Decorating your home can be challenging when there is not much money but it is not impossible. Decorating on a budget is more about how much you can do with very little money. Read more about tips and tricks I learned while a poor college student. I hope it inspires you to do some decorating especially if your funds are low.
DECORATING ON A BUDGET
Our little house was beige, beige, and brown and in bad need of updating. So I did what I do – I saved my pennies during the semester and did magic to a room during the break! Here are some tips on decorating and making big changes with little money.
You can paint just about anything! And if you get your paint at Walmart it’s pretty cheap. If you’re painting walls make sure to choose a satin or eggshell finish. If your painting furniture or accessories go with spray paint. Walmart has many options and colors and if your budget is super tight they have their own brand of spray paint that costs less than a dollar. Or at least it was less than a dollar back then. I also recently discovered you can purchase paint on Amazon HERE for pretty cheap too.
Purchase curtains from Walmart, Target or Amazon and hang them on the sides of your window. Hang them as high as you can with only about 1/4 inch from the floor and just covering the window on each side. This gives a designer look without breaking the bank.
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Good lighting is very important not just for function but also for ambiance. Look for lamps at Goodwill and thrift stores. And break out that dollar spray paint. Some of the best lamps are found second-hand. With some spray paint, they can be transformed in less than an hour. The lamp shade is a harder thing to find at thrift stores, so if you need a shade try Target or Amazon. They have a good selection at a cheaper price. HERE is a cute one I found on Amazon.
Look for an assortment of accessories ranging from clocks, art, family picture frames, bookends, hardback books and much more. And be careful to buy different sizes from large to small. Again, a great place to look is thrift stores or garage sales but it’s important to include some high priced items into your accessories. I like to shop for more high-end items at Homegoods, TJMaxx, and Marshalls where you get name brands at lower rates.
Don’t forget about family. If you are a lover of old things that are repurposed ask your mom, grandma, aunts, etc. Sometimes the best treasures come from them. I found these old rooster doorstops at my mom’s house many years ago. They were not my style but with a little spray paint, they fit right in and became my style.
Decorating on a budget can be fun. And honestly, the best designs are a collaboration of old, new, low and high-end accessories. If you know someone who is working on decorating and have little to no budget consider giving them a gift card for a gift. It sure did make me happy when my family gave me money to help my small decorating project along.
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