Changing up your home’s aesthetics doesn’t have to be hard on the wallet. There’s actually a world of inexpensive decorating ideas out there to explore that can switch up the appearance of your interior while keeping those purse strings tight.
From thrifty shopping trips to refreshing your existing furnishings, our I Love Wallpaper team have put together a list of budget decorating ideas that won’t break the bank.
- Feature walls
- Pick up some plants
- Refresh with wallpaper
- Charity shop treasure
- Reuse glassware
- DIY artwork (frame old magazine pages, calendars)
1. Feature Walls
Rather than redecorating the whole room, why not add in a feature wall (or accent wall) instead? Feature walls are a fantastic means of refreshing up an interior design without committing to changing every colour in the room.
Instead of painting all four walls and changing your furniture, a feature wall allows you to pick up on accents and textures that are already apparent by using a carefully chosen wallpaper. For more advice on this, check our guide on the dos and don’ts of feature walls!
Pick up some plants
2. Pick up some plants
Going green is a serene means of breathing life into any colour scheme. The addition of a little plant life and greenery gives your living space a glorious colour hit, especially if your room is all-white or packed with neutral shades.
One big positive is that plants sit right at home in all kinds of interior styles, and if you’re worried about keeping the real thing alive, there’s plenty of great-looking, convincing fake foliage around to ease the guilt too!
Carpeting a room can be a costly affair, so why not add some colour, texture and warmth without paying out of your pocket for it? Embracing natural wooden floors and throwing down a rug is a great way to tick all of these boxes while simultaneously saving money and complementing the different accents and features of your interior’s design.
There are plenty of budget-friendly rugs out there in a huge range of pattern styles and colours, so you’ll have no trouble finding a piece that’s perfect for your space.
4. Refresh the wallpaper
Many people choose to upcycle old furniture and accessories with a lick of paint, but why not freshen things up with wallpaper instead? The many prints and patterns of wallpaper available can provide much more of a visual feast than paint, and sometimes all you need is a simple offcut to achieve your desired finish!
Wallpapering the likes of cupboards, cabinets, backsplashes and headboards is a great way of giving your furnishings a completely new and inexpensive look in a matter of minutes.
Of course, one of the more popular and cheaper methods of changing up your decor is with the addition of fabrics. Think about it, how many times has a new cushion caught your eye, you’ve impulse purchased, thrown it on the sofa and immediately felt refreshed?
This strategy is as economical as it is effective, and it doesn’t just stop at cushions either; you can recover furnishings with fabric and switch things up in your interior space with new bedding, pillows, slipcovers and throws.
6. Charity shop treasure
We’re huge fans of trawling charity shops for hidden gems and unexpected treasures. There’s a simple pleasure in digging out something that’s been discarded but is perfect for your decor; as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s (or woman’s) treasure, and there’s certainly plenty of opportunities to be uncovered.
From lava lamps and retro prints to vintage furniture and art deco pieces, you may be surprised at some of the amazing bargains you can bag at a charity shop.
7. Reuse glassware
Ever picked up some wine just because the bottle looks rather nice? Yeah, us too. Well, why not hold onto the bottle next time and repurpose it into part of your home’s decor? After a quick soak in hot soapy water – hey presto! You’ve got an attractive, ready-made vase.
The likes of jam jars and jugs are also great for repurposing; a favourite trick of ours is to add in fairy lights to make an eye-catching and inexpensive lamp that’ll look great in the kitchen or on a mantelpiece.
8. DIY artwork
The walls of your home can look pretty bare without the addition of some sort of art, but you don’t have to spend the big bucks to add those finishing touches to your decor. Instead, why not create some DIY artwork?
Sticking to the colour scheme of your interior’s design, you can pick out old magazine cuts, posters, calendar pages… The options are endless! Stick to a theme and frame your findings for a quick and fund-friendly means of adding art to your walls.