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Tips for Decorating on a Budget

Tips for Decorating on a Budget

We could all use a change of scenery from time to time. Decorating your house or apartment on a shoestring budget isn't easy, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. With some careful planning and smart, well-thought-out purchases, you'll have a spiffy looking interior in no time. To give your space an upgraded look, check out these tips for decorating on a budget.

Upgrade Your Textiles

One inexpensive way to decorate involves swapping out your old fabric or textiles. As long as you're not buying custom-made, designer items, cloth tends to be cheap. You can get sheer panels for your windows for less than $15 each, and decorative throw blankets and pillows for a similar price.

One great thing about cloth is that it isn't just decorative—it's functional, too. Curtains and drapes can block out sun in the warm summer months, or help your home retain heat during winter. Blankets and quilts are two other practical items that can help you stay warm in cooler weather.

Give Wall Decals a Try

If you feel like breathing a bit of life into your walls, adding some decals is an easy, inexpensive choice. You can get decals for less than $20, and since they don't require any extra tools to apply, that's all you'll need to spend. Don't have much time to decorate? You can apply a decal in less than 10 minutes. Peel off the backing, place it on the wall, smooth out any air bubbles, and you're done! Wall decals are removable and reusable, too, which means you can take them off and move them around as you see fit.

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Another tip for decorating on a budget is to grab your paintbrushes and start painting. In most cases, you can get a can of paint and brushes for under $20. Depending on the size of the space(s) you're painting, you might be able to stretch a single can across multiple rooms. Painting is an easy way to make a room look great. You can paint all four corners or do an eye-popping accent wall. Paint doesn't have to be reserved for the walls, either. You can paint your furniture, including wooden tables and cabinets, or even tile.

Check Out the Thrift Store for Decor

You don't have to spend a lot of money on small, fun decor items. In fact, you can usually find them for a great price at your local thrift stores or flea markets. Shopping at these types of stores is great because you never know what you'll find. Sometimes, you can get bigger items for cheap—a new table for less than $15 or a chair for $35. Paintings and other small decor items are usually less than $10.

The items you find at these places might not be brand-new, but that doesn't mean they’ll always look beat-up or worn. There are plenty of items that are in near-perfect condition, and others with only minor imperfections, like a single scratch or crack. With a little bit of love, these items can make a fantastic addition to your living space.