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How to Decorate your Home on a Budget


My daughter who is in college just recently acquired her very first apartment so we are currently in the process of decorating her new home. While you can get the décor you love without going broke; it just takes a bit more time to decorate your home on a budget, for you will have to get in touch with your inner creativity.  There’s something to be said about a home that screams “welcome home” upon your arrival. While your home doesn’t actually speak to you, there is a mindset change that occurs when you have a home that feels like it’s yours. Today we will discuss how to decorate your home on a budget as a means to freshen up your space without spending a lot of money.


Repurpose Mirrors – mirrors can make unique décor in your home, take old mirrors, place felt on the backside and use them for trays, coffee table décor or candle holders.

Shop Thrift Stores – check out your local thrift store for old trays, shelves and such to minimize clutter in a decorative way.

Canvas – use canvas to create your own art displays to hang on the wall, research online for thumbtack canvas to see how to create a masterpiece for wall décor.

Search Craigslist – keep an eye on your local Craigslist free section, you’d be surprised how much you can get free off this site that is like new.


Build your Own Tables – pallets seem to be the in thing these days, use Pinterest for some creative ideas on how to use free pallets for tables & other décor.

Small Bowls – you can pick up small bowls from just about anywhere for the price of $1 down to free, use them to store jewelry, keys and other small items to spruce up your storage areas.  Vases – similar to using small bowls, use old vases to place pretend flowers in or store make-up brushes as well as larger kitchen utensils.

Make a Photo Collage – print off some of your favorite photos and place them on the wall in a specific shape to decorate your wall in a memorable way.


There are so many ways you can decorate your home on a budget, from repurposing old items you don’t need to using items on hand in creative ways. If you find that your home is small and you want to make it feel roomier, then use lighter colors in any of your painting options as that will make your space look larger. With a little bit of paint, old items you no longer use, creativity and Pinterest inspired ideas, you certainly can make your home look fabulous without breaking the bank!

Let's discuss: What others ways can you decorate your home on a budget? 

Annmarie John
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  1. These are awesome tips! I am always looking to save some money whenever I can :)

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    1. Oh me too! If I can make it, get it on sale/clearance or even free, that's me!

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  2. These are some great ideas for decorating! My daughter moved into her own apartment with 3 other girls half way through collage. Believe it or not, one of the things she did was scavenge through our house to see if there was anything she wanted. lol Good reason for me to go out and find something new. =) Garage sales are something you could do, too.

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    1. My daughter is doing the same thing too. We had quite a few things that she could use, including brand new dishes etc, but we're also hitting up IKEA where the prices are GREAT!

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  3. Great ideas! I have been shopping thrift all my life. There's no better way to redecorate on a budget. You can get some amazing stuff. I love your decorating it looks fantastic! Love the colors, makes me want to go home and start redecorating. :)

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    1. Can you believe that I don't personally thrift shop. I've seen the awesome things that people get thrift shopping and I need to get with the program.

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  4. So many great tips, especially shopping thrift stores as sometimes you can totally find some interesting decor pieces to use there for sure.

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    1. I so agree. I've found really great decor pieces at my local Goodwill when I lived in NYC. I don't shop there anymore since it's too far away from me.

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  5. I definitely need to go to thrift store more often. There is even a decor consignment store near me that I could trade in the decor I no longer need and get something new to me!

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    1. Oh that sounds like a great idea. I wonder if I have one like that near me.

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  6. Great tips! Make your own wall art and use your collectibles are the two things that come to my mind!

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    1. Making your own wall art sure is a great idea too. Thanks for that.

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  7. I can't imagine a kid in college. Sob!! That said, I do love your sense of style here, and of course, the budget stuff is wicked important to me.
    Photo collages or cheap canvas prints are my personal favorite. In college, though? I think I plastered every bit of wall with posters!

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    1. hahaha that sounds about right when I was in college and late high school. I had posters everywhere. My oldest is a bit more sophisticated than I was. :)

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  8. I've been meaning to make a gallery wall! I love the thumbtack canvas DIY, too.

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    1. A thumbtack canvas sounds really nice. I'd love to see that.

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  9. I never thought to repurpose my mirrors! I have so many and making trays out of them to store all my knick knacks on is a cool idea!

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    1. Yes I had a few that I did that too and placed them in the guest bathroom. You can surely repurpose your own and make it totally cool

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  10. I always have good luck finding things at Savers. I like to repurpose gently used things.

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    1. That is a great idea. I don't think we have a Savers but I'll have to check.

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  11. Great tips... I redecorated my home at a budget. Did stencil cut out and painted the walls in multicolor!

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    1. That must look beautiful indeed. I'd love to see it.

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  12. Wonderful tips! I love thrift shopping and second-hand shopping! It's amazing what people don't want anymore -- and how I can use it in my home and make it look fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas!
    xoxo

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    1. That is so true. My mom would always say that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Now we know what she meant.

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  13. I love all these tips. I love going to antique stores for my decor, too. And a few big pieces I have are repurposed.

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    1. I just love antique stores. I have one that I just love to go and browse at the pieces that they have.

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  14. Collages definitely helped me fill my walls back in my first place. I found once I hung stuff on the walls it really began to feel like home.

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    1. I agree. I love paintings and when we moved into our new home last year, the first thing I did was get a few paintings and hung them.

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  15. I absolutely love the idea of using a mirror for a tray. That sounds like such a cute idea!

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    1. There are lots of other ideas and you can always visit Pinterest for ideas.

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  16. So many great tips. I love the idea of repurposing items, checking out thrift stores, or browsing the free Craigslist section. I always struggle with ways to make a rental feel more like something I styled.

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    1. Even if you're renting, unless you rented it fully furnished, you should be able to decorate it the way you like making it your own.

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  17. Oh I remember those days after I graduated from college. Should i buy this and starve for a week?? Character building!

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    1. I don't anyone should ever buy anything and starve for a week. I know I won't!

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  18. These are great tips.I love shopping in thrift stores and going to garage sales because I can haggle.Sometimes they even let you get stuff for free.

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    1. I've not done garage sales and I'm not a fan of haggling. If I don't like the price I just move on. :)

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  19. We are furnishing a lakehouse.... I really need to hit up the local thrift stores to get the dishes. thats a great idea!!

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    1. If it's not a home you're going to be residing in permanently, then the thrift store is a great idea.

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  20. Great decorating tips. On a budget is great since I love to change things in the house often.

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    1. I'm very much the same way so on a budget is how I like to do things. It's also one of the reason I just love shopping at IKEA.

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  21. I love all of these tips! I have a few decorating projects on my list for summer. Can't wait to get started.

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    1. I can't wait to see what you're doing. I'm hoping you'll share and add a few tips as well.

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  22. Fabulous tips! I'm definitely big on working with a budget for home decor, especially with three little boys that knock things down so easily. LOL!

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    1. Oh I totally understand. I have 2 older kids but they're just as bad as my 4yr old. We can never have anything nice and expensive.

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  23. I like your DIY ideas and tips. You can even contribute to a home décor magazine. It's nice to often reuse, recycle and redecorate certain items to make them look new and good for the home.

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    1. You are absolutely right. There are so many things in our home that we can recycle but we just don't know it.

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  24. yes to photo collage feature wall! i'm totally planning to make one when i get my own home.

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    1. I can just imagine how awesome it will look. Do it!!

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  25. This is awesome! I love these ideas! We have been in our house 10 years, but are still not really fully set up - it has been a long process of fixing things! I am going to implement some of these ideas though.

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    1. And you should definitely implement them. Some of the most beautiful homes have refurbished, recycled (antique) furniture in them. It's not how much money you spend, but how amazing it looks with what you have.

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  26. Creativity is key when you're decorating your home while following a strict budget. The materials doesn't have to expensive to look good, you just have to be creative in using them, and I love how you emphasized that here. Also, congratulations to your daughter, she is officially an adult with responsibilities!

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    1. I just mentioned that above without even seeing what you wrote. You just hit the nail on the head and said it more eloquently than I did. :)

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  27. I love IKeA and need dishes for our lakehouse. I also need to hit up some thrift stores.... great ideas!

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    1. Yes it is and IKEA is usually my go to store whenever we go shopping because the prices are just right for my tiny budget.

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  28. I never knew you can get a ot of stuff for free on Craigslist, must look for those next time so I can redecorate my home!

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    1. There are always people on Craigslist with things that they want to get rid of. Some of them might actually have something you can use.

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  29. I love shopping in other rooms in my house. Sometimes I find that switching it up works or get out a can of spray paint & re-do the color.

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    1. That's a good idea as well. I have changed up the color of little things and it did make a world of difference.

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  30. Decorating can be so tricky. This is such a great life hack for budget decor! :)

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    1. Thank you Jason, sometimes when you don't have a lot of money, you have to do what you have to do.

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  31. I love the idea of re-purposing mirrors. I have absolutely NO decorating sense so can use all the tips I can get!

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    1. Oh mine isn't the greatest but we all have a bit of decorating sense, it might just not be interior decorator fashion, but we all have an idea of what we like and don't like.

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  32. Photo collages is definitely a fun way to decorate your room walls. I think fairy lights would be a great addition to this list as they completely change the environment of the room.

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    1. That's a very good idea and now you just gave me an idea.

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  33. I love this write up! You really don't have to spend to much when it comes to decorating your home. You can work with whatever you already have lying around the house. Re-purpose, recycle and even build from scratch if you have the necessary materials needed for the project. You get to save money and have fun doing it too!

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    1. Yes you sure can and I'm glad the article spoke to you.

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  34. i love decorating my home and thanks to your diy tips and budget tips

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    1. I'm glad I was to help out at least a little. Thanks for stopping by.

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  35. You always feature a small girl in your blogs, so that I did not expect that you also have a college age daughter! With such a big gap between your kids, it must have been difficult to start all over. I bet the blog helped to cope with the stress. :-)

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    1. That small girl is Madison, the owner of the blog. I also feature 2 boys as well every once in a while, but my oldest, also has her own blog and is in college.

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  36. Ability to turn ideas into actions makes it worthwhile. Photo collage trends is a blessing to this geneearion and fits perfectly in decorating a room.

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    1. Yes photo collages sometimes tell a story and can make a room look really special.

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  37. I wish I had an eye for home decor. I think I'm more into shopping for home decor than actually decorating LOL I love thrift shopping because there's always good deals on home decor items. I got some really nice throw pillow for 1$ each and they were brand new. I also love the idea of using bowls to hold jewelry. I do that all the time. =)

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    1. I need to do some thrift shopping. I hear and see people with their great hauls and I'm missing out.

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  38. These are great ideas for home decor. I should try. I love mirror, looks so classy.

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    1. I'm a big fan of mirrors as well. You can surely do it!

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  39. Thanks for these wonderful ideas and I might steal some of them to use in decorating my home.

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    1. Oh go right ahead! I'm pretty sure others have been doing it way before me. :-)

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  40. Really cool ideas. It is not always possible to buy expensive things for home decor. We also must keep on looking for deals.

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    1. I am one of the biggest deal shopper there is. I love things that are on sale and clearance. Why go expensive when you can do a great job spending less money.

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  41. Great ideas! My daughter and son are each young adults and they have done amazing jobs on setting up their own places. My daughter is currently making a headboard out of pallets and she has a beautiful coffee table made from a door.

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    1. Oh those must look great. I can totally see that headboard but would love to see that coffee table!

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  42. Your tips are awesome! I love using accents from Family Dollar and the Dollar Tree!

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    1. Oh I do the same thing too. My dollar store must know me by face because I'm always in there.

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  43. You are very good. I learnt to decorate on a budget when I came to the USA for graduate school

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    1. That must have been very exciting but you totally see that it can be done!

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  44. I love decorating! Problem is the time allocation.

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    1. You just have to make the time. If you put some effort into it that is.

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  45. Indeed there's loads of way to redecorate your house. at different stage of your life, you will want to have your home in certain ways... so decorating it on a low budget will enable you to do it often!

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    1. I totally agree. I've changed the way I see things, and besides the big things like couches etc, I tend to do low budget for everything else.

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  46. Mirrors can also make the house brighter. It's also good to use small and thrift items to change the look of the household.

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    1. I don't particularly use a lot of thrift store items since I don't go thrift store shopping but it is a good idea, especially if you're low on funds.

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  47. I never thought about the free section of Craigslist! Such a great idea! I'll definitely make that a part of my hunting now! Thank you!

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    1. You're very welcome Haley, and you'd be surprised at the items you'll be able to find.

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  48. So many great finds at thrift stores and Craigslist!

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    1. Oh you can say that again. I've found some great finds at both!

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