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5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Room (On a Budget)

Updated on November 1, 2015

Redecorating or decorating a room for the first time can be exciting and rewarding, but also expensive. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be! Even with a limited budget, you can decorate with class and style. Limitations force you to think creatively, so embrace your budget and get inspired with these 5 simple ways to decorate your space!

Fresh start = more creativity!
Fresh start = more creativity!

Start with a blank slate

If you're redecorating a room, move all furniture and décor to a different room if possible. This can be a big undertaking, so it's not totally necessary -- it's just easier to come up with new ideas when you start fresh! Consider your largest pieces of furniture first, and brainstorm new layouts (it may help to sketch your ideas). If you want to paint your walls, this is the time to do it!

Rethink the function of each piece. Bookshelves and tables can serve as room dividers; you can create a cozy reading nook by sectioning off a corner and adding a comfy chair.

If you don't have time to move your furniture, try rearranging your existing décor. Remove all wall art, items on tables, and other décor. Challenge yourself to arrange them in a creative new way -- you'll most likely return some things to their original homes (because I'm sure your original ideas were great!) but amazing ideas can come from trying something new.

Repurpose items

For women, accessories such as purses, jewelry, gloves and hats can be used as décor. There's no reason to showcase your beautiful accessories only when you wear them! Favorite books, interesting wine bottles, and record covers work well too, but almost anything can become part of your décor.

Sometimes an item can fit more than one style. If you have a reversible comforter or pillows, try flipping them over for a fresh new look!

Display jewelry and perfume when not in use
Display jewelry and perfume when not in use
Candlestick Apothecary Jars
Candlestick Apothecary Jars | Source
End table upcycled with chalk paint
End table upcycled with chalk paint | Source


Try an inexpensive, simple DIY project! Brighten your wall with a Starburst Mirror, Instagram Photo Wall, or some Song Lyric Wall Art. Add flowers to a Painted Glass Vase, or your favorite candy to these Candlestick Apothecary Jars. Have a functional and cute decoration with this Sunglasses holder or this Magnet memo board! All of these projects are budget-friendly, fast, and easy to make.

Free, Cheap, or Upcycled Furniture

A new or improved piece of furniture can completely change a room. Ask friends or family (especially those who are moving) for any unwanted items, or find a way to improve the furniture you already have. A fresh coat of paint, new drawer pulls, or updated upholstery can completely change the look of a piece.

Though you have to sift through a lot of trash to find a treasure, Craigslist is also great tool for finding cheap (or free!) furniture. Just be safe when meeting sellers – bring a friend and meet in a public place.

Shop Budget-Friendly Stores for Inexpensive Décor

Stores such as Home Goods and TJ Maxx offer the same items as other stores at a lower price. You can find quality pieces in many styles, and these stores frequently offer new items.

Go to thrift stores and dollar stores for even more cheap ideas. In my opinion, Dollar Tree is the best dollar store option. Everything is $1, and you can find lots of great décor and organizational items. Also, check out the dollar section at the front of Target – there are always great seasonal decorations and other cool items!

A few specific suggestions for inexpensive items:

  • Faux flowers
  • Strings of lights
  • Photos
  • Candles

Try hanging string lights behind fabric
Try hanging string lights behind fabric

Additional Tips

In addition to these 5 big tips, keep these final suggestions in mind to make the most of your home!

  • Utilize Vertical Space. Showcase artwork on the walls, add shelves, hang things from the ceiling -- just don't forget about the creative potential of this space!
  • Stay Organized. You can do tons of awesome DIYs, buy cool décor, and rearrange your furniture, but it's a wasted effort you don't have a good organizing system.
  • Don't make it too sterile. There's a difference between organized and totally bare. Don't create a room you can't live in.
  • Keep lighting in mind. Know your preferences and make the most of natural light.
  • Know when to splurge. Don't buy anything -- especially furniture -- just because it's inexpensive. If you really love something or want a piece that will last for years, saving up is better than finding a cheap alternative.

Thanks for reading, and have fun decorating :)

© 2014 Scheherazade


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