18 Cheap Or Free Ways To Decorate Your Home

Updated on August 10, 2020

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I love decorating my home! It helps me to create a welcoming space to come to every day.

And if you’re like most people who landed on this article, you’re looking for some cheap ways to decorate your home too. And I have a ton of ideas for you!

I know that sometimes it is challenging to fit in your budget some home improvements, but you just crave something new for your home… You get tired of the same walls, same furniture, same layouts, and your home can even start to irritate you. Been there!

But after some personal hits and misses, I discovered that there are actually a lot of cheap ways to decorate your home without breaking the piggy bank.

Read on to discover my top recommendations and I bet you will be amazed by how simple can it be to decorate your home!

 

18 Free Or Cheap Ways To Decorate Your Home

 

Revive unique accessories.

 

Instead of purchasing expensive decorations, I love to refurbish my home accessories or decor items. It is cheaper, and it can offer an interesting vintage decorative feel if you’re into that kind of stuff You can find a lot of goodies to refurbish on second-hand stores, garage sales, and vintage boutiques. Look for things like antique candle holders, mirrors, coffee tables, and anything else that has a shape you like and simply repaint it or deep-clean to bring back the shine.

 

Move furniture around.

 

Probably the simplest and cheapest way to decorate your home is to review the furniture placements and create a new, stylish, or more practical layout. Scroll through some interior ideas around the internet and try to notice how and where is furniture placed. You’ll find a lot of ideas and you will be able to recreate different layouts at your home too.

 

Improve your flooring.

 

If your floor is not-so-pretty-anymore, the cheapest way to decorate it is with a new rug. Now, I know, I know, it must be cheap ways to decorate your home – rugs aren’t cheap! But you can actually find a lot of very inexpensive rugs at IKEA. They will be synthetic, and may not be very Instagram-worthy, but they do the job of hiding the old floor just fine.

 

Add as many plants as possible.

 

Going green can boost your home appeal and significantly improve the air inside. You can grow your own plants from seeds, propagate from someone else’s plants (just make sure to ask before you do it!) or grab a few plants on sale and make a few more out of them.

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Create a theme and stick to it.

 

If you want to keep your home decoration costs at a minimum, I highly recommend sticking to one color palette. A mix of different colors is very hard to put together, and it will always look a bit messy, so you can end up buying more. Tidiness and cleanliness are a huge part of home decor so, to make yourself a favor, choose one neutral palette, and just plan everything around it!

 

Switch the bulbs.

 

New bulbs (in a different light tone, or even colored ones) can provide a refreshing change, and it is a low-cost way to offer a room an entirely new vibe.

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Use your creativity and DIY your own decor.

 

If you’re one of the creative souls, a new painting or even stitching design can be one of the best ways to decorate your home on a budget. There are tons of DIY painting tutorials on Youtube and most of them look awesome + are made to be very easy to recreate.

 

Try wall decals.

 

If you have plain walls, a cheap way to decorate your home is by adding an interesting wall decal. They’re usually inexpensive and they give a new room feel to any space, quickly. If you don’t want to decal the whole room, choose a center wall, and decorate there.

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Create a photo gallery.

 

Add your personal touch and use an area on the wall to hang some photos with friends and family members. Making your own photo gallery is a lot cheaper than buying paintings and it’s a beautiful thing to have in any home. To save on the frames, choose cheap, wooden frames and dollar store, and paint them yourself.

 

Decorate your kitchen with your china.

 

There is no need to keep your plates hidden. As long as they’re clean, you can present them as kitchen accessories by displaying them on a shelf.

 

Recondition your cabinets.

 

Applying new paint or just gloss finish can turn out to be the cheapest way to liven up and decorate your kitchen. If you’re tired of boring kitchens, you can even go bold and repaint your cabinets in a brighter color (like mint blue!). If you prefer a minimalistic look, white cabinets will always look great in kitchens and they tend to create a feeling of more space.

 

Add new tablecloths and napkin holders.

 

… And bring up a new pepper and salt shaker, along with a flower vase. These are inexpensive items that can add a hint of decor to your dining table fast.

My favorite way to decorate for cheap is by adding a vase with wild flowers (picked near the lake or forest).

 

Replace your shower curtain.

 

Shower curtains are inexpensive, but they can add a lot to your bathroom decor! If you can, make sure the mats, towels, and soap cases follow your color palette, otherwise – just pick a neutral color shower curtain that matches every other color (think white, black, grey).

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Make sure to remove clutter.

 

In my opinion, this is the cheapest and fastest way to decorate absolutely any home – just make it squeaky clean.

Nothing looks better than a perfectly clean room and even if your home lacks expensive decor, if it’s clean, it will always look and feel good.

If you feel like decluttering might be the thing you home really need, make sure to check our ultimate decluttering guide.

 

Shop for some inexpensive throw pillows.

 

Throw pillows go very cheap on sales (especially Christmas sales!), so it’s a great idea to grab a few for an instant feeling of new decor. Position them in your living room, bedroom, or on that small sitting bench at your home’s entrance.

If you want to spend even less on throw pillows, buy just the inserts and DIY pillow covers from clothes that don’t fit you anymore.

 

Remove some furniture.

That’s right! Some furniture in our homes can be completely useless, or even an eyesore.

I admit that sometimes I get attached to stuff, which is why I discovered recently that removing a piece of bulky furniture completely changed the interior in my living room!

 

Sort your bookshelves.

 

One of my favorite, cheap ways to decorate the home is by sorting the books and other objects on shelves in a very orderly fashion. You can sort your books by color, by alphabet, or any other order you’d come up with. Plus, it’s a fun way to kill some time when you’re bored!

 

Add some candles for an extra touch of style.

 

Candles are awesome. They’re an instant and inexpensive way to create a luxurious feeling in any room and you don’t have to go for those expensive, ultra-fragrant candles. To decorate and stay within your budget, choose odorless, fragrance-free candles for just the lighting (they’re healthier anyway), or buy the scented ones in bulk.

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Decorating Your Home Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

 

I know these are common sense ways to decorate your home, but I also believe that people need to be reminded about how simple life is. Sometimes we want more than we actually need and forget our creative side which is able to generate a lot of beautiful ideas, without spending money.

So I hope you will use one, more, or all tips above to change your home’s décor today! I suggest you to start by modifying a wall and moving forward to removing some furniture. From this point on, things will seem changed entirely!

And, of course, do some shopping for cheap home décor items to freshen up your interior! I can’t stress the fun of vintage stores enough, because you never know what you’re about to discover! For my last home improvement project, I purchased a vintage lamp that makes my room seem otherworldly.

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