Ideas On Decorating When You’re On A Budget

Chances are, you’re flat out paying off the mortgage and keeping up with living expenses to spare much cash on getting fancy sculptures, display ensembles, and other overpriced accessories, to decorate your home. After all, what’s more important, the kids internet or a sculpture sitting in the corner that no-one can make sense of?

There are certainly many ideas on how to decorate a home and how you might want to appear and feel. There are also organisations that specialise in interior design / home decoration. One thing is certain though, without careful consideration you could be down a path of considerable expense before you know it.

This article has some ideas on how you can decorate your home and keep to a budget.

Using Paint 

It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do. Even more amazing is what you can do with some creative imagination. Just by adding an accent to a feature wall or creating a feature wall you can change the look and feel of a room. Adding an accent can also make a room look bigger, and/or change the lighting atmosphere in the room.

Most hardware stores have experts that can give you advice on colour selection and they also have an abundance of printed material to help you in deciding on how to apply paint to make a difference. The printed material includes ideas on techniques you can use to enhance the room in focus.


The addition of artworks to a room/house can give you (and your guests) the feeling of a well decorated home. Even something so simple as pictures of children (preferably yours) on the fridge – always provides a talking point.

Obviously we are not talking about million dollar pieces of works here. Reasonably priced (and considerable bargains) can be found in second hand stores, garage sales, pawn shops, auctions, etc. etc. Look for items which will match the existing decor but possibly add an element to the room, for example you could go for contrast, or the picture itself could be attention seeking. The sky’s the limit.

The Tried & Tested Photo Wall

Who doesn’t love a photo wall? Every one loves them, everyone loves making them, it’s got to be a no brainer. Designating one wall in the house for photographs and keeping them on subject to family, friends, special occasions, and pets can brighten an area up. The other advantage of the traditional photo wall is that it becomes an item to talk about since most visitors would like to hear stories about the different photos.

As with art, look for photo frames (don’t forget you can discard the photos in old pictures) at garage sales, second hand stores, etc. etc.

Furniture Restoration

There is often a lot of potential in older pieces of furniture that with a new coat of paint can be a stand out item. We will dedicate the discussion of the importance of furniture to your home’s decoration to another post.

Depending on the look you are going for, maybe a little fixing and polishing could have the piece looking like new again.

Keep your eye out for old pieces of furniture on the side of the road, these items you’ll get for free. With some imagination and labour, you’ll could end up with a stunning piece that fits perfectly to your existing style.

Pots & Plants

The use of greenery throughout your home can make for a welcoming atmosphere, however mature plants can be quite expensive.

Cheaper options can be found at nurseries advertising wholesale pricing and again, garage sales, auctions, etc. can be a great source for plants and pots.

Use nature sparingly and thoughtfully though, you don’t want to be feeling like your in a forest when you’re sitting on your favourite lounge enjoying your favourite cup of tea.

These are just a few ideas we have presented, and some quick searching on the internet will reveal many more cost saving home decoration ideas. We hope this gets you thinking about your own ideas and how you can bring them to life in your very own home.