Decorating on a Budget

When you finally move into your new home, you may want to freshen up the place. It’s tough to get your hands on a Picasso when you’re on a tight budget. If this sounds like you, try out some of these tips for decorating like a pro without breaking the bank.


A fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space from dull and old to fresh and new. But be careful, not all paints are cut from the same cloth. A few gallons of rich hue could do wonders for a room if you find them on sale.

PRICE: $30-100 per bedroom (depending on the quality)


Your next great talking piece could be right under your nose. Take a good inventory of some of the older, unwanted stuff you have lying around. Find a way to reuse them in a creative way. It can be a DIY project with sentimental belongings or an extravagant makeover of an old piece of furniture.  There are several benefits to repurposing. For one, it’s a creative, hands-on project that’s show off part of who you are. You would also be doing your part to keep those items out of a landfill. And most importantly, it’s inexpensive.

PRICE: Less than $20 (depending on how ambitious the project is)


Head on out to your local thrift store or consignment shop. With a little elbow grease, you can turn older, antique items into the centerpiece of a room. See an old, worn table? An ornate chair that could use some TLC? Buy it, take it home, and make it your own. Supplies like sand paper, wood stain, and furniture polish are relatively cheap.

PRICE: Less than $50 (depending on the furniture)


You don’t need a lot of things to make a space sleek and modern. Sometimes, all it takes is a minimalist approach. The greatest minimalist spaces are neutral and monochromatic in color. Arranging your furniture to maximize space is key. And if you want the area to look truly minimalist, you have to keep it clean.



This is perhaps one the best hacks for any area in your home. Get on Amazon and just type “lights” and you’ll see thousands of interesting options, many of which screw right into a common lamp or overhead fan. Edison bulbs are a trendy choice. They are easy to come by and come in a wide variety of styles.

PRICE: $5-20 (depending on the style and quantity)