7 Ways to Save Money When Decorating Your Home

A forest in my living room!

One of the toughest decisions to make when you look at decorating your home is settling on a cost – and sticking to it! Budgets are hard at the best of times and although you don’t want to scrape the barrel with cheap decorating, you also don’t want to break the bank, overspend and end up in debt.

If you want to transform your home and wow visitors without your bank balance taking a massive hit then you might benefit from some inexpensive home decoration tips. Here are seven to get you started.

7 Affordable Home Decorating Tips

  1. Stick to the most-used rooms. To get the most bang for your buck you should aim to redecorate the rooms you are most likely to spend time in. This could be the living room, bathroom or kitchen but if you’re on a budget you might want to leave the second bedroom, the conservatory or the loft for a later project. It makes sense to prioritise in this way to make sure you feel the benefit of the redecorating.
  2. Change colour. You don’t always need to completely revamp the room and undertake expensive decorating. Sometimes, a new lick of paint in a different colour scheme can be just enough to completely transform a room and make it look totally different. One tip you could use is to make one wall a “feature” and paint it in a bold, bright colour like orange so that it stands out against your eggshell white or whatever more plain colour you choose for the remaining walls.
  3. Go for affordable accessories. There are plenty of really affordable and inexpensive accessories you can use to create a new look for your room. You don’t need a diamond-encrusted fireplace to add personality to the room. Accessories like mirrors, throw pillows, picture frames and lamps are inexpensive and at character to a room without putting a dent in your pocket.
  4. Change little things. You don’t have to refurnish or fit completely new carpets if you have a tight budget. You can renew the feel of your home by updating little details like light and plug fixtures, skirting boards etc. Renting a carpet cleaner or buying a large rug can avoid the expense of laying new carpets.
  5. Use plants. Indoor plants can provide texture and visual appeal for very minimal cost and the smells can make a room very distinctive. You could also layer or group them for added effect and if your budget changes later you can replace them with real furniture – although you might not want to lose your plants!
  6. Divide your room. Another great way to change the look of a room and make it unique is to use screens or room dividers to split the area. They are cheap, very stylish and really set the tone of the room. If the natural light is good enough you can combine them with indoor plants to soften hard edges and aid the screening effect.

There are dozens of ways to improvise on your home decor and you can build stunning looking rooms without having to spend a fortune. Part of the fun and challenge is to get the most beautiful effect with relatively inexpensive items.

If you have saved money and built some unique looking rooms with a relatively small budget and want to share your tips then please leave us a comment below and tell us how you did it!

Ian Nuttall is the online editor of DebtHelpScotland, offering free finance and debt advice. He enjoys helping other people, investing in new business ideas and finding new ways to decorate rooms with inexpensive items.