I don’t like to spend a lot of money decorating. I have a hard time buying a painting for $400, when that’s my grocery shopping budget for the month. At the same time, I want my house to look nice. So what is a frugal woman to do? I’m no decorating expert, but I’ve learned a few things over the years. You don’t have to have a lot of money to spruce up your home. There are a few quick and inexpensive fixes you can make to your decor to give it the homey feel you’re going for.
I love using photographs to decorate my walls! I generally looks for codes for free or cheap prints from Shutterfly, Snapfish, Winkflash, or anywhere else I can find a great deal. I pick up some inexpensive frames at the thrift store or Walmart, and then I set about decorating my wall.
To make sure your photoscape looks great on the wall, lay all your pictures out on a piece of butcher paper, and move them around until you get a collage that you like. Then trace all the pictures. Hang the butcher paper on the wall, and use that as a template for hanging your photos.
For the best effect, I like to use a combination of professional photos and snapshots. Get creative!
Sometimes a splash of color is all it takes to update a room. If your rooms are painted neutral colors, perhaps you could add one accent wall. Pick a bold color. Something that makes a statement. And then paint one wall that color.
Add a couple of throw pillows in that color, and you’ve completely changed the look of your room.
There are two ways to go about doing this. The first is to use items that have been passed down from generation to generation. These items are free! And though they may look dated, the afghan that your grandmother knitted back in the ’60s will add history to your room. I display the unity candle used at our wedding on the bookshelf in our bedroom. It’s a very plain candle, but it brings back special memories.
Another thing you can do is use Craigslist, thrift stores, and flea markets to find unique decorating pieces for your home. The things you buy may not be perfectly matched or brand new, but they will give your home an eclectic look at little cost to you.
However you decide to decorate your home, it’s always great to be on the lookout for inspiration. I love to read blogs on home decor! Here are my faves:
Do you have any frugal home decorating tips? I’d love to hear them!
Photo by Travis Isaacs.
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