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Home Decorating On A Budget - How To Create Cheap Decorating

Updated on July 13, 2012

Decorating Doesn't Have To Break The Bank

As a single-mom for years now, when I finally bought my first home, it was quite old and needed a lot of work. Therefore, what money was in my budget was mostly for serious repairs and maintenance. I needed to, and still have to, be a little creative when it comes to finding ways to decorate the interior at very low cost.

Window Treatments

Buy simple window panels in the color and fabric that catches your eye. You don't need fancy rods or tie-offs. Find a plain hair tie that is the color you like, either to blend or accent, and wrap it mid-section to either create a side/swag look, or a center gathering. I've used both. Simple hair ties, and even a wood beaded stretch bracelet for a center band on one window. Anything from napkin holders to stretch bracelets can do the job, so be creative and you may find something even better around the house!

For smaller windows like on some antique front doors, I cut a very delicate country lace panel I had kept that I took down due to some really bad faded sections due to the sun. I chose a small area that was not damaged and used that top tab portion and a small tie band to create a decorative window covering. The best part is that it was free, and It literally took me five minutes.

Wall Decor

There are so many ideas when it comes to decorating the walls. I do not recommend spending hundreds of dollars on fancy artwork or framework unless you are a comfortably well-off. There are just so many alternatives that can look just as tasteful in your home.

If you have a favorite artist or painter, puzzles can be beautiful for wall decor. Being a huge admirer of Thomas Kincade work, I decided to clear-coat some puzzles I had and had my handy retired dad measure out and stain a couple of simple wooden frames from cheap molding he had leftover. I love the natural look of them.

You can also get some really low-cost frames at a craft store like 'Michael's' and print some of your favorite photos. I chose three matching frames that hung by a silk ribbon to accent a wall in our 'dog' / craft / spare room.

You can also find wall clings now in all sorts of patterns and decor. I found a couple of cool plant-like ones at JoAnne Fabrics for only around $14.00 and they make my spare room feel very 'natural'. They usually come in a tube package and are becoming more and more available in different styles at different home and craft stores.

Paint Color

Although it is true that white goes with everything...do not be afraid to experiment with paint colors in the house. Most big hardware stores that sell paint, like Home Depot and Lowes, have a 'mistake' shelf by the mixing counter. These cans were either not blended 100% correctly, or the customer just may have not been satisfied with how the tint turned out. Most of the time you can get one of these cans for only $5.00! You may have to stop back now and then to look, as it isn't everyday they have them, but it sure is worth the money when they do.

Don't be afraid to use more than one color in a room. Having a couple 'accent' walls can really make a difference in the feel or a room. In my spare room that serves as a computer/craft/dog room, I painted two walls a natural green, two walls and off-white. My favorite decision was doing the ceiling a sky blue. With some added natural decor and plants, this is room is so relaxing to me. It feels like I'm so close to the outdoors when I use this room, which is exactly what I was going for.

Be creative with walls and trim colors. Whatever feeling you are going for in a room can usually be accomplished with the right colors.

You Don't Have To Be Martha Stewart

I am by far no Martha Stewart...but the possibilities are endless really. My advice to you is to take a look at your boxed items that you have not been able to part with just yet, and see what you might be able to create with it. With a little paint and some creativity, picture frames, photos from old calendars, puzzles, outdoor items like lanterns, glass bottles or jugs, can all make great starter pieces to your interior decorating. Chances are you already have everything you need to add some flare right now!

Some artificial plants accented with my hand-painted birdhouses are one of my favorite decorations.
Some artificial plants accented with my hand-painted birdhouses are one of my favorite decorations.
Craft festivals sell some amazing home-made glass hanging now. I hung this green dragonfly one in my bathroom window to add some accent color.
Craft festivals sell some amazing home-made glass hanging now. I hung this green dragonfly one in my bathroom window to add some accent color.
A hand-painted bowl with some colorful lake stones can make a simple table piece.
A hand-painted bowl with some colorful lake stones can make a simple table piece.
An inexpensive wooden frame and a magazine picture of nature can be a soothing addition to any room. Greeting Cards make great frame pieces also.
An inexpensive wooden frame and a magazine picture of nature can be a soothing addition to any room. Greeting Cards make great frame pieces also.
If you have a greeting card you just love and haven't been able to part with...display it in a creative way.
If you have a greeting card you just love and haven't been able to part with...display it in a creative way.

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