40 Room Decorating Ideas for Anyone on a Shoestring Budget (2022)

Call us optimists, but we think everyone under the sun can have a beautiful home if they want one. Even if you’re pinching pennies, there’s still plenty you can do to create a stylish, inviting home for yourself and whoever you have over. The first step (and this is true no matter where or how you live) is to clean your home and get organized. Doing those two things alone will drastically improve the quality of your space. Then for the fun part—on to coming up with new room décor ideas.

"Even if you’re pinching pennies, there’s still plenty you can do to create a stylish, inviting home for yourself and whoever you have over."

With years of budget decorating behind (and in front of!) us, we’ve amassed a few helpful tips for making house with a slim wallet. Follow our cheap home decorating tips and get inspired by the ideas that prove that style doesn't need to come at a price below.

Paint an Accent Wall

Painting your walls on your own is one of the most cost-effective decorative updates you can make to your home and painting just one wall is an affordable (and seriously cool) upgrade.

Disguise a Dated Sofa with a Slipcover

Rather than buying an entirely new sofa, purchase a simple slipcover to give your space a new look.

Get Rid of Unsightly Items

Before you start worrying about what you can and cannot afford to buy, consider what you should get rid of. Dated, worn, or damaged items could be doing the look of your home a disservice, and if they’re non-essential, removing them can give your home a clean slate.

Add Trim to Your Curtains

Instead of buying new curtains, invest in what you already own by adding an iron-on trim to basic curtain panels.

Hang Prints

Framed prints don't have to be expensive, but they can transform a room. If you're really ready for a project, try your hand at your own art piece and frame your creation to hang on its own or as part of a gallery wall.

Pot a Plant

Faux plants can make for chic décor at a low price. Find an affordable option and then style it on a beautiful stand or in a handcrafted pot.

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Set Up Sales Alerts

If you’re dead-set on something that’s out of your price range, try to buy it on sale. You can use ShopStyle to set a sale alert for products from literally hundreds of major brands; just enter your search filters or terms and press the pink “Add Sale Alert” button and you’ll be emailed when the item goes on sale. Retailers like Overstock, Amazon, and Macy’s will also alert you when something goes on sale or returns after being out of stock.

Hide the Cords

You can find cord concealers on Amazon for just $15. Hiding unsightly cords and wires by the TV or lighting fixtures will go a long way in making your home look effortlessly clean and organized.

Give an Old Ladder New Life

That old wooden ladder sitting in your garage could be your next favorite décor piece. Clean one up with a bit of sandpaper and maybe even a coat of paint, then use it to store spare towels or throw blankets.

Go Thrift Shopping

Buying used (pre-loved) pieces of furniture and décor is a great way to save on things that may otherwise cost you a pretty penny. You never know what hidden gems you'll stumble upon at a thrift store or flea market.

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Customize an End Table

With a bit of paint and a little imagination, you can make a tired end table feel brand new. Consider painting the edge of a simple black piece in gold, for instance.

Turn Plates Into Wall Art

If you never use the china plates from your wedding or you love the look of a cheap set you scored from H&M, plates can make for some seriously chic wall décor. Hang a few in a cluster on a blank wall for an instant update.

Create DIY Jute Décor

With a bit of jute rope and a glue gun, you can turn a vase or dish into a rustic creation fit for a coastal beach house.

Paint the Kitchen Cabinets

Similar to painting an accent wall, painting the kitchen cabinets will quickly give one of the most used rooms in your home a fresh feel. Pick a color and grab a brush.

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Rearrange the Furniture

This zero-cost decorating idea only requires a bit of time, creativity, and some strong muscles. Pick a room and make it feel brand new by organizing the furniture in a new layout.

Infuse Your Bookcase with Personality

Wallpaper isn't for the walls. Use a small amount of wallpaper (you can find chic, removable wallpaper from brands like Chasing Paper) to decorate the interior of a bookcase.

Refresh Your Thow Pillows

If you already have throw pillow cushions, replacing the covers is an easy and cheap process. We love the selection of cushion covers from brands like Zara, H&M, and IKEA.

Swap Your Bathroom Mirror

Nothing spruces up a dated bathroom faster than a new mirror to hang above the vanity or sink. You can find plenty of affordable new options or go searching for a cool vintage piece with a low price tag.

Give an IKEA Hack a Try

The internet is home to seemingly limitless ways to upgrade affordable IKEA furniture and décor into pieces that look far more expensive than they really are. Get inspired by a few IKEA hacks from serious DIYers.

Turn a Wine Bottle into a Vase

Hold onto a few bottles of wine after your next dinner party and repurpose them into eclectic vases. You can easily wash off the labels with a bit of hot water and soap and then you'll be left with a slender vessel fit for holding a few delicate stems.

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Buy a Woven Basket

You can find cheap woven baskets at almost any retailer. They give a room a bohemian flair and offer a place to store spare items to keep any space free of clutter.

Use Sheepskin Rug

IKEA sells ridiculously affordable sheepskin rugs that you can use to transform ordinary barstools, chairs, and sofas into luxe, Scandinavian-inspired pieces. We love the look of the wool in contrast with industrial, iron furnishings.

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Download Apps

Shop pre-owned furnishings and décor on mobile apps like OfferUp and LetGo. They make finding used pieces at low prices almost too easy.

Get Eclectic

On the spectrum of home décor styles, eclectic designs are often the easiest to replicate. Why? The look is all about mixing—and not matching. Since there’s no need to find a specific side table, or that exact shade of blue, shopping for furniture and décor will be much more affordable.

Shop on Craigslist

You can find great deals for pieces on Craigslist for a number of reasons: Sellers don’t know the value, sellers are eager to sell, stores are liquidating, or something is brand new and strategically listed for less than retail.

Update Your Kitchen Hardware

Purchasing and installing stylish hardware is an affordable way to make your kitchen feel brand new overnight. Head to CB2, West Elm, Target, or Home Depot for handles and knobs that will transform your space on a budget.

Install Sconces

Replacing a few lamps with plug-in sconces is a task that's so much simpler than it sounds. Plus, you'll be left with a more modern look that you can personalize to your liking.

Stock Up on Candles

Candles are an affordable feature that can seriously shift the mood and atmosphere of a space for the better. For a really elevated look, search for candles that come in stylish holders rather than those with loud labels.

Hang a New Shower Curtain

An often underrated piece of décor, the shower curtain is likely the most decorative item in your bathroom. If the space is feeling dated, start by searching for a new curtain to hang.

Add a Table Runner to Your Dining Room Table

When a bare dining table feels too minimal but a tablecloth seems too formal, opt for a simple table runner. It's a small (and usually pretty cheap) accessory that instantly dresses up the dining room for any event.

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Paint the Floors

Hear us out. A good floor paint won't cost you much more than any regular interior paint and you can use it to create the look of linoleum or vinyl floors at a fraction of the cost.

Make a Garage Sale Map

Garage and estate sales are great places to score cheap home décor and furniture, but stumbling upon one is a rarity. If you have the time (and energy), you can track down nearby garage sales and map out their locations on a Friday night so you're prepared for the Saturday morning rush. Don't forget to bring cash!

Pick Out a New Lamp Shade

This small detail can make a big difference. Treat yourself to a fresh lamp shade to give new life to an older piece.

Invest In Chic Kitchen Storage

Keeping your pasta, rice, cereal, and other pantry items in stylish glass or plastic containers is sure to make you feel like you have your life together. Whether tucked away or on display, they look pretty good, too.

Upgrade Your Bedding

You don't have to replace everything, but even something as simple as a new duvet cover can give your bedroom a contemporary look.

Reorganize Your Bookshelf

If your bookshelf has deteriorated into a place to hold anything and everything you don't have a designated place for, it's time to purge. Get rid of the clutter and then have fun with the way you organize what's left. Perhaps you stack your books according to color or spruce things up with some new bookends.

Add a Rug

While a rug may seem like a major investment, you'd be surprised how many cheap options are hiding at retailers like Target, Wayfair, and Amazon.

Use a Chair as an End Table

If you have an old chair that no longer fits in with the rest of your décor, repurpose it as a nightstand or end table. You can even give it a fresh coat of paint to make it work in the new setting.

Buy Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers instantly bring a home to life with their vibrant colors, fragrant scent, and sophisticated look. Invest in a nice vase and replenish your bunch with a few extra bucks at the market each week.

Frame Family Photos

Turn your personal memories into art by printing out a few photos on high-quality materials and styling them with nice frames. Make a gallery wall or simply display a few shots on a console table or bookshelf.

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FAQs

How can I decorate my room without spending money? ›

Now it's time to put them to use.
  1. Rearrange your furniture. Nothing is so simple as rearranging furniture. ...
  2. Make use of those old paint cans. ...
  3. Put old fabric swatches to use. ...
  4. Freshen up the linens. ...
  5. Display your wares. ...
  6. Mirror, Mirror on the wall. ...
  7. Put your unused fireplace to good use. ...
  8. Pull the photo boxes out from under the bed.
13 Jun 2022

How do you decorate on a tight budget? ›

That's why we've compiled some really easy, budget decorating ideas to help you improve your home.
  1. Stencil drawer fronts. ...
  2. Update doors with fluted film. ...
  3. Make a basket lampshade. ...
  4. Highlight great features with paint. ...
  5. Create a gallery with framed wallpaper. ...
  6. Make your own artwork. ...
  7. Make a feature of it. ...
  8. Add some greenery.
9 Sept 2021

How can I make my room cozy with no money? ›

14 Ways to Make Your Home Cozy and Inviting
  1. START WITH YOUR ENTRANCE. ...
  2. ADD THROW BLANKETS. ...
  3. GET YOURSELF A COMFY COUCH. ...
  4. ACCENTUATE THE FIREPLACE. ...
  5. MAKE ROOM FOR FRESH FLOWERS OR PLANTS. ...
  6. USE THE RIGHT LIGHTING. ...
  7. USE LIGHT PAINT COLORS. ...
  8. CREATE AN OUTDOOR HANGOUT SPOT.
1 Dec 2021

How can I decorate my room when broke? ›

Top 10 Ways To Decorate When You Are Pretty Much Broke
  1. Change Things Up With Paint. ...
  2. Thrift. ...
  3. Use A Pallet. ...
  4. Upcycle. ...
  5. Use Paper. ...
  6. Get Creative With Storage. ...
  7. Shop Your Own Home. ...
  8. Embrace Garbage.
24 Oct 2015

How can I make my room look good without buying anything? ›

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How can I decorate for Christmas with no money? ›

Decorating For Christmas With No Money
  1. Tree branches, firewood, and twigs: Wood is one of my favorite decorating props. ...
  2. Anything can be a vase. ...
  3. Let it Snow. ...
  4. Matching tree skirts. ...
  5. Wrap it up. ...
  6. Candy: Who doesn't love a bowl of peppermint sticks or candy canes? ...
  7. Think long-term.
16 Dec 2013

How can I make my house look modern on a budget? ›

How to Create a Luxury Home on a Budget
  1. A Splash Of Color goes A Long Way. In the grand scheme of home design, paint is one of the least expensive elements you can add to your home. ...
  2. Get Artsy And Fill Up Those Walls. Photos are what make a house feel like home. ...
  3. Build Your Own DIY Structures. ...
  4. Give It A Backsplash.
21 Jun 2019

What makes houses look homely? ›

Family photos, fresh bed sheets and a fridge full of food are among the things which most help a house feel like a home. A study of 2,000 homeowners has revealed what transforms four walls into a homely space, with their own bed topping the list according to 65 per cent.

What makes a house homey? ›

Hominess is difficult to define, but you know it when you see it. A house that feels homey has a certain vibration in the air, one that makes you feel calm as soon as you enter it. It feels lived in, loved, warm, and accessible. It looks well kept and full of character.

How can I make my house look amazing? ›

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How do I decide what to decorate my apartment with? ›

If you're looking to enhance where you live, find some of the apartment design tips below:
  1. Make small spaces feel larger. ...
  2. Choose colors and patterns carefully. ...
  3. Pick a statement piece. ...
  4. Use smart storage. ...
  5. Make a gallery wall. ...
  6. Use mirrors. ...
  7. Modify built-ins. ...
  8. Use an area rug to divide the space.
7 Jun 2021

How do I make my boring room look cool? ›

  1. Bring in a plant.
  2. Add a mirror.
  3. Hang some wall art.
  4. Change up your lighting scheme.
  5. Rearrange your furniture layout.
  6. Put down a rug.
  7. Accessorize a surface.
  8. Toss a throw pillow on it.
15 Mar 2022

How do you make a room not look childish? ›

9 Ways to Make Your Bedroom look 'Grown-up'
  1. Get the bed right. ...
  2. Invest in a headboard. ...
  3. A detailed nightstand is next. ...
  4. Frame your pictures. ...
  5. Ban the TV, bring in music. ...
  6. Add a couch, or two. ...
  7. Get yourself a chic clothes rack. ...
  8. Use a mix of textures.

What is the 60 30 10 decorating rule? ›

What is the 60-30-10 Rule? It's a classic decor rule that helps create a color palette for a space. It states that 60% of the room should be a dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color or texture and the last 10% should be an accent.

How do I make my room cozy and aesthetic? ›

25 Simple Tricks To Make Your Bedroom Feel Extra Cozy
  1. Use color to make the space more restful. ...
  2. Add warm, natural materials wherever possible. ...
  3. Make your bedroom truly dark for sleeping. ...
  4. Use comfy rugs. ...
  5. Do away with overhead lighting, then add lamps. ...
  6. Try a Himalayan salt lamp. ...
  7. Use glass containers for candles.
8 Feb 2017

How can I make my hallway look more expensive? ›

7 Easy Ways To Make Your Entryway Look Expensive
  1. Harness the power of mirrors. If you're going to splurge on anything in your entryway, mirrors are the way to go. ...
  2. Keep fresh flowers on hand. ...
  3. Play with pattern and color. ...
  4. Rethink your lighting fixtures. ...
  5. Add in a statement piece. ...
  6. Don't overcrowd the space. ...
  7. Add in some art.
16 Jun 2015

How do you decorate for Christmas quickly? ›

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How can I make my house feel Christmassy? ›

So, if you want to decorate your home this Christmas but are on a tighter budget these tips will help.
  1. Candle Lights. ...
  2. Christmas Pillows. ...
  3. Mantelpiece Decorations. ...
  4. A Christmas Wreath. ...
  5. Windows Lights. ...
  6. Wrapping Pictures. ...
  7. Windows Streamers. ...
  8. Paper Snowflakes.

How do I make my house look like a display home? ›

10 ways to present your home like a display
  1. Choose your colours. ...
  2. Stick with a theme. ...
  3. Incorporate lighting. ...
  4. Add a splash back to your Kitchen. ...
  5. What about those floors? ...
  6. Group according to size & number. ...
  7. Decorate a wall. ...
  8. Add light to your garden.
5 Jun 2015

How can I make my house fun? ›

30 Ways to Make Your Home Way More Awesome
  1. Get an indoor chair swing. Lately, it seems like indoor swings are popping up all over people's Instagram feeds. ...
  2. Install an outdoor fountain. ...
  3. Go green. ...
  4. Upgrade your bedding. ...
  5. Switch out your flatware. ...
  6. Switch out your silverware. ...
  7. Get a bookshelf. ...
  8. Turn your TV into art.
25 Jul 2018

What are the tips and tricks to save on home décor? ›

7 Money-Saving Ways to Decorate and Furnish Your New Home
  • Paint first for low cost home decor.
  • Start with the most important rooms.
  • Budget wisely.
  • Measure twice.
  • Think long term.
  • Consider repurposing what you already have.
  • Find the light.

How can I save at home? ›

8 simple ways to save money
  1. Record your expenses. The first step to start saving money is figuring out how much you spend. ...
  2. Include saving in your budget. ...
  3. Find ways to cut spending. ...
  4. Set savings goals. ...
  5. Determine your financial priorities. ...
  6. Pick the right tools. ...
  7. Make saving automatic. ...
  8. Watch your savings grow.

What is the new decorating trend for 2022? ›

"Darker, more saturated colors are going to be everywhere in 2022," shares designer Hope Austin. "Think wallcoverings and fabrics in bold blues and bright citrines paired with rich espresso and slate finishes."

What every modern house should have? ›

10 MUST HAVE FEATURES IN A MODERN HOME DESIGN
  • LARGE WINDOWS. The large windows of modern homes are designed to let in as much natural light as possible.
  • METAL. ...
  • CONCRETE. ...
  • WOOD + STONE. ...
  • ASYMMETRY. ...
  • NATURAL LIGHT. ...
  • LARGE SLIDING OR ACCORDION DOORS. ...
  • MINIMAL ORNAMENTATION.

Do all rooms in a house have to match? ›

Everything need not match! Rooms benefit from the extra texture, pattern and color from other like items. When additional patterns and colors are brought in, a rooms gains depth and dimension.

How do I rearrange my apartment? ›

How to Effectively Rearrange Your Apartment Furniture
  1. Clear the Clutter. Before you start deciding where you want the couch, declutter. ...
  2. Plan Ahead. Head online to find a few room planning tools. ...
  3. Think Big. ...
  4. Tips on Getting The Look You Want. ...
  5. General Tips. ...
  6. How to Know When You've Found the Right Fit. ...
  7. Enjoy Yourself.
7 Dec 2017

How do you make a small flat look nice? ›

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How can I make my flat look nice? ›

10 tips to make your rental flat feel like home
  1. Pick up some plants, or better even pick up LOADS of plants. ...
  2. Throw in some textiles. ...
  3. Add the art without the holes. ...
  4. It's all about lighting. ...
  5. Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise! ...
  6. Get creative with storage. ...
  7. Double up with curtains over ugly blinds.
21 Oct 2020

How can I decorate my bedroom myself? ›

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What can I use to decorate my room? ›

Checklist
  • Bed / Mattress.
  • Walls. Paint / Wallpaper. Feature Wall.
  • Lighting. Wall Lighting. Floor Lamps. Table Lamps.
  • Flooring. Wood / Carpeted / Other. Rugs.
  • Curtains / Blinds.
  • Storage. Wardrobes. Dressing Tables. Bedside Tables. Underbed Drawers. Bookshelves.
  • Decoration. Plants. Mirrors. Art. Candles. Photos / Frames.
  • Pillows / Comforter.
18 Nov 2019

How do you decorate your room with things you already have? ›

10 Ways to Decorate For Free Using What You Already Have
  1. Purge all the things you don't love. ...
  2. Tidy up. ...
  3. Hush your spaces. ...
  4. Rearrange the furniture. ...
  5. Paint or refinish something you already have. ...
  6. Swap Furniture (and accessories) ...
  7. Bring some things in. ...
  8. Gather decor into vignettes.
22 Aug 2022

How can I decorate for Christmas with no money? ›

Decorating For Christmas With No Money
  1. Tree branches, firewood, and twigs: Wood is one of my favorite decorating props. ...
  2. Anything can be a vase. ...
  3. Let it Snow. ...
  4. Matching tree skirts. ...
  5. Wrap it up. ...
  6. Candy: Who doesn't love a bowl of peppermint sticks or candy canes? ...
  7. Think long-term.
16 Dec 2013

How do I make my room cozy? ›

25 Simple Tricks To Make Your Bedroom Feel Extra Cozy
  1. Use color to make the space more restful. ...
  2. Add warm, natural materials wherever possible. ...
  3. Make your bedroom truly dark for sleeping. ...
  4. Use comfy rugs. ...
  5. Do away with overhead lighting, then add lamps. ...
  6. Try a Himalayan salt lamp. ...
  7. Use glass containers for candles.
8 Feb 2017

Where should Shelves be placed in a bedroom? ›

But where's the best place to put shelves in your bedroom? The best place to put shelves in your bedroom is on the wall opposite your bed for decoration and/or above your desk or nightstand for decreasing clutter whilst being in a convenient place.

What order do you decorate your house? ›

What order do you decorate in?
  1. Start with the ceiling. By painting from ceiling to floor, you'll avoid those pesky splash marks on a freshly painted wall. ...
  2. Then move onto the walls. ...
  3. Paint the skirting boards. ...
  4. Painting the window and door frames. ...
  5. Finish with painting the doors.

How do you decorate for Christmas quickly? ›

5 Easy Ways to INSTANTLY Decorate for Christmas! - YouTube

How can I make my house feel Christmassy? ›

So, if you want to decorate your home this Christmas but are on a tighter budget these tips will help.
  1. Candle Lights. ...
  2. Christmas Pillows. ...
  3. Mantelpiece Decorations. ...
  4. A Christmas Wreath. ...
  5. Windows Lights. ...
  6. Wrapping Pictures. ...
  7. Windows Streamers. ...
  8. Paper Snowflakes.

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