Decorating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can have a stylish home while working on a budget. But what if your budget is zero? Don’t let that stop you. You can still freshen things up and give your rooms a new look with some thrifty decorating. Here are 10 no-cost decorating ideas to spark your imagination.
Thrifty Decorating: No-Cost Ideas
1 Rearrange the furniture. This will instantly change the look of any room. See if you can take pieces from one room and switch them out in another. Small side tables and accent furniture are pretty easy to move. If you normally have your furniture against the wall, bring it out toward the center. If everything is lined up straight, try turning things on the diagonal. All this will cost is a little time and maybe you’ll burn a few calories.
2 Clear out the clutter. Remove any unnecessary furniture and scale down the number of accessories. This is a great no-cost way to give a room a face-lift.
3 Give the house a deep cleaning. You’d be surprised at what a difference this can make. Wash the windows to let the sunshine in and brighten things up. Clean window treatments, rugs and upholstery. All will make a big difference and the house will smell wonderful.
4 Touch-up the paint. Never underestimate the power of paint, even if it’s just touching things up. Making moldings and doors fresh again will go a long way towards invigorating the look of a room. Don’t forget the walls, too.
5 Organize a closet or drawer. It’s not decorating, but organizing will make such a difference in a room. Not only will you have a sense of accomplishment when you’re done, but having organized closets and drawers makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.
6 Display fresh fruit in a bowl, basket, or glass jar. This is a no-fuss way to bring in a pop of color. Choose fruits long-lasting, seasonal fruits that your family enjoys.
7 Change out your area rugs. Switching out the area rugs from one room to another will change the look of two rooms at once. You could also remove the rug from one room and place it in a room that didn’t previously have a rug.
8 Arrange your books by color. Lining your books up by color rather than subject will provide new visual interest in the room. Plus, in the process you may discover some favorite books that you’d forgotten about.
9 Switch out your accessories. “Shopping” your house can be fun. Move accessories, including artwork, around to different rooms or just rearrange your shelves. Both will have a big impact on a room.
10 Remove upper cabinet doors. This will visually expand the size of your kitchen and completely change the look. Artfully arrange your dishes for display and easy access. For added interest, paint the back of the cabinet in an accent color or line with decorative wallpaper. The last two aren’t exactly free unless you have extra paint or wallpaper on hand, but I still wanted to include tips.
You don’t have to break the bank to decorate your home. And sometimes you don’t even need to spend a dime. Which one of these no-cost decorating tips do you think you’ll try first?