In the mood to change up the decor in your home, but low on cash? Never fear! Here are some great tips for interior design on a budget! 

If you’re not careful, you can end up spending thousands of dollars on extravagant home renovation projects. And that’s fine if you can afford it, but many of us have to balance our love of DIY and home renovation with a set budget. The good news is that with some clever sourcing and careful planning, you can refresh any space in your home on a shoestring budget!

Finding Free or Cheap Materials

One of the key ways to make sure you can renovate your home on a shoestring budget is to find any materials you need at low or no cost. For most projects, you can do the labor on your own or with the help of a handy friend, but gathering what you need to do the job right can be expensive.

The best place to start is by asking your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors if they have any spare materials you could have, buy or borrow. As you’ll see below, sometimes all you need for a facelift is new fabric for pillow covers or curtains, new hardware for drawers or cabinets, a new lamp or a fresh coat of paint. You probably know someone who has a stash of fabric, cabinet hardware, paint and even old furniture lying around. Friends are often happy to give you these things for free or at a significantly reduced price, making for some awesome cheap home decor, but don’t forget to return the favor as soon as you can.

Garage sales are another great place to look for things you could use in a budget decorating project. You might find a quirky sofa that will give character to your living room, or you might find a stack of ceramic tiles that would look perfect in your bathroom. Sometimes you can even find rolls of new carpet, full paint cans, wood and power tools for sale. For smaller items like curtain rods or cabinet fixtures, you can also peruse online sites like eBay to find used cheap decor materials for great prices.

Look for builder’s overstock stores in your area. Somewhat like a Goodwill store for home renovators, these are perfect places to find larger items at great prices. You can find doors, appliances, sinks, cabinets and more. Not only will you spend less than you would at a traditional retailer, you’ll also find items that are truly one-of-a-kind. Talk about a great way to find cool items while decorating on a budget!

Finally, know who to ask or where to go in order to rent or borrow power tools and other specialized equipment. There’s no need to go buy a brand-new table saw if you’re sure you’re only going to use it once every five years. Most hardware stores will let you rent tools, but you can also ask your friends, family and neighbors. Just be sure to take good care of the tools and to return them promptly so that folks don’t regret doing you a favor.

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Now that you know where to find what you need, here are some ideas to help you plan your home’s facelift!


Kitchens seem to offer the greatest opportunities for major renovations. There are so many elements to customize, from the appliances and countertops to the cabinets and the floor. But which of these will make the biggest difference and make your kitchen truly feel like it has gotten a facelift? Try these kitchen decorating ideas:

  • Replace the hardware on your cabinets and pantry doors.
  • ​Replace your faucet.
  • ​Change the lighting fixtures and add more light sources.
  • ​Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls, cabinets and baseboards.
  • ​Add a decorative backsplash.
  • ​Change the color of your countertops and appliances without actually buying new ones.


Interior Design on a Budget Jeffrey Allen Marks Simple White Bathroom with Blue Ceiling

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In most rooms, you can quickly give a room a makeover by simply moving around the furniture every once in a while. Unfortunately, your sink, toilet and bathtub or shower are all stuck in the same place, so it’s a little more difficult to give a bathroom a new look without spending any money. Still, here are some bathroom decorating ideas you can try:

  • Refinish the surface of your bathtub, toilet and sink; this is a great opportunity to add a splash of color or to simply brighten the surfaces.
  • ​Replace the hardware on the cabinet doors.
  • ​Replace the faucet, shower head and bath fixtures.
  • ​Install new toilet paper rolls, towel holders, soap dishes and other accessories.
  • ​Change the light fixtures.
  • ​Replace the doors on your shower, if applicable.

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Living Room

Interior Design on a Budget Lime Green and Turquoise Blue Living Room with Wrap Around Curtains


Living rooms have a lot of little decorative elements that you can play around with. You can paint not only the walls, but bookshelves and entertainment centers as well. You can add new artwork or decorations on a seasonal basis to keep things looking fresh and festive. If you’re looking for the easiest home decorating ideas to upgrade your space, the living room is the place to find them. Check out some of these easy living room decorating ideas you can do yourself:

  • Add a new rug, or design your own with carpet tiles.
  • ​Add new curtains and a new curtain rod.
  • ​Change the hardware on windows and doors.
  • ​Make a dim corner more attractive by adding a lamp.
  • Paint the window and door casings, baseboards and crown molding, if not the walls themselves.
  • ​Buy or create pillow covers so that you can periodically change the look of the pillows without having to buy new ones.
  • ​Pull the furniture away from the wall to make the room feel more intimate.
  • ​Use paint to change the look of the fireplace without changing the materials.
  • Put a mirror on the wall across from the windows to increase the natural light in the room.
  • Replace lamp shades.


Interior Design on a Budget Coral and Grey Bedroom with Wingback Button Tufted Bed Frame Headboard

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The bed is the focal point of the bedroom, and rightly so. By focusing your attention on changing the look of the bed, you can change how the room feels as a whole. Changing up how the bedroom looks is another way to spruce up your home decor on a budget. These bedroom decor ideas here will help you do just that:

  • Replace hardware on windows, closets and doors.
  • ​Add new curtains or blinds.
  • ​Buy a new bedspread and bed skirt.
  • ​Put accent pillows on the bed.
  • ​Replace the headboard.
  • Try placing the bed against a different wall.
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Interior Design on a Budget Outdoor Patio with Dark Wood Deck Stain


Patio furniture can quickly fade in the sun or rust after harsh weather. Some people would rather throw out their worn outdoor furniture rather than repair it or care for it, so you should have no problem finding tables and chairs at yard sales that need just a bit of TLC to look as good as new.

  • Use a power washer to make the patio or deck look brand new.
  • ​Apply a fresh coat of stain and sealant to a wooden deck.
  • ​Replace the fabric on outdoor furniture.
  • ​Spray paint metal or plastic furniture that is rusting or peeling.
  • ​Add decorative potted plants, statues or outdoor rugs to frame the space.

Tips for the Entire House

Interior Design on a Budget Minimalist Living Room and Kitchen Decor with Natural Lighting

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Pay attention to the amount of light each room in your home receives. A new light fixture in your den, for example, could make the room more comfortable by giving off more light and providing softer or brighter light. In your dining room, a decorative light fixture brings a touch of class to the room.

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to a room. If you can’t paint the entire wall, try to just paint the baseboards, chair rails, crown molding or door and window casings. At the very least, wash your walls; you’ll be surprised at just how much dust and dirt collects on them. The result can be dramatic, and is one of the easiest and most effective home decor ideas on a budget. Add a little color to your space, and the whole atmosphere of the room changes.

Designing the interior of your home can seem like an expensive task to undertake. However, with these great tips, you can upgrade any room in your home and not break the bank!

Posted by FurnishMyWay, LLC on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Anything that is fabric can be replaced with a new design. Your dining room chairs, office chair, throw pillows, bed spreads, bed skirts, outdoor bench cushions, curtains, ottomans and even entire couches can get a makeover by just replacing the fabric or adding a cover.

When you really need a change of scenery but are flat broke, try rearranging your furniture and wall decorations. Turn your living room into your dining room and vice versa. You’ll appreciate the fresh look of your home every time you walk into a new room.

So what do you guys think? Are you ready to tackle interior design on a budget? Let me know what your favorite tip was, and of any others you can think of that would be helpful! Don’t forget to share this post with all your friends and family! Thanks for reading!

**This is a guest post by Cathy Habas. The featured image is via Maureen Didde on Flickr.**