Thrifty Decorating: 10 No-Cost Decorating Ideas

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Peggy
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    • 2

      Peggy Pardo says

      Thanks, Sandra! I love doing that, too. And you don’t have to display everything. I set some things aside to switch out later. Then they seem “new” to me! 🙂

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    says

    Hummmm….I might give 5, 6, 7 and 9 a go.

    Rearranging furniture has never been my string suit. I used to have a roommate that would change things every couple of months and I envied her vision. Right now, I’m in my living room and frankly,there’s absolutely no other way to arrange the furniture and still have a functional room. Ditto for our bedroom and dining room, but you’re right. If it can be done, it’s a great way to freshen up the house and keep things from becoming boring.

    As for cleaning, well, I got peeps for that, and I almost never have clutter.

    Hope all is well Peggy!

    • 4

      Peggy Pardo says

      Thank you for stopping by, Doreen. You’re right, some rooms have limited options for furniture arrangement. That’s when you bring in some of the other ideas. 🙂

    • 6

      Peggy Pardo says

      And it’s an easy weekend project, Seana! You can have a whole new look in very little time without spending a penny! 🙂

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    Melanie says

    How is that simply organizing a drawer seems to make the room look and feel so different? I know that no one but me will know that it was done, but it makes me feel like the room was improved! Love to rearrange things in my home, it is my favorite no cost decorating trick!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      I know what you mean, Mel. I feel the same way. When I’m done, I love to “show-off” what I’ve done. My husband appreciates it, but not nearly as much as I do. 😉

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    says

    I use a number of these with my clients and achieve fabulous results. I call it shopping in the garage I love the fresh fruit in jars. What an inviting arrangement, not to mention that fresh aroma of citrus.

    I love your blog!

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      says

      Thank you very much, Alys; so glad you’re enjoying the blog. As you know, decorating doesn’t have to be expensive to be fabulous. You can usually find something around the house that does the trick. I love that you call it “shopping in the garage”. 🙂