If you read my post 20 Things About Me, then you already know that I love interior design. For me, home decor is what truly makes a house a home. One of the best compliments I receive is when someone enters my home and comments on how welcoming/homey it feels. And while everyone’s design aesthetic is different, my goal when decorating is to make my home feel warm and welcoming. That may be attributed to the fact that I only fill my home with pieces I absolutely love.
Since I’ve come to love a variety decor, I guess you could call my design style somewhat eclectic. But figuring that out took trial and error as well as many, many hours on Pinterest.
I mention this because knowing your style, or having a vision of what you want, is the first thing you need to do before decorating your home. While obviously, Pinterest is the best place to search for inspiration. It is very easy to get lost in all the beautiful images. If you check out my page, you’ll notice my Pins in decor consist of everything from elegant French Chateau to simple and kitschy farmhouse style. If I had it my way I’d be living in a French Countryside Chateau and be able to incorporate all these design ideas, but unfortunately that hasn’t happened (just yet!)
Until then, I had to be more realistic. As much as I love decorating, it can be extremely expensive. I mean, think about it, most decorative pillows can range anywhere from $20-$60! Who wants to spend their hard earned money on just ONE pillow?? Certainly not I. So after about a year of decorating my home, I have found some simple ways to save you loads of cash. So today I’m sharing 7 tips on how to decorate your home on a strict budget.
TIP #1: USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
Unless you are a minimalist, you probably have a ton of stuff. When you start decorating (or redecorating) your home it’s only natural that you want to replace your old stuff with something new. Well, that doesn’t have to necessarily be the case. The best way to save money while decorating your home is to use what you already have. It is amazing what you can do with if you just think outside the box. For example, say you’re tired of looking at that framed piece art. Ditch the art and use the frame to house something that is more to your liking or better suits your new style. Even better yet, make use of the frame in a totally different way. You could turn it into a chalkboard or key holder. There are so many great ideas out there to repurpose everything and anything that you already have. Sometimes it just takes a little time on Pinterest and a little DIY in order to save loads of cash while decorating your home. Which leads us to our next tip…
Need a bit more inspiration? Check out these amazing ideas…
Have a collection? Make an amazing framed display. Find it here.
Use your unwanted dresser as a tv cabinet in the living room.
Turn your bar cart into a statement piece by displaying some of your favorite objects.
TIP #2: DIY
I know that not everyone is a fan of DIY, but this can seriously save you tons of money when decorating. Even the most simple of projects can add character to your home while keeping money in your pocket. One of my favorite and most recent DIYs was turning my old trunk into a coffee table (pictured at the below). It only took about 10 minutes and cost a total of $26! Try finding a unique coffee table for under $30, it’s nearly impossible! So if you have the time and like to get crafty, try a little DIY.
Check out my DIY board on Pinterest to see some of the projects I want to dive into!
TIP #3: THRIFT
This has quickly become one of my favorite things to do. For me, thrifting is almost like going on a treasure hunt. Sometimes you will walk away with nothing and other times you’ll find a one-of-a-kind piece that you don’t know how you lived without. I recently went to a local swap meet and found two gorgeous brass candle holders that only cost me $1 a piece. Talk about a steal! My shelving unit, which I repainted, was also thrifted and only cost me $20! I’ve seriously received so many compliments on it. Funny considering that other pieces in my house cost me triple and don’t nearly receive the same amount of attention. Whether you’re looking for furniture or just accent pieces, thrifting is the best way to design on a dime!
If you’re in the LA area check out some of my favorite places to thrift!
TIP #4: LOOK FOR EXTRA DISCOUNTS
I am a HUGE fan of HomeGoods, Target, Marshalls, Hobby Lobby, etc. but honestly these stores aren’t always budget-friendly. While on occasion I will splurge and buy a few things at regular price I always like to check the clearance section or “red tag” items first. That way I can make sure I’m not missing any good deals. But my favorite thing about these stores are the sales. Often, if I am patient enough, most of the items end up on clearance. Target does this all the time. So unless you are dying to have something try waiting for it to go on sale. Also, sign up for coupons! Target always has discounts on their app. JoAnn’s. Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby also offer discount coupons in-store and by signing up for their email list. I often receive 50% off coupons on a weekly basis! Which is a great thing when you’re decorating on a strict budget.
TIP #5: SHOP AROUND
Most of the time I am an impulse buyer. If I see something I love it’s hard for me to pass it up. But this can reek havoc on your bank account when you have a budget. So unless it’s something I know I will never see again, I try to show restraint and shop around. The benefit to this is that it allows me time to compare prices, which often helps me save money in the end. This especially applies to large furniture or investment pieces. This may go without saying for some of you smarter shoppers. But for those who, like myself, are impulsive this isn’t always the easiest thing to do. So next time you’re out shopping for home decor, try to keep this in mind especially if you want to maintain that strict budget.
TIP #6: UTILIZE FAMILY AND FRIENDS
This is probably one of my favorite ways to save. I don’t know how many times I have been over at a family members house and they start complaining about how much stuff they have. Most of the time the stuff they want to give away is junk, but sometimes I’ll walk away with a great piece that I can incorporate into my own home. For instance, my nana who is an avid decorator bought a whole new set of throw pillows and didn’t know what to do with her barely used ones. So I gladly took them off her hands! Even though the pillows don’t exactly go with the style I have in mind, I’ve found some really cool and inexpensive pillow covers on Etsy that I plan to cover them with. So tip number 6 is to utilize friends and family. Their unwanted items may just complete the look you’re going for!
TIP #7: TAKE YOUR TIME
Keep in mind that nothing is going to happen overnight. Just like Rome was not built in a day, turning your house into a home is going to take some time. I started procuring things for my home years ago and I’m still not done. So don’t worry if things don’t come together right away. Especially if you’re decorating your home on a strict budget finding pieces you love and that showcase your unique style is sometimes worth the wait.
And there you have it! Seven budget-friendly ways to decorate your home. This post was a little different than what I usually write so I really hope you enjoyed. Make sure to tell me in the comments below if any of these tips work for you or share with me any tips of your own! I’m always looking for ways to save 🙂
Thanks for reading!!