Taking your home to next-level design does not have to break the bank. There are a ton of inexpensive home decor tips that make a space feel gorgeous, pleasing, and downright lavish.
When it comes to creating your environment, the decor you choose makes a huge impact on your day-to-day life.
So the goal is to make it look and feel good…without going into debt.
Wanna feel clear, inspired, and confident? Apply a few or all of these inexpensive home decor guidelines to make your home stand out.
#1 Lean into Lighting
Believe it or not, lighting can make a difference in upleveling your home decor.
Honestly, ladies, you can have a jaw-dropping space, but if the lighting is off, the whole thing is off.
Focus on areas where fixtures can offer a design punch.
Whether it’s a boho wood beaded chandelier or a sleek floor lamp, the right fixture can have you see your home in a whole new light.
This 10 Light Black Sputnik Chandelier, for example, is a budget savvy way to add a mid-century modern touch to your space. The design is classic and can work in contemporary, eclectic, and rustic styles.
Go moody vintage by using an Edison filament bulb or opt for a brass finish to add sophistication.
#2 Hang Large Art
Nothing makes a statement like oversized art. Walk into a room that pulls you into a large piece on the wall and bam!…a big impression is made.
Sure, art can be pricey, but there are ways this can be one of the best inexpensive home decor tips, including these…
- Shop one of the many online print shops like Artfully Walls. You can set up the size filter to scroll through the beautifully big options.
- Go for a triptych, or trio of paintings to expansively fill up a wall. This abstract set of Zen Canvas Prints set a chill vibe over a bed or sofa.
- Keep your eye out for an oversized find at a yard sale or local flea market. Sometimes reframing is all it takes to give art new life.
#3 Get Clutter Free
There’s nothing classy about clutter.
In fact, it’s a sure way to make a space look cheap and feel like you’re gonna lose your mind.
If you’re not sure where to start on your decluttering mission, begin by taking inventory of what you no longer use or want.
Make your donation or for-sale piles to remove these things.
In addition, scale back on accessories, books, and decor items that are just taking up space. No need to fill up every surface.
Then, make containers for your friends. Stylish baskets and boxes with lids help keep unsightly messes organized.
Something like these Trademark Innovations Seagrass Baskets offer a storage solution with an organic touch. Functional and easy on the eyes.
#4 Be Intentional with Accessories
When it comes to accessories, making an impact is the trick.
Things like a vintage lamp, colorful vase, a collection of unique coffee table books are examples of inexpensive home decor that go a long way.
Placeholder items that either don’t have personal sentiment or enhance the personality of your home may turn into clutter (see #3).
Believe me, being intentional about your design goes a long way in productivity and overall happiness.
Go for pieces that are conversation starters, that bring a smile to your face, that move you.
Consider items that have a bit more pizazz like an ornately framed mirror like this Baroque Style Mirror to draw the eye over an entry console or fireplace.
#5 Bring in Textures
Adding texture to your home in varied ways invites warmth, interest, and a touch of sexiness. This can come in the form of accent pillows, throws, rugs, or curtains.
Mixing different textures works when you have a color scheme or overall style in mind.
For example, you can round out the pattern of a Turkish kilim rug with a leather pouf and some velvet pillows in a living room scene.
These don’t have to be high-ticket prices either. There are a lot of inexpensive home decor pieces that bring in tactile value.
Faux leather pillows are trending because of their visual appeal and smoothness.
Throw a couple on your sofa and bed and witness an instant upgrade.
#6 Use Metallic Finishes
Metallic finishes here and there add an element of glam to your space. Brass pulls on a dresser or a coffee table with a silver base brings in shine.
To achieve this look without tapping out your bank account, try on a DIY project.
A can of gold Rust-Oleum spray paint is a trusty go-to resource. You can apply this on nearly any surface–metal, plastic, wicker, or wood. Take that white photo frame or old woven basket and give it a couple of shiny coats.
This simple and budget-friendly act shifts your items from “meh” to “wow” in no time.
#7 Give Your Walls Attention
A fresh coat of paint is one of the best known inexpensive home decor tips there is. It creates a clean and almost new home look.
With the enormous amount of color options, paint is also a great way to personalize your space. Neutral tones offer a calming and sophisticated look while deeper shades can bring in depth and drama.
Consider what kind of vibe you want and test out 2-3 samples before settling on a choice.
For a little more creativity and whimsy, think about adding an accent wallpaper.
With peel and stick options, there is no fear of commitment. This Halcyon Baby Blue option by NuWallpaper is a great statement for a powder room or entry.
#8 Roll Out a Rug
An area rug acts as an anchor to a living space. It has the power to transform and pull a design together.
In a single item like this, warmth, texture, pattern, and color are introduced. There is no doubt that a rug adds a luxurious effect to homes.
Luckily, there is a large spectrum of styles, brands, and pricing to choose from. You don’t have to sink a lot of money to arrive at a rug that suits your space.
Take into account high foot traffic areas to ensure selecting one that is durable. Sisal or jute rugs like those above by nuLOOM are great options.
Not only are they high quality, but they also offer a handcrafted appeal.
#9 Display Flowers and Plants
Flowers and plants are inexpensive home decor that easily uplift the feel of a room. Botanicals always elevate a space, so you can’t go wrong.
The best thing is you don’t need a fancy arrangement from a florist. A grocery store bouquet can be separated in a couple of places to spread the organic touch.
You can also invest in a single faux Monstera leaf sitting in a lovely ceramic vase for a simple green touch that lasts year long.
And, plant lovers are welcome to show off their babies in planters that vibe with your interior style. Home Depot often has great affordable finds when it comes to plant varieties and pots.
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Christine Martin is founder and lead designer of The Good Abode. Having created homes for herself and clients around the world, she deeply understands the importance and power of intentional interior design. Our homes are containers of ourselves; they energetically reflect and magnetize our life journeys. Approaching design with intentionality allows for the opportunity to enhance physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Through her online interior design process, Christine individualizes spaces in ways that speak directly to her clients while making comfort, beauty, and abundance key components. Christine lives in San Diego, CA when she is not visiting her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.