25 Low Cost Interior Decorating Ideas For All Types Of Homes
Regardless of the style or influence, you choose for your interior décor, the job is not complete until you also add a few accent pieces and until you create a focal point. For that, you can adopt all sorts of strategies. Usually, the spark is not in what you use to make your décor stand out but the way you use it. It’s the same as the price. Even something low cost can become a splendid decoration if used in an unusual and original way. That being said, let’s now take a look at a few low cost decorating ideas.
The Best Ways To Decorate Your Home On a Budget
1. Hang Plates
Plates are an interesting alternative for framed artwork. They can usually be found in antique shops and they can be collected over time. To hang them on the wall, use sleek hangers that adhere to the back of the plates and that are basically invisible. But before you do that, try to find a layout that you like by first placing the plates on the ground and trying different options.
2. Paint A Canvas
Making a patterned canvas to display on a wall is quite easy. You can use a cardboard template or, if you prefer something a little more artistic, you can freehand something. Let your talent speak for you. The canvas can then be used as an original decoration for spaces such as a home office, a dining room, bedroom, or any other space that you think might benefit from its presence.
3. Make Your Own Art
And since we were just talking about this, another great way of adding some spark to your home’s interior is to create your own art. This way you will make the room feel more personal and intimate and you’ll add something that represents you to the décor. It can be anything you want, even some simple doodles on a piece of paper.
4. Be Crafty
But painting and displaying the result on the wall is not the only way in which you can contribute to the creation of a unique décor for your home. You can be crafty in many different ways. For example, you can take a piece of wallpaper that you like and frame it, creating an interesting display for the dining room, office, etc.
5. Be Natural
If you also want to add some freshness into your home and to bring a piece of nature inside, you can opt for more natural solutions. For example, you can recycle some wood to make a simple but charming storage piece for your mudroom or hallway. It would have a rough look and great character.
6. Fake Headboards
Not all bedrooms have the space necessary for a headboard. But even if they do, headboards can be quite expensive. But with them, it’s not only about comfort as it is about style and the effect they create in the room. So you can recreate that effect using other methods. For example, you can paint a fake headboard silhouette on the wall.
7. Display Collections
Sometimes a great way to save some money is to use what you already have. So you can spice up your interior décor by displaying things you have collected over the years. It can be anything from stamps to old coins and books. It’s a great way of including something personal into the décor of a room.
8. Choose Mirrors
If you have a small home it’s not all bad. It cozier than most large spaces and there are plenty of things you can do to create the impression of a larger space, such as using mirrors. Mirrors are also inexpensive décor solutions and their versatility allows them to be used in any room of the house and in almost any space.
9. Create A Family Gallery
Another way of personalizing a space is to use framed photos. For example, you can create a family gallery by displaying pictures of everyone in the family on a wall in the living room. You can also use the same idea for the dining room or for your office in order to make it feel more inviting and cozy.
10. Framed Mirrors
We already said this but we want to insist on the fact that mirrors are extremely versatile. They also come in a variety of shapes, styles, and designs and they can be used to create artistic effects, not only to visually enlarge a space. A beautiful frame can turn a simple mirror into a wonderful display piece.
11. Mix Patterns
Patterns in general are a way of creating focal points in a room. They are usually used for accent pieces but they can also be mixed and used extensively in a décor. For example, this bedroom features a multitude of patterns and colors and, even though they’re very different, they interact beautifully.
12. Repurpose Furniture
Sometimes you feel the need to change something about a room’s interior décor. You need to add something fresh and new. But instead of buying new furniture you can repurpose it and get the same feeling of new and unexpected. Don’t be afraid to experiment and to be original.
13. Choose Bold Colors
Of course, color is a very simple way of making something pop. So if you want to change the atmosphere in your home and to make it more dynamic and vibrant, choose bold colors. Combine them and come up with new ideas, mix different shades and use different patterns and textures to make them stand out.
14. Repaint Furniture
New furniture is always a great way to decorate a room, but it can get expensive and fast. Instead, you can repaint the furniture you already have with a new color or design to give it a fresh look. Paint is inexpensive, and the best part is, this method can be used on almost all furniture types from wood to plastic and even metal. Check out this example in Fox and Hazel in which a tired patio set is transformed by a simple coat of paint and a few painted on designs.
15. Design Unique Storage Solutions
Sometimes a room can feel undecorated because it is cluttered and unorganized. And you’ll be surprised by how much some simple organization can transform the feel of a room! This specific house décor idea by The DIY Playbook uses repurposed crates to create open shelves, but you can use any sort of material you desire. Consider painting old metal buckets and gluing them to a wooden board for a circular storage solution, or divide square crates with a diagonal board for a cute triangular shoe holder!
16. Label Kitchen Jars And Canisters
This next home décor idea is especially adorable if you have a large collection of glass jars on the top of your counter or open shelving in your kitchen. Besides adding flair, labeling is also a great way to stay organized and keep you from having to guess what may be in a specific container. This example featured on Classy Clutter uses labels that were purchased online from a store, but you can also create your own jar and bin labels using your computer, printer, and sheets of sticker paper.
17. Put Furniture On Wheels
Don’t underestimate the effect wheels can have on the look (and usefulness) of your furniture. You can add wheels to a shelf in the kitchen to create a nifty kitchen cart to store pantry items, coffee supplies, or to use as a moveable island that can be pushed to the side when you want to display your kitchen. Or you can add wheels to a pallet bed like this example featured on Palletlist to make an easy to move guest bed that can be rolled into a kid’s room when friends visit. Additionally, wheels can be added to your kid’s toy box so that they can play in the living room, but then easily clean up and relocate to another room in the house when guest are over. There really is no limit to what a pair of wheels can transform!
18. Install New Faucets
Replacing a large installation like a sink can be quite costly, but you can actually change the look of your kitchen or bathroom just by swapping out the faucet. For a more rustic farmhouse look for your bathroom, pick up an industrial looking copper faucet like this one presented by Herbeau on Houzz, or you can use this opportunity to update your kitchen by installing a smart faucet on your kitchen tap. Even just purchasing a newer, shiner version of the tap you already have can really spruce up a room without breaking your budget so don’t be afraid to give it a try!
19. Decorate With Glass
Glass jars, bottles, and containers of any shape and size can always be made into beautiful, but inexpensive, home decorations. Grab some tinted glass jars and hang them in a wire basket for this mason jar chandelier look as featured in Redhead Can Decorate, or fill larger glass jars with Christmas ball ornaments for some colorful holiday decorations. Consider painting jars different colors, or making little dioramas in them with sand and shells for an easy beachy décor. No matter what your style is like, glass jars can really upgrade your home décor without breaking your budget!
20. Incorporate Plants Into Your Décor
Plants are truly one of the easiest home décor ideas out there! All you need to do is pick the perfect plant for your home at your local garden store. If the price of a certain plant is a bit intimidating, you could always select the silk version or grow the plant yourself from seeds—which are usually inexpensive. Keep it simple with one large plant to accent your living room like in this example by Home Do. Or, another option would be to create a small line of plants on a window sill or table for a cute garden vibe.
21. Add A DIY Tray
Throughout history, trays were a major focal point of parlors and sitting rooms around the world. Today, a DIY tray can be an inexpensive design to accent any room. Create this cute DIY farmhouse tray by Sarah Joy Blog for your living room, or use the same base idea but add coffee supplies to create a coffee and tea tray for your kitchen counter. You can also use this idea to craft a cute bedroom tray for your dresser top or nightstand in your bedroom.
22. Accent With Throw Pillows
Couches and beds can quickly be decorated by adding a few well selected throw pillows. Not only will they change the entire look of your furniture, but they can be used to draw a room together. Throw pillows are extremely versatile, and can be used as home décor both in the obvious locations, as well as on benches, window sills, and kitchen chairs. And if you find that throw pillows aren’t in your budget, you can also easily make your own like these outlined in Kris Krafting.
23. Embellish And Swap Out Lamp Shades
Unless you’ve spent money on a special designer lamp, it’s likely that the lampshades in your house are solid colored and plain. Try decorating them, or swapping them out with a decorative lamp shades, to give the room a new twist! You can make this paper lace lampshade outlined in 100 Directions, or even just glue some cute jewels around the rim of a sold white shade to give it some flair.
24. Spice Up Your Table With A Runner
A table runner is a useful home décor idea that can be easy to swap out as the seasons, and your tastes in decorations, change. Table runners can be fairly inexpensive to purchase in the store, but there is also a chance that you won’t be able to find the exact runner you want to match your current décor. If that’s the case, you can make your own following these simple instructions for a no-sew table runner in Homey Oh My.
25. Adjust Lighting With Special Bulbs
Did you know that they make lightbulbs that will change color just with the press of a button? They also have lightbulbs which can be dimmed or brightened with an app on your cell phone. Change the entire décor of a room just by buying some of these unique bulbs for your lamps and adjusting them to suit the room. You can also take it a step further and buy strips of colored lighting to backlight certain features of your home like they did for this plant corner in Steal The Look.
Overall, it’s time to squash the misconception that it takes lots of money to have a nicely decorated home. No matter what the size of your budget, all of these low cost house décor ideas can truly help you transform the look and design of your home. Whether you choose to do some painting, crafting, or maybe some installing, you are sure to have a unique and beautifully designed room that keeps visitors wondering how you did it!
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