Little or No Money Decorating

by Carol Parsons


I am single mom with two kids. We live on very little income at the moment. I've learned to decorate with little or no money by using things that I already have or can get for a small amount of money.

My house lacked color and light, so I had to find ways to make it seem brighter inside. I didn't have money to spare on things like decorating, which meant I had to get creative.

Over and over in my head, I worked and reworked plans to make things look better and brighter with what I already had in the house. At times, I spent a small amount of money, but the small changes made a huge impact.

Here are some tips to help brighten your home.

  1. Use things that you already have around the house. Sometimes you can transform a room just by moving a piece of furniture, a picture, or some knickknacks. Try different things. We tend to get used to an item or piece of furniture in the same room and forget to try something new. Make the changes on a piece of paper first to see how it might fit or look.

  2. Use tablecloths. Vinyl tablecloths are an inexpensive way to decorate different areas of your home. They cost only a few dollars and come in a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns. Because they are so inexpensive, they can be changed often to match the season or the mood. I've used them on my kitchen table and my end tables. I've also used them for shower curtains, to line shelves, and for window coverings. They are easily altered to fit many different uses.

  3. Use collections as part of decorating. When a person starts collecting something, everyone wants to add to the collection for birthdays and holidays. You would be surprised at how fast a collection can grow. I collect NASCAR racing items. We have posters, cars, bedding, and other items. I've used them to bring color and brightness to our house. Since it is such a love of mine, it makes the house feel like it's a part of me, so I love to be here.

  4. Don't forget to move the furniture. We often get into a rut where we think the furniture will only fit where we have it. We don't try new arrangements. Often, I'll sit in a room and visualize different arrangements of the furniture. When I think that I have one that I will enjoy, I give it a try. I am often surprised at how good it looks. The only way to find out is to try it.

  5. Painting is one of the cheapest ways to brighten a room. Different colors can even make the room seem bigger. There are hundreds of painting techniques from which to choose. Your local home building store can lead you in the right direction. In fact, they often offer classes right at the store. Look around your room at the furniture, color, and mood. Go for a color that will make you feel good. Choose something inviting that makes you want to be in the room.

  6. Curtains can definitely brighten up a room and pull it all together. Pick patterns and materials that will bring the rest of the room together. Try combining blinds with material that is wrapped and draped over the curtain rod for a simple, yet elegant window treatment. I've seen people take natural elements like long sticks and branches from trees to frame their window. Also, cardboard boxes cut into desired shapes can be covered with material and batting or even wrapping paper for a Christmas theme. The only thing stopping you is your imagination.

  7. Sheets and blankets can be used for so many things, such as a backdrop for pictures or collectibles on a wall, a sofa cover, a bed canopy, a tablecloth, or even curtains. There are so many different patterns and fabrics. It doesn't have to look like a sheet when you get done with it. It can match any decor, theme, or setting.

  8. Use some of the things that your children have created to add a special touch to your home. It will make your children proud to have added their unique creations.

  9. There is no better touch to a home than pictures that have been in the family for centuries or pictures that you have taken recently. Capture special times and proudly display them. Pictures can be displayed on walls, or they can be placed on tables, desks, bookshelves, or anywhere that needs to be filled in with something close to your heart.

There are so many ways to inexpensively decorate your home. You can creatively bring beauty, color, and brightness to your living space. With just a little imagination, you can create a home that you are proud of without spending a lot of money.


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