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Budget-Saving Home Décor Tips

After doing some Spring Cleaning, you might be thinking of new and fresh ways to style your home. Instead of making a spontaneous (and potentially very costly) trip to Bed Bath & Beyond, you can start making some wiser and long-term decisions on how to give your home a bit of a facelift.

You Don’t Have to Be a DIY Expert to Save Money on Home Décor

We’ve probably all watched HGTV or read an amazing article in Good Housekeeping and thought to ourselves, “This is inspirational, but how can someone like me really reupholster a vintage chair?” But, while it of course helps to have a carpenter in the house or have experience with interior design, sometimes you don’t need to grasp at these “bigger” projects that seem only fit for the DIY expert. Instead, start small by making wiser long-term decision.

Small changes can go a long way!

For example, to change the look of your couch, why not give it some new throw pillows? Tapestry-like blankets can also really set a whole new mood to our couch and bring more elegance to the living room overall.  Check out TheGlitterGuide.com’s essential post on how to style a sofa. Similarly, if your home gets a lot of sunshine (which is awesome!), you may not have realized that your photos, posters, and artwork have faded over the years due to too much exposure to the sun.  If you are able to replace these, also invest in UV-protected frames to make sure your images and artwork don’t loose their quality and color over time.  Places like WholesalePosterFrames.com offer a range of standard and custom frames with UV-protection and other features to keep your artwork looking great.

Focus on mood-changing projects!

If you want to see big changes in your home, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, focus your attention and budget on one of three main areas:

1. Lighting:  You’ve probably seen how changing your light bulbs can drastically change the feel of a room; so imagine what changes are possible by changing your lighting arrangement. Using more lamps as opposed to direct overhead lighting can warm up a place. Consider also installing dimmers and directional downlights can help accent a room as well.

2. Window Treatment: Whether going for drapes, curtains, bamboo shades, or shutters, the way you utilize your window spaces can have a big impact on the room’s theme and overall home décor. StyleAtHome.com is a great resource for learning about different window treatments.

Spend your money on your window treatments. You can use a prefab rod and get your material, like silk, at a discount store. But window dressings are probably the most dramatic element in a room. That’s where you get the impact. — Eric McClelland, Fleur-de-lis Interior Design, Toronto

3. Color: Color affects mood, and this is a scientific fact. Seriously! Besides showing off your personality, the colors in your home can help bring out certain moods or feelings of calmness, excitement, etc.. Blue is known to have a more relaxing and calming effect while red raises energy levels. Yellow is generally attached to cheerfulness and happiness, but in brighter shades, it can actually be tiring and even stir anxiety. Take a look at the wall colors and accent colors in your home and if you think this deserves the most attention and upgrade, focus most of your budget and time in creating the best new color scheme for your home.

About Sherrie W.

Sherrie is a part-time contributor to All the Frugal Ladies. She currently works for a small publishing firm in London and enjoys writing about her frugal (and not so frugal) life experiences and lessons learned along the way :)

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  • I love the tip about window treatments. They can really make or break a space. I always choose light, airy curtains and hang them a few inches higher and extend the rod by a few inches on each side to make the window look bigger.

    • Sherrie Woosley

      Great tip, Jazmin! I didn’t know that and that could definitely help my bedroom window!

  • Kathy Baugher

    These are great tips and that is sooo true about color! The first thing I do to change up our space is with different slipcovers for our pillows.

  • Lindsey Silvestrini

    I love all these great tips! I’m not the best at decorating but you really can make a huge difference with something as small as throw pillows. I used them to ad color to an otherwise brown and beige room and it was like a whole new room!

    • Sherrie Woosley

      Yep! I love my funky throw pillows from Ikea!

  • malia p

    These are some great tips! Getting new window treatments really changed the overall look to my bedroom.

  • Good tips here. I recently painted a bedroom with an accent wall and it feels like a whole new space! I’m in no rush to find art because the walls look so great!

    • Sherrie Woosley

      So true – it’s amazing how just painting one accent wall a different color can already give the space more punch. What color did you choose?

  • I need to update my decor. These tips are very useful since I love saving as much money as possible.

  • TacklingOurDebt

    Good suggestions Sherrie! I didn’t know you could get custom frames with UV-protection. A smart idea esp if you are framing one of a kind family pictures and you want them to look nice forever.

    • Sherrie Woosley

      Thank you! Yeah, that was one of my big surprises as well as I was doing my internet research.

  • JoanneGreco

    Great tips especially about changing the color. Not only is it fairly inexpensive to do, but it can change your whole mood!

  • Richard Harer

    I love how you explain it. Great information and tips! I’l go with the mood-changing project 😉

  • Katherine Bartlett

    Great tips on this! I love changing the color of a room the best.

  • You’re right, small changes like changing the drapes really do make a big difference to the appearance of a room! Smaller details can also help you revamp a room without committing to a huge project.

  • Elizabeth Towns

    I read somewhere how just changing the paint color in a room could make an incredible difference. I need some of these tips right now. Thanks.