Finding affordable home decor is easy, if you know where to look. I’ve had over a decade of experience decorating on a budget. Between fixing up temporary apartments, to finding items that aren’t too precious to survive toddlers and puppies, we’ve tackled it all.
Are you looking to decorate your home or apartment on a budget? Check out these nine easy ways to find affordable home decor.
1. Watch for Sales
When you’re decorating on a budget, it’s important to have a plan. Know what you need and prepare to wait. Spend time figuring out exactly what you want for your space and then watching for the best sales or deals. You’ll save money by furnishing your home when the items you desire are discounted.
2. Join a Local Buy Nothing Group
Hand me downs are a great source of new decor. When I feel like changing things up, I often turn to our local buy nothing group first. And I’ve used it to pass on candles, bedding, furniture and more that no longer meets our needs. You can clear out clutter, improve your own space, and send less to landfills. It’s a win for everyone!
3. Use Natural Items for Affordable Home Decor
Shells gathered at the beach, pine cones picked up on a walk with your children, or evergreen branches can all make great decor items. They’re free and they add a natural element to your space. Gather wildflowers, or get creative with cool pieces of driftwood.
4. Don’t be Afraid to Paint
You can make an old item new again, or refresh a hand me down with a bit of paint. Painting is one of those skills anyone can learn, even if they’re not big on DIY. Worst case, you still don’t like the item and pass it on. But paint can transform a so-so piece into something fresh, unique and completely your style.
5. Shop Online
Amazon is a great source of affordable home decor items. I love this metal vase and plan to stock up on succulents soon. Check out this piece on Farmhouse Decor on a Budget for more stylish + affordable ideas. You can also find great deals on site like Target, Urban Outfitters, and Joss & Main.
6. Check Out Estate and Yard Sales
Estate sales and yard sales can be a great source of decor on a budget, especially if you stop by on the last day. Sellers are eager to clear out whatever remains and larger furniture pieces and rugs can often be snapped up for a steal, since they don’t want to deal with disposal. We have a wool rug from an estate sale that continues to stand the test of time, while our trendier pieces are fast showing wear.
7. Shop Your Home
Sometimes moving pieces from one room to another, clearing out clutter, and taking a look at your space with fresh eyes is all you need. Pretend you’re a decorator or someone who stages homes for sale and assess your space. Is it too cluttered? What’s missing from each room? Could shifting items around improve the flow or functionality? Try moving the accessories you have to new places in your home before buying more. You may find you already have exactly what you need.
8. Personalize Your Space
Take the time to print and frame family photos. Display photo albums on coffee tables. Frame your children’s artwork. Personal pieces are a great way to add color and life to a home.
9. Paint an Accent Wall
If your budget is really tight, painting a whole room can get expensive. Painting an accent wall is a great way to get a stylish impact for cheap. Alternatively, you can use wall decals if you’re in an apartment and painting is forbidden.
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What are your favorite ways to find affordable home decor and decorate on a budget? Do you have a favorite decorating style?