Home interior is everything. Whether giving your home interior a makeover or designing it for the first time, it’s a chance to express your personal style. You don’t have to be a professional interior designer to know what looks good in a powder room.
You want your living spaces to look great. However, when striving that wow factor, have some fun.. If you like your living spaces, then what else matters? Either way, we’re here to help you get started on designing your home on a budget.
When people think of interior design, they think of a large amount of money being set on fire or flushed down a toilet. Well, you should know that’s a stereotype. It’s time you discovered the fun of DIY interior design.
You should know that you’ve come to the right place. This is what we do. Sit back and let us show you a few affordable interior design ideas that will make your living spaces shine without breaking the bank.
How To Decorate Your Home On A Budget
Here are 25 interior design ideas that are cheap and easy to create for your living space.
If you want to add character to your wall space, plates are a fun alternative to framed art. They can be found in antique shops and collected over time. To hang them on the wall, use sleek hangers that adhere to the back of the plates and remain out of view. If you wanted to get crazy, hand a few plates on a ceiling.
The goal is to create a wow factor while expressing personal style. A patterned canvas wall display is simple. You can use a cardboard template or, if you prefer something a little more artistic, you can freehand something. Let your talent speak for you.
The canvas can then be used as an original decoration for spaces like a home office, dining room, bedroom, or any spaces that you think might benefit from it.
The best way to add spark to your home’s interior is to create art. Tap in to those creative juices you once had when you were in high school. This way you will make the room feel more personal and intimate and you’ll add something that represents your personal style.
Painting and displaying the result on a wall is not the only way you can contribute to your home’s décor. You can be crafty in many different ways.
For example, take a piece of wallpaper and frame it. When your friends ask about the art, tell them a famous artists gave it to you. Who knows, maybe someone would want to buy it from you?
If your personal style is akin to nature, then look outside and see what you can find. Add freshness into your home and to bring a piece of nature inside, you could natural solutions. For example, you can recycle wood to make a charming storage piece for your mudroom or drawing room.
Not all bedrooms have the space necessary for a headboard. But even if they do, headboards can be quite expensive. But with them, it’s not only about comfort as it is about style and the effect they create in the room. So you can recreate that effect using other methods. For example, you can paint a fake headboard silhouette on the wall.
Display Knick Knacks
Sometimes a great way to save some money is to use what you already have. So you can spice up your interior décor by displaying things you have collected over the years. It can be anything from stamps to old coins and books. It’s a great way of including something personal into the décor of a room.
If you have a small home it’s not all bad. It cozier than most large spaces and there are plenty of things you can do to create the impression of a larger space, such as using mirrors.
Mirrors are also inexpensive décor solutions and their versatility allows them to be used in any room of the house and in almost any space.
Another way of personalizing a space is to use framed photos. For example, you can create a family gallery by displaying pictures of everyone in the family on a wall in the living room.
You can also use the same idea for the dining room or for your office in order to make it feel more inviting and cozy.
We already said this but we want to insist on the fact that mirrors are extremely versatile. They also come in a variety of shapes, styles, and designs and they can be used to create artistic effects, not only to enlarge a space. A beautiful frame can turn a simple mirror into a wonderful display piece.
Patterns in general are a way of creating focal points in a room. They are usually used for accent pieces but they can also be mixed and used extensively in a décor.
For example, this bedroom features a multitude of patterns and colors and, even though they’re very different, they interact beautifully.
Sometimes you feel the need to change something about a room’s interior décor. You need to add something fresh and new. But instead of buying new furniture you can repurpose it and get the same feeling of new and unexpected. Don’t be afraid to experiment and to be original.
Color is a simple way of making something pop. So if you want to change the atmosphere in your home and to make it more dynamic and vibrant, choose bold colors. Combine them and come up with new ideas, mix different shades and use different patterns and textures to make them stand out.
New furniture is always a great way to decorate a room, but it can get expensive and fast. Instead, you can repaint the furniture you already have with a new color or design to give it a fresh look.
Paint is inexpensive, and the best part is, this method can be used on almost all furniture types from wood to plastic and even metal.
Check out this example in Fox and Hazel in which a tired patio set is transformed by a simple coat of paint and a few painted on designs.
Unique Storage Solutions
Sometimes a room can feel undecorated because it is cluttered and unorganized. And you’ll be surprised by how much some simple organization can transform the feel of a room.
This specific house décor idea by The DIY Playbook uses repurposed crates to create open shelves, but you can use any sort of material you desire. Consider painting old metal buckets and gluing them to a wooden board for a circular storage solution, or divide square crates with a diagonal board for a cute triangular shoe holder!
Jars And Canisters
This next home décor idea is adorable if you have a large collection of glass jars on the top of your counter or open shelving in your kitchen. Besides adding flair, labeling is also a great way to stay organized and keep you from having to guess what may be in a specific container.
This example featured on Classy Clutter uses labels that were purchased online from a store, but you can also create your own jar and bin labels using your computer, printer, and sheets of sticker paper.
Furniture On Wheels
Don’t underestimate the effect wheels can have on your furniture. You can add wheels to a shelf in your kitchen to create a kitchen cart. This would the best way to store pantry items and coffee supplies. You could use it as a moveable island and push it to the side when you wanted to display your kitchen.
You could also add wheels to a pallet bed like this example featured on Palletlist to make an easy to move guest bed that can be rolled into a kid’s room when friends visit. Additionally, wheels can be added to your kid’s toy box, allowing them to take it wherever they wanted and then clean up and relocate to another when you have guests.
Replacing a large installation like a sink can be expensive. You could change the look of your kitchen or bathroom just by swapping out the faucet.
If you wanted a rustic farmhouse look for your bathroom, pick up an industrial-looking copper faucet like this by Herbeau, or you can use this opportunity to update your kitchen by installing a smart faucet on your kitchen tap.
Even just purchasing a newer, shiner version of the tap you already have can really spruce up a room without breaking your budget so don’t be afraid to give it a try.
Glass jars, bottles, and containers can be made into beautiful, but inexpensive, home decorations for your wall space or flat surfaces. Grab some tinted glass jars and hang them in a wire basket for this mason jar chandelier look as featured in Redhead Can Decorate, or fill larger glass jars with Christmas ball ornaments for some colorful holiday decorations.
Paint jars in different colors, or make dioramas in them with sand and shells.
Plants are one of the easiest home décor ideas and also a nice way to showcase your personal style. All you need to do is pick the perfect plant for your home at your local garden store. If the price of a certain plant is a bit intimidating, you could always select the silk version or grow the plant yourself from seeds—which are usually inexpensive.
Keep it simple with one large plant to accent your living room like in this example by Home Do. Or, another option would be to create a small line of plants on a window sill or table for a cute garden vibe.
Throughout history, trays were a major focal point of parlors and sitting rooms around the world. Today, a DIY tray can be an inexpensive design to accent a room. Create this DIY farmhouse tray by Sarah Joy Blog for your living room, or use the same base idea but add coffee supplies to create a coffee and tea tray for your kitchen counter.
You can also use this idea to craft a cute bedroom tray for your dresser top or nightstand in your bedroom.
Couches and beds can quickly be decorated by adding a few throw pillows. Not only will they change the entire look of your furniture, but they can be used to draw a room together. Throw pillows are versatile and can be used as home décor both in obvious locations, as well as on benches, window sills, and kitchen chairs.
And if you find that throw pillows aren’t in your budget, you can also make ones like these outlined in Kris Krafting.
Unless you’ve spent money on a special designer lamp, it’s likely the lamp shades in your house are solid colored and plain. Try decorating them, or swapping them out with a decorative lamp shades, to give the room a new twist.
You can make this paper lace lampshade outlined in 100 Directions, or even just glue some cute jewels around the rim of a solid white shade for flair.
A table runner is a useful home décor idea that can be easy to swap out as the seasons, and your tastes, change. Table runners are cheap, but there is also a chance you won’t find the exact runner to match your décor. If that’s the case, you can make your own following these simple instructions for a no-sew table runner in Homey Oh My.
Did you know that they make light bulbs that will change color just with the press of a button? They also have light bulbs which can be dimmed or brightened with an app on your cell phone. Change the entire décor of a room by buying unique bulbs for your lamps and adjusting them to suit the room.
You can also take it a step further and buy colored light strips to backlight features of your home like they did for this plant corner in Steal The Look.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ
What Does An Interior Decorator Do?
With a title like “interior decorator,” it should be obvious what they do, but we’ll tell you anyway. An interior decorator chooses interior decor for your home. After you purchase the items they recommend, the next step is putting everything into place. And just as it is with everything else in life, you get what you pay for. The best interior decorators charge more than the worst decorators.
What Is An Interior Decorator Called?
Many people use “interior designer” and “interior decorator” interchangeably, but the two professions are very different. Interior design is about understanding behaviors to help property owners create indoor spaces.
How Much Does It Cost To Decorate A Room?
Most interior designers charge for their time by the hour, anywhere from $50 to $500 depending on their experience. On average you can expect to pay $100 to $200 per hour, typically totaling around $5,200 in design fees, not including the cost of furniture.
What Makes A House Look Tacky?
Bright, white lighting is a great way to destroy the ambiance of your home’s interior. If you want a bingo parlor look, that is your prerogative, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
What Is The Golden Ratio In Interior Design?
The golden ratio of 1:1.618. For those who aren’t aware, the 10-30-60 Rule mandates that a well-designed space should consist of three colors. First, a dominant color, which should cover 60 percent of the space and is used in areas including walls and flooring.
Home Interior Conclusion
Now that you have a few ideas, you should feel confident with your DIY interior design skills. The best way to become good at something is to do it every day. If you did a great job decorating your home, then people might hire you to decorate their living spaces.
Whatever you do, emphasize your personal style. The best way to do that is to follow your instincts. When you’re done, let us know how it went and send a few photos.