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Get the most out of your decorating budget with these tips


Since almost everyone is connected to the internet these days, interior decorating has never been easier. There are thousands upon thousands of websites displaying various designs, themes and ideas, not to mention popular apps like Pinterest, and creatives using Instagram to display their skills and ideas. There are also many websites dedicated to helping people decorate by selling products at inexpensive prices.

Even though there are so many tools at the disposal to those wanting to decorate, it can still be pretty expensive, and with so much choice and variety, you might not know where to start. The good news is that there are some cheaper alternatives to decorating that won’t require you to have an enormous budget, so take a look at these tips to get the most out of your decorating budget.

Hang up some posters

One decorative item that is sometimes overlooked, but is usually very inexpensive, is using posters. The great thing about posters is that they come in various shapes and sizes, so if you are looking to cover a large portion of your wall with one you can, ArtFrill.com offers posters up to 70×100 with a huge range of designs available. If you would rather prefer to use smaller ones to scatter over a larger area, there are posters for that purpose too, you might have seen these “tile” posters being advertised on facebook, these are quite popular now.

If you have always wanted a painting but could never afford it, there are posters that are essentially paintings too. In addition to this, they are easy to put up, won’t damage the wall, and are as easy to remove too.

Use what you’ve got

Maybe you have your eye on a piece of wall art, or a new sofa, and it’s quite pricey so you don’t want to spend too much on other things. A simple way to accomplish this is to use what you’ve got. What better way is there to decorate the living room, a place where you spend a lot of time with your family, than to frame and hang photographs of them that are probably gathering dust in a photo album? You could also move the furniture around to create more space, or get rid of the things you don’t need.

Do it yourself

Maybe after taking a look around, you have seen a few pieces of furniture that you realized you don’t need. Instead of getting rid of all of it, refurbish some of them as decorations. One relatively simple project would be to take a small cupboard that usually stores crockery, remove the doors and shelves, repaint it, add a fake plant inside and then cover the front of it with thin wire mesh. You could also take an old cushion and place it in a basket next to the sofa. Decorating can really be that inexpensive.

Add small decorations

Sometimes bigger is not better, and such is the case with decorations. If you have a small room, as some living rooms tend to be, adding big decorative items will make it seem a lot smaller. One way to combat this issue, and to add a great new decoration, is to hang up a mirror on the wall above the main sofa. Not only will this make the room feel bigger, it will certainly add to the depth and change the mood entirely.

If you would prefer to go much smaller than that, then adding small plants or flowerpots or brazilian rain tree bonsai, mini sculptures, bowls of fruit or even painted glass bottles will make a huge difference to the aesthetic. If you’d like to add a decorative item and change the lighting, then you could also consider getting a standing lamp to light up one of those dark corners.

Liven up the colors

Perhaps you already have everything you want in terms of decorative items, but the room still doesn’t feel complete; you could consider livening up the colors. One option is to go for a new color entirely, although that could be pricey, but worth it. Another option is changing the finish by using something like a striped or color-washed style.

If you’d like to just let your hair down, you could also go for a contrasting color and simple use a paintbrush to splash the color sparsely over the wall or you can use indoor plant hangers of different colour to give a bright texture, which will most certainly make the room feel more alive and full of personality; a room to really relax with your family in.

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, a distinguished interior designer with a Bachelor’s in Design and Environmental Analysis, has been transforming spaces with his unique aesthetics for over two decades. His professional journey includes working with top design firms before venturing into freelance design consulting. His expertise was cultivated through years of working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He joined our editorial team and offers readers a blend of contemporary style and practical decorating solutions. He is also an ardent traveler, drawing inspiration from different cultures to enrich his design philosophy.

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