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Budget-Friendly Interior Decorating Ideas to transform your home before Christmas

Updated on November 17, 2013

Budget-friendly and simple home decor tricks to make you look like a Pro

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – but is your home ready? If your house is the yearly holiday gathering spot, you may be looking for some budget-friendly, simple interior design tricks to add a pop of color here or there and new elements to bring new life to the family room. By using these 9 simple and affordable decorating ideas, you’ll be ready for all your holiday guests.

  1. Show off your lil Michael Angelo – Show your kids how much you adore their pictures of their hand-drawn family pictures or their collection of abstract paintings by displaying in colorful picture frames.
  2. Organize with trays – Are your TV remotes all hiding under the couch too as a result of your toddler’s handy work or are they just spread all over creating clutter? Clear up all the clutter by gathering those remotes and organizing on a wooden tray. Accentuate with mason jars filled with colorful stones.
  3. Peek-a-boo cabinets – A simple, budget-friendly, and quick home décor trick is to take off your upper cabinet doors. Get creative and arrange your flatware and plates in a unique way to display in your new “peek-a-boo” cabinets.
  4. Pink Lampshade anyone? – Another inexpensive and simply creative interior design trick is to give your lampshade a quick makeover with a pop of color. For example, I painted some hand-me-down lampshades my favorite color – PINK!
  5. Bring the outdoors in – Get the kids involved in your home decorating projects and out of the house by letting them gather up small branches outside to showcase in a clear or colored containers.
  6. Spruce up the shower – Take a trip to your local dollar store to add some fragrant candles and maybe a new shower curtain or just liner to your bathroom. Then, draw a bubble bath and enjoy your instant updated sanctuary.
  7. Another $1 store idea – if you look hard enough you can usually find a chic-patterned wallpaper you can then adhere to the back of your closets or bookcases to an instant change in décor.
  8. Books – not just for reading – Well maybe keep the “50 Shades of Grey” in the bedroom, but gather up those art, travel, and gardening books and display on a table.
  9. Shower Curtain Double Duty – Our final budget-crunching and absolutely amazing way to add a whole new element to your living areas – dressing up your windows with shower curtains. A great Pinterest interior design trick, I headed to my local Target to choose from their vast array of pretty-patterned shower curtains, bought a spool of ribbon and then tied the shower curtain to a rod with girly bows.

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    • krdennis1977 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Adams Dennis 

      5 years ago from Dickinson TX

      So glad and flattered you enjoyed it kathleen! Pinterest is my go-to source for DIY projects so if you're not on there DON'T unless you have quite a few hours to spare lol

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great ideas. Love the way you framed the kids' pictures. I tend to put out my Christmas decorations without much thought, but when I put them away - that's when I see my house as it really is! Might employ some of your ideas in January!


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