One of the things I struggled with when Phillip and I started paying more attention to our finances was trying to figure out how to work home decorating money into our budget. The reality of our situation was, there just wasn’t very much room for it. After some serious compulsive shopper’s detoxing, I realized I didn’t have to blow through a lot of money to create a beautiful look and feel throughout my home. No, I just had to think a little outside of the box and ended up coming up with 5 easy ways to decorate your home and not blow your budget.
- Shop your own space: this is one of my favorite money saving decorating tricks. In fact, I even did a whole article on it for decorating our patio. But the rule still remains true. Before you go and buy anything new for your home, walk through your house and see if there aren’t things stored away that you may have forgotten that you could decorate with. Maybe there are items being used in one room that could be repurposed and look brand new in another. Bottom line: you have great taste, so make sure not to miss out on some of the beautiful things you may already have hiding around your house.
- Make some art of your own: do a quick Pinterest search and you can find countless ideas on easy ways to make art. And the best part is if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body (*raises hand* like me!) there are plenty of options for those of us that are artistically challenged. Since my artistic abilities don’t go beyond stick figures, I like to try my hand at doodling quotes and scriptures on our chalkboard or sticking them in a frame. Instant art with minimal effort!
- Freshen it up with some spray paint: come on, you know this is one of my favorite tricks! And what’s not to love? Take an old piece of decor in your home and brighten it up with a fun coat of spray paint, and you have instant fresh new home decor. All for the beautiful price of a can of spray paint.
- Get crafty: like the art projects, there are just as many home decor craft ideas out there that cost little to no money to recreate (like this hanging planter or this magnolia wreath). Just make sure when you’re looking at potential projects to make note of their tools list to know how much you’ll need to spend to complete the craft before you commit to making it.
- Books, books and more books: I specifically single out books because I feel like no matter what style you’re trying to go for books can be an inexpensive way to decorate your space. Whether it’s thrift store shopping for vintage books to stack and put on display, or arranging books you already have in a new arrangement to spice up an old book shelf, books can make a subtle but stylish impact when decorating your space. My favorite ways: finding vintage books with colorful covers and displaying them in various places, or tearing off old book covers on books I don’t care about and stacking them around in different ways. The sky really is the limit with this one!
It may not be the same as blowing your whole paycheck at Crate and Barrel, but just because you’re trying to stay within a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy decorating your home. I’m a fan of each of these tricks and can honestly say it was just as much fun creating them as it was enjoying the finished product!
What are your favorite ways to decorate your home and still stay on budget?
Have a great weekend everybody!