How To Decorate A House With No Money

how to decorate a house with no money


How to Decorate A House With No Money – Tips for People Decorating on a Budget


We all love beautiful things. Unfortunately, beautiful things are also usually quite expensive. However, with a little creativity, you can make your home beautiful on a tight budget.

Interior design is a fantastic way to express yourself and create an environment where you’re comfortable.

It’s easy to get carried away by Instagram posts and Pinterest boards and feel like you have to spend a lot of money to design your perfect space.

Of course, those perfectly styled rooms filled with expensive home decor items are so inviting. But there are plenty of ways you can decorate your house if you’re on a tight budget.

These are a few time tested budget-friendly home decor ideas.

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1. Start with what you own.

This is a totally free option when it comes to home decor.

Look around your home for pretty items that you love that will look great on a bookshelf or as a centerpiece.

Combine little knick-knacks you already own into groups as vignettes and display them all together.

There are plenty of ways to use stuff you’ve already got around the house to redecorate, and it’s totally free!.



2. Organize

Neatly organized shelves are always going to be more aesthetically pleasing than cluttered ones. If you’re looking for some great, low cost organizing ideas and products, this post has quite a few of them.

Try organizing your books by color rather than randomly throwing them into your bookcase.

You can beautify your closet by organizing by color too. Color coordinating your possessions is a great way to not only organize your home but add some visual interest to what you already own.

This is another interior design look that’s totally free!

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3. Shop at Budget-Friendly Decor Stores

If you are looking for some new interior design items, start at budget-friendly decor stores.

Check out T.J.Maxx, Target, Walmart, Etsy and Ebay. These are great places to find pieces that you can use as a focal point for a room or for your interior design look as a whole.

If you’re in the market for a coffee table, lighting fixtures, or throw pillows, these are great things to pick up less expensively.

Be sure to check out this post for even more ideas and sources for budget friendly home decor.


4. Add a coat of paint.

If your living room furniture or dining room set just isn’t doing it for you but you don’t have the money for anything new, you can always add a coat of paint.

Fresh paint breathes new life into older furniture.

Chances are you might already have some leftover cans of paint on hand. If not, all you have to do is buy the paint and roll up your sleeves.


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5. Opt for a minimalist look.

One major budget saver is going for a look that doesn’t require tons of stuff.

A minimalist look that mostly eliminates clutter and focuses on a few key focal points is a great way to introduce an interior design style to your home without breaking the bank.

This method also allows you to splurge on a few nicer home decor pieces because the room will focus on them and there won’t be a need for other home decor items


minimalist look

6. Choose unique accents.

This doesn’t necessarily mean a Salvatore Dali reproduction! “Unique” means unique to you.

People sink a lot of money into interior design items without a real plan, which means they’re constantly updating because it’s not exactly what they want.

Find a few pieces that you absolutely love and use them to guide your interior design efforts so they inspire the whole look of your home.




7. Rearrange the furniture.

Sometimes we’re so used to seeing our furniture layout, day in and day out, we don’t realize there might be a better alternative.

Try taking a few photos of your space on your phone. This allows you to look at the room in a new light.

You don’t need to move every single piece around (although this could be great too!) a few tweaks and edits to your furniture layout might be all you need to love the room again.


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8. Take out those family heirlooms and display them.

This tip is a personal favorite. Displaying beautiful keepsake items is not only cost effective, but a great way to truly put a personal stamp on your home.

Don’t miss this post on framing keepsakes and special family mementos.


family heirlooms


9. Bring in some plants or fresh flowers.

A quick trip to a local nursery or hardware store can yield some beautiful results.

A personal favorite of mine is Isreali Ruscus . This is the greenery in the photo below.

Simply put the stems in a pretty vase or container and and the leaves stay fresh and green for months on end!



plants and flowers

10. Don’t over look consignment shops.

Whether you’re looking to get rid of pieces you own or buy new ones (or both!) local Goodwill and thrift shops are a great design source.

Find out the day of the week when they receive new items so you can be the first to peruse the shipment.

Some shops will even negotiate the price, it never hurts to ask!


how to decorate a house with no money


Interior design doesn’t have to break the bank, and there are plenty of totally free ways you can update your home’s look.

Don’t let Pinterest or Instagram intimidate, rather use it for inspiration. And never forget, those professionally taken photographs are missing a key element. It’s people that give home life!


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  1. Maryellen wrote:

    Great post!

    Published on 10.16.19 · Reply
  2. Richard Blumenthal wrote:

    Hi Sue. Thanks for the great ideas and wonderful photos. We recently downsized so we want to make the best use of a smaller space. We did a major remodel but now is the time to personalize the place, so your suggestions are timely. Two items I’d like to add to your list: Craigslist is a nationwide online service that (among many other things) offers free stuff in your local area. Also estate sales can be a source of unique, low cost household items. These both require diligence but the reward can be huge for those who stick with it.

    Published on 10.17.19 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      YES! Both are great ideas! Thanks Richard and good luck with the new place!

      Published on 10.17.19 · Reply