11 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Decorating

11 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Decorating

Beautiful homes don’t have to cost a fortune.   With a little creativity you can have a beautiful  home while keeping on budget.  There are countless ways to do this, and really the only limitation is your imagination.  With these ideas no one will know you did it on the cheap…unless you blog about it!  Here are 11 ways to beat the high cost of decorating.

1.  Fake architectural details.  It shouldn’t be a surprise that #1 involves paint.  There is no better way to transform what you have on a budget than paint.   Use it to add some architectural details!

Here they not only painted the headboard on the wall, they painted faux trim work too.  Beautifully done!

painted headboard on wallinteriors by kenz

This next one is really ingenious!  Want to beef up the baseboards without having to buy & install new ones?  Buy a thin piece of molding, attach it a few inches above your existing baseboards & then paint it all white.

beefed up baseboardsHouse of Smiths

Painted on picture frame molding works too.

Faux panelling and molding with paint

Prairie Perch


2.  Stretch your flower budget.   After paint, greenery is my second choice for freshening up a room on a budget.  Bud vases stretch a bouquet of flowers.  No bud vase?  Reuse small empty glass bottles.  I keep the glass spice jars, they are perfect for this.


mason jar flowers

Top This Top That


bud vase trio

About Flowers Blog

glass jar vase


3.  Use free things from nature.   I love natural elements in the home and would use them even if I didn’t have any budget limitations.  Branches, sea shells, acorns and  pine cones are all great choices & can be switched out with the seasons.


Via Home Modish


Decorating with shellsThe Decorated House

DIY Acorn Wreath

All You


4.  Curbside/Craigslist finds.  

Curbside finds are the best, but not so readily available.  My next choice is Craigslist.  I love this chair makeover from Celebrating Everyday Life.  The fabric, the color, it’s perfect.


Chair makeover

Celebrating Everyday Life

Vintage fans like the one shown in the next photo can sell on Etsy for around $80.  I found this one curbside.  My husband re-wired it & I painted it.

vintage fan


Here are a couple more Craigslist finds transformed with paint.

curbside dresser makeover

The Everyday Home

dresser transformation

Just A Girl and Her Blog


5.  Line bookshelves.

Change the look of boring bookshelves by lining the backs.  Some ideas: use paint, wallpaper, fabric, or even wrapping paper.

Lined bookshelves

 Meyer Interiors

Polka dot lines shelves

Oh My Dear



6.  Paint…the front door to liven up the entry.  Or the kitchen cabinets to totally transform the room.


The Inspired Room

kitchen makeover with paint

Everyday Enchanting


Pretty Handy Girl


7.  DIY wall art… frame pictures from books,  magazines, or calendars.  You can also frame fabric, scrapbook paper, or maps.  I did a post on framing fabric awhile back, you can see that here.

Allison at 235 Designs needed a large-scaled piece for her entry so she made one herself…using posterboard and paint.

DIY Wall Art

 Two Thirty Five Designs

For my own DIY wall map that hangs in my family room, I used map prints I bought on eBay for around $20 with Wal-Mart frames.

DIY map wall art


8.  Budget fabric options.  

Fabric can get pricey.  These creative bloggers found other options.

Make an area rug from a tablecloth!

Rug from tablecloth

Dream Book Design

Curtains from sheets!

cutains from sheets

Take the Side Street

Throw pillows from napkins!

pillows from napkins!

Centsational Girl



9.  Rearrange your wall art… rearranging furniture is good, but how about rearranging your artwork?   Take everything off the walls and switch it up.  This works for accessories too.

mix and match wall art

Finding Home Online

Wall vignettePottery Barn

Wall art

Ballard Designs



10.  Decluttering.  Sometimes you just need to remove things rather than adding more things!  Keep it simple.


clutter free kitchen

via Stylish Livable Spaces

clutter free liv room

via mom toob



11.  Switch out the small things…cabinet knobs, light switch covers.  Sometimes the little details can make the largest impact.



Ikea Hackers

I really hope some of these budget decorating ideas inspired you!  If you put in a little time and creativity you can have a home you love without breaking the bank!

Also, be sure to check out 20 cheap decorating ideas for even more budget-friendly home inspiration!!

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23 thoughts on “11 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Decorating

  1. These are great ideas. I have done many of them myself, and people assume all the time I have spent a lot of money on my home. I happily tell them how cheap things actually cost. I am going to do the one to beef up the floorboard trim, I never thought of that. Awesome!

  2. These are amazing suggestions! I think of most of these when I try to redo a room. Actually, since I’m in a rental house I try to switch out small things- like the hardware- before I do anything else. I also try to imagine how a room would look with inexpensive artwork and rugs. Thanks for sharing these tips.


  3. Love these ideas. Sadly I have just spent much longer than I should have done following the links and checking out the ideas! I LOVE that yellow door and the flower arranging tips are great. Thanks for putting this together.

  4. Such a great post.I enjoyed going through each idea.I believe so much in DIYing things rather than buying the same for high cost.Thank you for linking up at Home matters link up party. We would love to see you again next wednesday.

  5. These are great tips! I love decorating but it can get pricey. I have also found that if you have a nice piece you can get away with a few less expensive ones surrounding it – especially for the holidays. Love these tips. Thanks!

  6. Can you comment on how to refinish a piece of furniture, like the “dresser to TV stand” you did? I have a piece of furniture I’d like to refinish but I’m not sure how to do it. (Do I sand it down first? What type of paint t use? Special tips?)

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