to find the cheap retro items that we love. It can be hard to think outside the box, but that is essential when you are trying to make someone else’s junk your decorations.
    If your not afraid of repainting things and re-purposing them yourself you will find a ton of great things. If you don’t like to redo things, you can always find great items online, but I still think you should also check out yard sales in your area.

  • Charles May 25, 2016 Reply

    It is pretty cool to see the different tips people have for home decor. I really like the different styles people have. My fiancee loves finding deals or cheap decor ideas to try out on our home.

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