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How To Decorate Your House With A Little Money And A Lot Of Style

Updated on December 29, 2015

When it comes to home decorating, there are many ideas, and few rules. Make your home comfortable to live in, and friendly to entertain in. Your budget does not have to match your ideas, or your tastes. A little money can go a long way with creativity, patience and planning. Your home will easily tranform into one that is not only comfortable and relaxing, but one that's brimming with personality and a lot of style; and will bring you enjoyment for years to come. Here are a few suggestions for decorating on a limited budget.

Dresser with beaded and sheer curtain backdrop. Accents include a scarf as a runner, candles, vases, and collection pieces.
Dresser with beaded and sheer curtain backdrop. Accents include a scarf as a runner, candles, vases, and collection pieces. | Source

Inexpensive and Practical Home Decorating Tips

Color Me Beautiful- Perhaps you don't know your style, so a good starting point is your personality. Well managed color schemes add statement and definiton to your home. Color schemes include paint colors, furnishings and accents. When choosing a color scheme for your home, select colors that add compliment to each room. You don't have to use the same colors in all rooms, but close variations of the same colors, will harmonize all rooms, and allow you to RePurpose items from room to room. Repurposing let's you achieve new looks with what you already have.

Fake It Til You Make It!- I'm talking about wall designs! Like the look of wallpaper, but you can't afford the pattern you like, or can't find a pattern that you like? Create your own design, using paint. There are so many ways that you can achieve stylish wall designs, right from the can....of paint that is. From sponging, to stenciling, to faux finishes; the possibilities are endless. Check with your local hardware stores, many offer free classes. Of course information is available in other mediums, but hands on and free instructor led classes are awesome! 

Paint With A Purpose - Painting a room adds new life, and is an inexpensive way to freshen the look of a room. Before deciding on a paint color, take inventory of furnishing and accents that you already have. Choose a paint color that not only looks great, but one that helps to set-off existing furnishings and accents. A variety of (complimenting) colors works great too, even for one room. Check your local hardware store for paint returns. Often times customers are not satisfied with paint mixed for them. This paint is then sold at a fraction of the cost. The paint color may not have worked for them, but is GREAT for you! Each time you visit the hardware store, visit the paint section. I do this all the time, and when I find a paint color that works for my home, I feel like it's my birthday!  

Accentuate The Positive - An accent wall is one that stands out from the others, enhances and livens up a room. An accent wall is the focal point of a room and can be painted in a different, yet complimenting shade and/or complimented with artwork, pictures, etc. Typically, an accent wall is opposite the main entrance to your home. However, an accent wall can also be created behind a sofa (if you're sofa is against the wall), or any wall (depending on the layout of your room). When adding artwork and/or pictures, select pieces that lend personality and further accentuate the room.  

Picture Perfect- Take a careful look at pictures and artwork throughout your house, even those on the floor in the back of the basement or in the garage. Maybe you don't like the picture, but the frame is awesome, or maybe you like the picture...whooo. Anyway, switch the frames! Be sure that the picture and frame still compliment each other. Update a frame by painting it with a color that accents the room and the picture. By canvassing your home, you may also find pictures and artwork perfect for your accent wall.  

What Window, Where? - Window Treatments add style,flair, and bring contrast to your rooms. Before selecting window treatment, consider what will work best for the look that you want to achieve. You should also consider the natural lighting to the room. Whether you use drapes, curtains, shades or blinds, window treatments should enhance the view of the outside, and compliment the look of the inside.

No Thank You, I'm Just Browsing! - Get inspiration and decorating ideas for your home, just by visiting stores. This is ideal for the person moving into a new home, as well as the person already established. Browsing allows you to consider suitable and creative options for your decor as well as give you a visual for possibilities.  

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Get Rugged- Area rugs are a great way to either distinct a separate part of the same room, or simply add charm. Area rugs look great under beds, coffee tables, dressers, console tables, etc. Can't find an indoor rug to your liking? Consider a Patio Rug. Because they're constructed for outdoor use, patio rugs tend to withstand wear, spills, treading, etc. They're easy to clean, moderately priced, and are available in fashionable colors and designs. 

Sift Through The Thrift- Thrift Stores, Consignment Shops, Yard Sales, Garage Sales, and Flea Markets are great places to find items for your home; from furnishings, to crafts, knick knacks, paintings, etc. People almost always have a need to get rid of items, and others have a need for them. You've heard of the saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure". Well it's true, but don't think of it as junk, because often times it's not. You can find some of the same quality items found in regular retail stores. I love to Re-Purpose, not only my own items, but I'll Re-Purpose yours too!

Have A Seat - Can't afford that living room set, with matching sofa, love seat and arm chair? Don't worry "Use What You Got"! The seating in your home does not have to be a set, each piece should simply compliment the other. Mixed styles are more than acceptable, and actually lend charm to a room. Covers are an ideal way to bring new life to sofas and chairs. Make your own from bed throws, to blankets, even sheets. You have more creative options with covers, and can easily change the look of your seating anytime. 

Let's Table This Idea- Tables help to complete a room and enhance the decor. No matter the type of table, it should be one that's properly sized for the space. Height, width, and shape should be considered for the seating that you have. The design of the table should compliment the decor. If you don't need a new table or can't afford one, perhaps the table(s) you have will be better suited in another room. Or, you can refresh the look of a table with stain, showcase small heirlooms or attractive knick knacks, add a table runner (use a long scarf), display a few books. A nicely decorated table can help to discourage clutter, and add finesse to your room. 

You're Full Of Fluff! - Pillows are wonderful accents, and are a great way to add color and style to any room....well maybe not the bathroom. Select pillows with different yet complimenting colors, patterns and shapes. This is a great way to instantly update the look of a room, and add color and comfort. You can easily make your own pillows, or cover existing pillows with old blankets, comforters, quilts, or sheets. 

Knick Knack Paddy Whack- Knick Knacks are small treasures that were once taboo in my world (my mother just had too many, and as a girl I had to dust). Knick knacks when staged throughout the home, help to bring appeal to your decor. Use knick knacks that add compliment to each other, and that are attractive and stylish.  

Did You Just Elbow Me? - You don't need a hired professional, just a little creativity, ingenuity and some elbow grease. Call over a few friends, have a paint party, have them help you move furniture, hang curtain rods, etc. Just remember, that your home is a reflection of your personality. When inviting friends to help, they may offer their opinions. Be open to suggestions that clearly match the style and look you are trying to achieve.

The tips mentioned in this article are practical solutions for inexpensive ways to bring charm, new life, and style to your home. Happy Decorating!!! 


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    • imatellmuva profile image

      imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Thanks Cyndi10!!! I certainly didn't cover all of the possibilities, for the possibilities are endless.

      Ironic that I am responding to your comment right now, cause I am in the midst of, not only re-organizing, but re-decorating...I decided to take a break...and check my stats.

      I'll check your hub out...could always learn a new thing or two!!! Thanks!!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      You included some great ideas here. Buying rejected paint is a really good one. I've found some interesting colors for my walls that way (I've contributed a few rejected colors, too.) I'm with you on those knick knacks, but I love them, so I dust. Yuk! Anyway, very good article. I did a similar one. You may find a few more tips. I certainly found some great tips in your article. Voted up.

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      imatellmuva 6 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Thanks freelanceauthor. This topic is one that I'm particularly passionate about.

      Often times people don't see creative value in items that they already have.

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      freelanceauthor 6 years ago

      Great tips. Thanks for the helpful information and for sharing your ideas. Voted up

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      imatellmuva 6 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      ytsenoh...there are so many possibilities with using what you already have.

      Too often people think they don't have creativity. Most times all that's needed is for it to be unearthed, and a little direction.

      Thank you so much for your comment!

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      Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Love this hub. It rejuvenates imagination and creativity. Thank you. Thumbs up. Your ideas, advice and paragraph titles were great.

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      1creativediva 6 years ago

      I am loving your Hub, great info and ideas. Im kind of matchy matchy and everything balanced, which worjs wellfor me

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      plantation shutters 7 years ago

      Awesome idea about home decorating ideas with a little money and a lot of style. Being practical on making a home design doesn't mean poor quality design. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

    • imatellmuva profile image

      imatellmuva 7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Thanks gr82bme! I'm glad that you not only enjoyed the hub, but found some of the ideas useful and that the hub is worthy of book-marking!

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Great ideas, I loved a lot of them. I will bookmark and be back.

      Voted up


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      imatellmuva 7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Thanks Jeannieinabottle! I see value in nearly everything...especially the do-it-yourself, and just let my creativity and imagination flow!

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      Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is a great hub! There is a lot of valuable information in here. I like it when people do things for themselves. You are very creative!

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      imatellmuva 7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Hey cheapsk8chick...we HAVE to keep meeting like this! If I'm ever I'm in Iowa, not only will I hit up the thrift stores with you, but I'll have to dive-in a dumpster...or two...I'll go first!!

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      I love your writing style, and you always have fun & fresh content! Thanks for another great read! You ever in Iowa I'll have to take you to all our outrageous thrift stores!

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      imatellmuva 7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Lene Lynn...all that's needed is a little creativity. Once you do one thing, the creative juices start to flow, and the next thing you know you're jump'n up in the middle of the night to write an idea down...maybe that's just me! If you do any decorating, let me know, I'd love to hear what you accomplished!

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      Lene' Lynn St. John 7 years ago from Glendale, AZ

      Great article! I am creative enough to do those things so that's a new project for me to work on! Cool, cool! :) Thanks! :)

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      imatellmuva 7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Your right Dolores, some people do like to have a different theme for each room. Repurposing and decorating on a budget would be quite the challenge if the decor in each room is specific for only that room. Just today, I redecorated my bedroom, and used pieces from other rooms, and rearranged the pieces still remaining in the other rooms so it it looks like nothing was disturbed. It was easy, and fun!!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Well that's a good idea. Some people go for the every color under the sun look, a wild mishmash, a Bohemian hodgepodge, but what works for me doesn't work for everyone!

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      imatellmuva 7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      That's one reason why I use different variations of the same color throughout my house(and some of the same colors). I can move items to other rooms that easily go with the decor of every room.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Voted up. I love your repurposing ideas. I know a women who often switches the pictures around in her home. It makes a huge difference. The whole room seems changed. Sometimes, when a picture hangs in the same place for a long time, it becomes almost invisible. You get so used to seeing the same thing in the same place.


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