There are many ways you can save on home décor and decorate your home no matter how tight your budget.  Follow The Budget Decorator’s tried and true tips and have the home of your dreams, on a budget!

Make a plan for each room. Without a home decorating plan, we are much more likely to make impulse purchases. It’s pretty hard for the average person to envision their room when standing in the pillow and throw aisle. Will that pattern go with your couch? Did you forget about the pattern in the curtains? Make a written plan and carry it with you when you make your home décor purchases. Take cell phone photos if it helps you visualize! Or try the Houzz app, where you can create idea books from thousands of photos and rooms!





Tackle the largest areas first. That may sound like spending big money up front, but that’s not necessarily true. If you tackle the larger areas such as the walls and windows, you make a larger impact on the whole room. Paint and fabric can be very affordable. Once you have those large areas finished, it makes it much easier to make choices to co- ordinate the rooms look. Don’t believe me? See the before and after of Cleverly Inspired’s kitchen update, done on a budget!



Learn a cool paint technique. While faux finishes can be overdone, finding a style and technique that coordinates with the style of your room can take it from dull to exciting with very little money. Choose one focal area to concentrate on to prevent overdoing the effect. A focal wall, a piece of key furniture, or perhaps the cabinets in a  kitchen or bath are a great choice. Crackle finishes and antique finishes are easy to master with a little practice. Chalk paint is crazy popular. Stenciling and stamping have never gone out! Try these easy decorative paint techniques by Family Handyman. Or search for more on Pinterest!



Hide and disguise. If that couch or bed is ugly but still in good working order, save yourself hundreds of dollars by hiding and disguising. Paint, fabric slipcovers, or rugs and throws can cover all kinds of décor disasters. Before you run out to replace, think how you can recreate. Learn how to make slipcovers from ‘What the Craft’. Detailed tutorial and great tips!


Find decorating supplies in unusual and inexpensive places. Secondhand stores, thrift stores and garage sales can yield great bargain home décor. Tablecloths and cloth napkins make great window treatments, pretty clothing can be stitched into pillows, and

Check out Ebay, Craigslist and Etsy. Online specialty stores can save you big money on brand name slipcovers, rugs and even antiques! With a little bit of time you can search out the right accessory and save a lot of money in the process.

Create wall décor out of things you already own. Ideas for things to hang?

– Empty frames from yard sales

– Blocks of wood as candle wall sconces

– Print family snapshots in black and white, and hang in black dollar shop frames Try this DIY art from ‘BHG’.


– Garden catalog pages, in frames

– Antique silverware hung as a collection

– Seed packets – from Josie Jones & Co.


– Frame graphic food labels for a kitchen

– Old tools or sports equipment

– Use paint to stencil or freehand inspirational words

– Paint your last name or monogram on an old piece of wood

– Plates

– Frame colorful fabric from your scrap bag

So no matter how tightly you need to hold onto your family budget these days, use these ideas to save on home décor and make your home decorating dreams come to life!

Image Credits: BHG, How to Decorate, Cleverly Inspired, Family Handyman, What the Craft, Josie Jones


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  1. deborah October 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    We’ve had clients who didn’t realize what they had – for example a recent client was ready to toss a pair of chairs that we recommended she recover instead (and omit the skirt for an updated look). They were BAKER, one of the highest quality in the industry. It’s amazing what refurbishing, or recovering, or even painting walls can do to improve a home! Check out before and after photos on this blog:

  2. Kim June 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Hi! I love this post! Thank you for sharing! Do you have the link to the black dollar shop frame DIY project? The link attached doesn’t show how it was done. Greatly appreciate it!

    1. Kathy Bates May 4, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      The idea was simply to use black dollar store frames and to hang them in the same pattern as the photo on the door… hope that helps!


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