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Decorating Your Home on a Budget

decorating home on a budget

Do you wish that you had an endless budget for decorating your home? Same here! I love shopping for pieces for our home, but I have learned that decorating a home doesn’t have to cost hundreds and thousands of dollars. So how do I decorate on a budget? Want more budget posts? Check these out!

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Be Patient

One of the easiest way of decorating on a budget is to be patient. Don’t try to decorate your entire house in a weekend. It takes time to fit pieces together. Finding your personal style doesn’t happen over night. My first two years of marriage, I bought several pieces that are definitely not my style. I was guilty of trying to decorate a house in one weekend. 🙁

lanterns as home decor

To avoid purchasing the wrong pieces, I suggest doing a lot of window shopping and making lists of your top pieces. What do those pieces have in common? Are they vintage chic? Do you tend to favor rusty pieces?

DIY Projects

If you enjoy decorating your home then you are probably a fan of Pinterest. What did we do before we spent hours scrolling through DIY projects and new recipes? Follow me on Pinterest to see my favorite home projects! Putting in the creativity and time can save a bundle when it comes to decorating and renovating your home.chalkboard home decor

Some of my favorite DIY projects have been:

  • chalkboards made out of old pictures

  • floating shelves

  • gel-stained bathroom cabinets

  • hand-lettered signs

  • painting oak kitchen cabinets

Find Your Style

What is your design style? Do you lean towards shabby chic or mid century modern? Are you a fan of vintage farmhouse or nautical? Do you love the bohemian look or the industrial look?

Finding your design style is essential when decorating your home on a budget. I suggest using a great resource like HGTV to figure out which style is your favorite. Maybe it’s a mixture of several different styles. I love the farmhouse look, but I also have my bathroom decorated with my favorite beach pieces. It’s all about what YOU love. 🙂

 

Markets

Have you ever attended a market that is specifically for certain design styles? There are large markets held near my home town twice a year. The market is filled with farmhouse, shabby chic, industrial, and vintage goodies. I love shopping at these markets because the prices are typically very reasonable and help support local vendors. A quick Google search can locate various decor markets in your area. 🙂

 

Shop End of Season Clearance Sales

End of season sales of all kinds are my favorite! If you don’t mind shopping for your Christmas decor for the following year right after Christmas ends then you will love shopping out of season too. 🙂 Some of my favorite stores to hit up are:

  • Hobby Lobby

  • Kirklands

  • Sam’s Club

  • Target

  • Walmart

Most of these stores mark their clearance items down from 75%-90% off!

Shop from Other Rooms in Your Home

An easy and budget friendly way to decorate your home is to move items around that you already own, and place them in a different room. This tip may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how often it is overlooked. You can completely change the look of a room by changing out a few pieces. Switching out a lamp or changing out your throw pillows is easy and free!

 

Shop Your Families Attic

Searching through an attic and finding old family heirlooms is a great decorating tip. I love having pieces that are filled with history in my home. If your mom or grandma have been asking you for help cleaning out the attic then why not agree to it? Find a couple days where you can take your time going through each piece. Decide if it fits into your design style that you are creating for your home. Does it have potential to be refurbished? Solid wood pieces aren’t as readily available as they used to be. If you see solid wood then latch on tight. 😉

Thrift Stores

 Thrift stores are great places to find bargain home decor. Especially if you know what design style you are looking for. Many thrift stores have home decor in ample supply which means they offer it at very low prices. I’ve seen large pictures with the frame for $3 that made the perfect chalkboard for my home.

thrift store finds

Some of my favorite items to purchase at thrift stores are:

  • all seasonal decor

  • fabric napkins

  • milk glass

  • picnic baskets

  • picture frames

  • table cloths

  • unique baskets

  • white ceramic pitchers

  • wooden shutters

Timeless Pieces

If you are going to get the biggest bang for you buck then you should spend money on decor that won’t go out of style within a year or two. Timeless pieces can add character to your home, but they will also make your home look fabulous for years to come. Once you have set your design style then you can start searching for those timeless pieces.

vintage typewriter

My design style leans more to vintage farmhouse so some of my favorite timeless pieces include:

  • metal scales (kitchen)

  • old hardback books

  • rusty lanterns

  • Singer sewing machine/table

  • vintage fans

  • vintage typewriter

Yard Sales

Yard sales are one of the most budget-friendly ways to decorate your home. Plus they are a lot of fun! You can find great pieces at super low prices if you know what to look for. Keep your eyes open, and get creative. If you see a piece of furniture that would be perfect if it were a different color then refinish it. Wooden pieces are easily refinished. When you find something that you love, don’t walk away because you want to pay $4 instead of $5! You will regret it. 😉 Take small bills and change, a shopping purse, and a reusable tote to carry your goodies.

Enjoy the thrill of the hunt while saving a ton! What are some ways that you save money while decorating your home? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

 

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