Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas: 6 Easy Tips

6 budget-friendly decorating ideas for your home 

Don’t have a lot of money to spend on your home decor? Relax! We are here to tell you that decorating does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Using these budget-friendly decorating ideas it’s easier than you might think to begin transforming your home today. From rearranging to re-purposing, from DIY to smart shopping we want to share these 6 money-saving tips for achieving a decorator-refreshed look without breaking the bank.

Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas: Rearrange Your Furniture

This budget-friendly decorating idea may seem obvious but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. We think people don’t fully benefit from this all-important technique because it seems too obvious. We propose RETHINKING the house. It takes out-of-the-box thinking and some dedicated time, but we think it’s time well spent. And it doesn’t cost a penny.

Imagine you have your furniture in a moving truck in the driveway, we want you to re-imagine the entire house. Think about the purpose of each room. How are you really using your rooms? Are there rooms you hardly use? Are there other rooms that are dedicated to too many activities?

Begin with purpose and your house will make you happier. After you move on from purpose, move to style. For example, by swapping chairs or coffee tables you can give your rooms a refreshed look. The end result? It will FEEL like you went furniture shopping when you just went shopping in your house. Now that’s an awesome budget-friendly decorating idea!

Jodie recently swapped two coffee tables, one from her living room and one from her family room. After almost 10 years she has a new look and feel to both rooms, and she feels like she just acquired 2 new pieces of furniture. I am constantly thinking and rethinking furniture. The more you do it the better you get. And the bonus? If you don’t like it you can always trade things back.

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Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas: Transform With Chalk-Paint

A great budget-friendly decorating idea is to revive old furniture by changing the color and giving it a whole new look. For the price of a can of paint and a few hours you can feel like you went furniture shopping. A fresh look can completely redefine a piece. You can use a variety of techniques, a variety of paints (spray paint, regular paint, chalk paint, watered-down or regular, milk paint).
Regardless of the product(s) or techniques you decide to use we know you will love the empowerment you feel once you begin transforming your furniture to your liking. Beware: it can be addictive. You can also check our helpful Chalk Painting blog tutorial. This piece below was part of an old natural wood bedroom set Jodie’s husband had owned when they met. He had no hard feelings when she transformed it with a little paint and gave it a whole new look.

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DIY Projects

The next budget-friendly decorating idea is one our absolute favorites: DIY projects. Do-it-yourself decor is the latest craze, and we all understand why. Armed with plenty of advice from blogs and other on-line sites you can do just about anything you want. Jodie was on a HUGE budget and needed curtains everywhere in her house. Instead of buying curtains she made drop cloth curtains for a tiny fraction of the cost.
Make sure to check out our Drop-Cloth Curtains blog tutorial. Whatever your project the old phrase, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” is our motto and should be yours. If you want something badly enough there is a way to figure out how to do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.
Budget-friendly decorating ideas: DIY drop cloth curtains

Budget-Friendly Decorating Tips: Create a Gallery Wall

Another of our favorite budget-friendly decorating ideas is to create a gallery wall. Do you have lots of blank white walls staring back at you? Think small, think gallery wall. Instead of buying a large (expensive) piece of art or a large mirror to fill that space it is much more economical to gather small items, i.e. small inexpensive picture frames, small decor items like these arrows below, that added together create a wow ensemble.

Another version of a type of gallery wall is a Plate wall. Be sure to check out our Plate Wall blog tutorial. This tutorial can also be helpful if you are creating a gallery wall. Many of the tips can be applied to any gallery wall projects.


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Use Elements From Nature

Another budget-friendly decorating ideas is to skip the store for buying flowers or seasonal decor items and go straight to nature. Jodie just recently brought in a branch she chopped from a tree in her front yard, and it looked so amazing in her home. I love to gather pine cones and acorns and rocks to add natural elements to my trays.

And, of course, if you are lucky enough to have a yard and a garden, make sure to take advantage of what nature provides and take plant and flower cuttings indoors. The list of possibilities is limited only by your imagination. The added bonus is the adventure of collecting takes you into the great outdoors where you’ll undoubtedly enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery and some beneficial exercise. Enjoy!

For more budget-friendly decorating ideas, read this helpful article from My Domaine.

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Budget-Friendly Decoraitng Ideas: When in Doubt, Go Neutral 

Now before you judge this budget-friendly decorating idea and say how boring, let us explain. We recommend keeping your big purchases neutral. Furniture should last you a LONG time. Years and years hopefully. They should last beyond your decor phases and design trends, move from house to house and/or room to room (possibly even be passed down to kids and the next generation).

Choose neutral colors and save the vivid colors and wow styles for your changeable, less expensive accessories. For example, we would recommend choosing a white, slip-covered couch and adding seasonal accents of color and pattern with your pillows and throws. We aren’t saying skip the style and fun, we are just suggesting having strategic “fun” and investing wisely.

In order to create a beautiful home you don’t need a lot of money. What you lack in budget you can make up for with CREATIVITY. You only need ingenuity, time, and the willingness to try. As Jodie and I can attest, there’s so much satisfaction in achieving results that are hard-earned rather than high-paid. Be smart, be brave, and have fun. If you start using these budget-friendly decorating ideas we think you will soon see the rewards in a creatively-inspired home you’ll be proud to show off.

jodie & julie

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  1. John says:

    I thought it was interesting how the article suggests going with neutral home decor. It says that the reasoning behind this is to make your accessories last well beyond your phase that you’re going through currently. This is definitely helpful since I’ve been having a hard time deciding what overall theme to accessorize with in my living room lately, and going neutral seems like it would be the best option for me right now.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you John. We are so glad you made it to our blog and found this decor post helpful. We hope you will come back often to be inspired. Jodie and I thank you for your sweet support. Good luck decorating your living room! Best wishes, Julie & Jodie

  2. Diana says:

    Nice Article.It’s really worth to read it! Great tips on home decor.I will keep in mind as I am planning to implement into my home.Thanks for this article.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Diana, Thank you for your kind reply. We are thrilled you found our tips helpful. We love it when we can inspire people to create beauty in their homes. Empowering our followers is our number one goal. Good luck and enjoy the process! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  3. We just moved into our first home, and I need help with some tips on how to decorate it. I like how you pointed out that going with neutral colors for the big items might be a good way to start. This is a good idea so that when I go pick out the accessories I can pick the more vivid colors, and be able to change them out more easily with the seasons or as our tastes change. Thanks for all of the information.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Harper, You are so welcome! Sounds like this post was just what you needed at this crucial stage in your “decorating game”! So happy we could share our practical advice. It’s an exciting time in your life. We are happy we could play a part in it 🙂 We hope you will continue to turn to us for lots of inspiration and advice. Blessings to you, Julie & Jodie

  4. Rayhan says:

    Actually this type of post is very much needed for me. Last month we shifted. In new home, I am not so comfortable because decoration. I don’t know why!!!! Now reading this post, it will very much helpful for me to re decorate house. And also budget is a big fact but here I got budget friendly decoration tips… really thanks for this post.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Jodie and I are delighted, truly thrilled, to hear this! Jodie and I have both struggled at different times, trying to decorate our homes within tight budgets…it’s additionally challenging for sure. However, it is more gratifying in the end! It’s pure “problem-solving” with your creative brain. We are so happy to help you on your decorating journey and hope you’ll visit us again for future ideas and inspiration. With blessings, Julie & Jodie

  5. Brynne Jones says:

    I like how you suggested creating a gallery wall. It was helpful that you included hanging inexpensive frames and other small decor items to fill up space. My sister recently moved into a new home, so she has been redecorating it to fit her style. It could be beneficial to her to consider these ideas as she decorates her new home with a budget.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Brynne, We’re so glad you found some ideas to take away. Budget decorating ideas are one of our specialties so we hope you’ll come back for more ideas and DIY projects. Wishing you the best, Julie & Jodie

  6. Anna says:

    @jjdesigntwins thanks for the well describe post it help me to decor my home. god bless you..

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Anna, We are so glad you visited our blog. We hope you will come back often for continued inspiration and decorating tips and advice. Fall is right around the corner, so we’ll have all kinds of fresh decorating ideas. Hope you’ll join us then. Many blessings to you too, Julie & Jodie

      • anna says:

        @jjdesigntwins m following your blog & thanks for blessing,,,,

        • jjdesigntwins says:

          Dear Ana,
          We are very happy to help inspire your budget decorating with these ideas. We have found great joy in decorating and also in sharing our ideas here on the blog. We hope you continue to visit for lots more inspiration to come. All the best, Julie & Jodie

  7. Thank you for all this great information about your home decor tips! I really like your point about using elements from nature that it will fill in the space with an organic warm feeling. My husband mentioned that he would like to see more plants in our home, so maybe we could look into that a bit further.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Sandra, We are very pleased you enjoyed our budget-friendly decorating ideas. It always feels good to be smart about spending. Using our creativity and ingenuity is always well-placed. Not only do we save money but there is a real sense of pride and accomplishment when you create what money just can’t buy! Enjoy the journey, Julie & Jodie

  8. I am trying to decide how I should decorate my sisters baby shower and apart of my gift to her is a new decor design that I want to go with the shower and her home. It has been a hard time trying to find something that she would want that works with both so this article was really helpful. Your tip about going neutral with big purchases like furniture and things like gifts should outlast all the fashion trends. Thank you for the great advice.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Good Morning Barbara, Welcome to our blog! We are so very happy to hear that our blog post was helpful for your project. To be even a small part of this generous project for your sister warms our hearts. We love to hear the stories of how our followers are employing our tips, and this sure is a great one. We wish we could be there to see the final results of your hard work for the baby shower and baby room. We are sure with all the hard work and love you put into it it will be absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing and we hope you will come back often to visit us here. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  9. Really great ideas !! Love it……..

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much for you comment! We really appreciate your feedback and your visit!

      Jodie & Julie

  10. Heinrich says:

    Your ideas are super cool and really beneficial to enhance anyone home decor. Loved it! Keep sharing with us more ideas.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much for your kind praise. We sure will continue to share. We hope you continue to enjoy. Fondly, Julie & Jodie

  11. Millie Hue says:

    It’s awesome that this article talked about getting neutral furniture and decorating with vivid accents since it is much cheaper to replace the accessories rather than the tables and sofas. Fortunately, our sofa is in the shade of brown. I could easily buy and blend colorful accents anytime I get bored of the current house decor. Thanks for these tips!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      We are glad you agree with our decorating advice. Everyone has their own unique style and of course every decorator has their own advice to give. But when something resonates with you it’s a good thing regardless. So happy you had some good “take aways” from this post. Take care, Julie & Jodie

  12. I like the idea that rearranging your furniture actually makes a difference in decorating your home. It’s good that you pointed out we should think about the purpose of the room when doing the arrangement. My wife and I are planning to renovate our apartment to make it look new and refreshing. We’ll keep in mind the tips you mentioned. We’re also thinking of adding home decor accents to our apartment.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      So glad that we inspired you with these tips! Sounds like you have a lot of good ideas, and hope you continue to enjoy our posts in the future!
      XO ~ Jodie & Julie

  13. ankur sharma says:

    re arranging furniture is really tough one and really do blunder if not done carefully… i was thinking about it from long time but never get chance or any idea to do it so… but i am going to do it right away..

  14. Thanks for these decorating ideas. I personally like the idea of having a gallery wall, especially if you can use small decor items. It seems like a good way to create a unique theme to a room, especially if it can really define you as a person.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Taylor, Thanks for joining us on our blog. We agree totally. And you articulated it so well. Gallery Walls are additionally fun because it’s so easy to change out an item here or there and keep things looking fresh. We hope you will sign up for our blog and continue to enjoy all we share. All the best, Julie & Jodie

  15. Ken Hwan says:

    I really like the advice to take things from nature, especially if you have a garden and can incorporate plants and food into your interior decorating with ease. My wife is very big into gardening and has just recently started to get into redecorating some areas around our house. I will be sure to recommend to her that she can combine her two new hobbies, and make the inside of our house look new and wonderful!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you for the sweet comments! Glad you got some good ideas for your wife! Hope you continue to enjoy our posts in the future! XO ~ Jodie & Julie

  16. Margaret says:

    That is precisely what my husband and I have been looking for! We’re in the process of remodeling our living room and needed a little inspiration. Thanks!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      We are so glad you found the blog so helpful! That is our number one goal, to inspire people like you! Thank you for the sweet comments dear!
      XO ~ Jodie & Julie

  17. Thanks for sharing this blog

  18. Great! All your decorating ideas are really pocket friendly. Thank you so much for sharing this one.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you for the sweet comments! We are so glad you enjoyed these decorating ideas!
      XO ~ Jodie & Julie

  19. These tips are really useful. Even changes in style and furniture makes a huge change. The ideas was so great!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      We are so glad you found these ideas useful! Hope to see you visit our blog in the future!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  20. Kitchen Set says:

    Your tips and ideas are super cool and really beneficial to enhance anyone home decor. I have surf various home decor websites but this one really catches my attention. Keep sharing more posts and Ideas.”
    Big Love Big Support!

  21. s3tkoncepts says:

    Love your blog!! You always have great tips and are very inspirational. Thanks so much.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      We are so glad you are loving our blog. We thank you for taking the time to sweetly reply. Hopefully you’ll keep enjoying all we share. Blessings to you, Julie & Jodie

  22. Hey there,
    Nice to see your website, and your article about budget friendly home decoration is also awesome. thanks!!

  23. Wow, this is my favourite post so far – lovely ideas, gorgeous interiors. Bravo!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi there,
      Thank you so much for this kind comment. We appreciate it so much!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  24. ASH Green says:

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    There is so much great, useful information here. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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    Thanks again 🙂

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hello there,
      Thank you so much for these kind words! We are so appreciative. So glad you found this post helpful. We will check it out!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  25. Thanks for sharing this article! it’s an interesting one!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      You are so welcome sweet friend! So glad you found this post interesting. Hope to hear from you again in the future.
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  26. These are some beautiful ideas! Thanks for sharing

  27. Adele says:

    wow what a wonderful website i have stumbled across, you are so inspirational

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw you are so sweet hun! We are so happy to hear you have found our blog. This means so much to us. Hope to hear from you again in the future.
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

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    • jjdesigntwins says:

      We are honored that you found this blog post helpful. We appreciate the kind comment as well! Hope to hear from you again in the future.
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

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