Tips For Decorating On A Budget

There are many reasons people decide to redecorate their homes. Some want to make it look better before putting it up for sale, others have just moved and want to make it their own and still others simply want a change of scenery. No matter what the reason for the change in design, many people feel discouraged and that redecorating is impossible because they do not have the money to do so. The good news is that although changing your home’s décor can cost a lot, it is possible to do so on a budget; you simply need to know where to look for supplies and a bit of DIY skills. Here are some of the best tips for decorating on a budget.

Fresh Paint

One of the best cheap design ideas when decorating on a budget is to simply give your home (or the room you want to give a makeover) a fresh coat of paint. You would be surprised to see what a new paint color can do to a room. It can completely change the style even without changing the furniture. Of course, that doesn’t mean that painting will be the only part of your redesign but it often is one of the most important parts. When painting a room (or even your whole home) you will be able to save a great deal of money by doing the job yourself instead of hiring a professional. If you have the right supplies, painting is fairly straightforward although if you’re not careful the color can look uneven.

When buying paint, you don’t have to spend a lot of money either. That is because a lot of stores (both paint stores and hardware stores) will sell pre-mixed paint at a discounted price. These are the cans of paint that were mixed incorrectly for some reason so the customer didn’t want them or simply leftovers when they mixed too much paint. The only problem with buying pre-mixed paint is that you will have a limited choice of colors and you won’t have a large amount of each color available. That means that although it is great for decorating on a budget when you are simply repainting a wall or two, you probably won’t find enough of the same color to paint an entire room (and very rarely enough to paint multiple rooms).

Thrift Shops

If you are looking for new furniture or new decorations to help complete your remodel one of the best places to find cheap design ideas is at a thrift store. Everything is old but that doesn’t mean it will be in bad shape. In fact, some items will be almost-new. When shopping at a thrift store you should go in with an idea of what you want to buy, but still be open-minded. If you only want a specific style table, you probably won’t have much luck finding it but if you simply want a new table for your dining room, you will have plenty of options. Other similar places to find ways to help your decorating on a budget include flea markets and garage sales.

Flea Market

Scratch And Dent

When looking for furniture for your home, decorating on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t buy new items. Most stores will offer a discount on any items that have scratches or dents. While sometimes they are major blemishes, you will sometimes get lucky and find a great deal on an item because of a tiny scratch. This is a great way to get nearly perfect furniture at a lower price.  

Closeout Stores And Outlets

Closeout stores and outlets are two more types of stores where you can find amazing deals on products. Outlets will generally have a huge choice of items and lower prices while closeout stores will have better sales but a more limited choice. Both types of stores will have everything you need for cheap decorating from furniture to bedding to mirrors and other decorations.

Look Online

One of the best places to find great affordable items for your home is online. Some stores will have special clearance offers online and you will also find personal sellers on websites such as eBay. In many cases, someone will sell an item that is in great shape because they got a better item or because of an upcoming move.

It is also a great idea to look for cheap design ideas online. Here you can find creative ways to make a centerpiece using old vases or items found in nature such as a tree trunk. If you can sew, you will also find patterns for creative drapes or other items for your home.

Fix Items

When you are shopping for used items, the reality is that not everything will be in perfect condition. But just because something isn’t brand new doesn’t mean it won’t help with decorating on a budget. Even if you have to buy an item and make small repairs, it will still end up costing less than a new piece. If you are serious about saving money, learn basic furniture repairs such as how to sand them, tighten screws and repaint the items if necessary. Knowing how to do these simple tasks will give you plenty of cheap design ideas as soon as you step into the thrift store.

Fix The Furniture You Buy

Get Creative

When you are repainting your home or fixing up items you bought second-hand, it is a great time to get creative. If you already need to repaint a table, why not add a pretty flower pattern on top? If you don’t trust your artistic abilities, go to a craft store and buy a stencil. Or you can find a pretty pattern online, print it, cut it out and use it as a homemade stencil. If you want a truly unique piece, don’t be afraid to add glitter, mosaic tiles or beads as well as a fresh coat of paint. With the right amount of creativity, your new table (or other piece of furniture) can quickly become the envy of all your friends.

Slip Covers

If you are redoing your living room, one of the best cheap design ideas is to buy a slip cover. If your couch is still in great shape but the pattern bores you, buying a slip cover can do the trick. Even better, slip covers are easy to wash as you simply pull them off and toss them in the machine, meaning stains aren’t a problem. Just be sure to buy the right size so it doesn’t fall off.