Cheap & thrifty home decorating ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you've been living in your house for a long time or have recently moved to a new area, decorating is a simple way of transforming your house into a home. However, it can be extremely expensive. Finding unique and thrifty ways to decorate will not only ensure that you don't break the bank decorating, but also that your decorations are one of a kind and specific to you.

Wreaths and Nature Decor

Don't underestimate the beauty, or the incredibly stylish quality of, nature. Use the beauty of your native surroundings to bring one-of-a-kind decor into your home. This is accomplished in many ways, from a handmade grapevine wreath, to a collection of twigs and berries arranged in a fan and tied with a ribbon. These decorations are classic, timeless and worth far more than it will take you to make them. For a more elegant look, spray paint the wreath or twig arrangement with a metallic paint. To keep things earthy and rustic, allow the wall hangings you fashion out of the twigs or vines to stay their natural colour. Either way, guests who enter your home will notice the singularity of your decorations as well as their seamless connection to the natural world around you.

Stylish Decorating with Leftover Paint

You can always put a fresh coat of paint on your walls to give a particular room a lift. This is the equivalent of a facelift or makeover for your home. If you do the painting yourself, this can be quite inexpensive. The question is, what do you do with all the leftover paint? If you're like most homeowners, you've invested in several different colours for different rooms. Often, there is paint left over from either the original or subsequent paint jobs. Use this resource to your advantage by painting fun borders or prints in smaller, or less public, rooms. Bathrooms and bedrooms are great candidates for this kind of paint experimentation.

From Old Dresses to New Window Treatment

Reduce, reuse, recycle: this mantra has become a fixture in our society. Following this advice with your home decor can save you both time and money. Look at all your old clothes. Chances are, there are some dresses, blouses or bottoms that you no longer wear. Perhaps you've held onto them because you liked the fabric from which they were made. While this is understandable, they certainly aren't bringing you any joy sitting in the back of a closet. Use these fabrics to embellish or make window treatments for your house. This is inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Even if you are not a seamstress, bring your old material to a tailor. Providing the right material for the product you would like to make is half the battle.

Thrift Store Finds

Don't be afraid or too proud to scout unusual places for interior decorating gems. From thrift stores to flea markets, buying used is one of the most economical ways to furnish your home with pleasing embellishments. In addition to being easy on your wallet, used goods are easy on the environment--you're essentially recycling goods that might otherwise collect dust in a corner somewhere, or worse, populate a landfill. You can find accent pieces like funky and stylish lamps or mirrors to bring a bit of retro style into a room, or you can refinish old furniture with new paint. Your rags-to-riches decor will both ensure that you have a unique interior decorating style and that you are environmentally conscious.

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Jocelyn Right has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work includes promotional material for a small business and articles published on eHow. She enjoys writing about issues in education, the arts, nature, health, gardening and small-business operations. Right holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology and a Master of Arts in education.