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How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

Anna Cadwallader
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Decorating your home can be a headache, especially when you’re juggling it with matters more pressing than what color throw pillows you should buy. If you’re not totally focused on the project, you can end up overspending due to the convenience offered by large furniture and décor stores that have everything in one place. Take the time to get into the home decorating spirit and it’ll save you some bucks.

Here’s a list to inspire your quest for innovative ways to revamp or decorate your home without breaking the bank.

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When it comes to home decorating on a budget, there are plenty of DIY guides for home improvement projects that can give your home the facelift it needs. Before you begin any projects, organize your home by reducing clutter, as it can immediately enhance a home’s feng shui. If your walls seem barren, but you don’t want to splurge on art, it’s time for an arts and crafts day. Channel your inner artist by creating your own artwork or frame your child’s artwork to give your home a lively and personal touch. Mirrors are another great option because they are inexpensive and make a space appear larger and brighter. If you’re feeling inspired, look up other DIY projects like making a headboard, sewing curtains, or building a coffee table.

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Get It Used

There are a number of ways to get used furniture or décor at a low price or even free.

1. Post what you are looking for on social media, like Facebook. It’s likely that one of your friends may be moving or downsizing and have what you need.

2. Utilize Craigslist to search local listings to find possible items for your home.

3. Join a local Freecycling group, an environmentally friendly website that focuses on reusing things like home goods. The best part about it is that everything is free.

4. Take a walk through your neighborhood. Often people place unwanted furniture or home goods on street curbs. If you don’t find anything, keep your eyes peeled while driving and be on the lookout for garage and yard sales.

5. Go to second hand shops or flea markets to find heavily discounted items. Keep an open mind and remember that you can always repaint, reupholster, or refurbish to make something fit your taste. 

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Buy New

Sometimes it’s OK to splurge on new furniture because chances are it’ll last a long time. If you have your heart set on a certain piece of furniture, ask the store about floor sales. Floor sales usually happen once a year when furniture stores turnover inventory and sell items at highly discounted prices.


If you’re not in the market for a total makeover, but think your home needs a facelift, try repurposing what you already have or adding a few new accents.

1. Try a new layout for a room. You can play with spaces and angles, which can make a room look entirely different.

2. Start painting. Paint is a great way to give a room a makeover without having to buy new furniture. If you’re looking to save even more, try painting just an accent wall to give a room a bold pop of color.

3. Pick a color or two that complement your current color scheme and use accessories to splash these colors throughout the room. Accessories are less expensive and less of a commitment than purchasing new furniture. Try sprinkling throw pillows, candles, picture frames, vases, coasters, curtains, and slipcovers throughout your home for some innovative design.

So make a plan, turn on your creativity, and enjoy your “new” home.

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