How do i decorate a room with a low budget?

If you’re planning to give one or more rooms in your home a makeover, you don’t have to break the bank to do it. Whether you’re working with a small budget or even no budget, there are plenty of ways to decorate any room without having to spend a lot of cash.

Use Paint to Add Color

Paint can go a long way in adding depth and warmth to a room and it’s also fairly inexpensive if you choose to do the painting yourself, rather than hiring professionals. You may choose to paint an entire room or just a single accent wall or use decorative painting techniques, such as stenciling or glazing. When choosing paint colors, try to keep in mind the overall theme of the room and the fabrics and other accessories you plan to use to create a color scheme that flows.

Update Fixtures or Hardware

If you’re redecorating a bathroom or kitchen, simply switching out the hardware can give a room an instant facelift. You may choose to use new sink fixtures or exchange your outdated cabinet handles and drawer pulls for a more contemporary look. In the dining room or living room, a new light fixture or ceiling fan can provide a simple update without costing a lot of money.

Rearrange Furniture

One of the best ways to redecorate when you’re on a tight budget is to use what you already have. You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by rearranging the existing furniture. For example, you can rearrange a crowded living room to create separate seating areas for entertaining, watching television or just relaxing. In the bedroom, try placing your bed at a different angle or bring in furniture from other rooms to create an eclectic feel.

Learn to Accessorize

Accessories can add instant character to a room but you don’t have to spend a lot to give it a personalized touch. You can use bedsheets and shower hooks to create new floor-to-ceiling curtains, or use a throw rug to add some color. Inexpensive items such as new towels in the bathroom or candles, framed pictures, houseplants and fresh flowers can instantly add life to any room.

Get Organized

Simply decluttering or reorganizing your space can give a room a fresh new look. Purchase inexpensive storage, such as bookcases, baskets for your magazines or closet organizers to streamline your room. While you’re organizing, set aside any unwanted or unused items that are still in condition. You can donate these to charity or even have a yard sale.

Shop Wisely

Visit yard sales, thrift stores or rummage sales and look for items that fit in with your overall decorating scheme. This is a great way to find furniture and accessories that may still be in good condition but aren’t as expensive as they might be new. Also, consider exchanging furniture or accessories with friends or family who are also interested in redecorating but don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Source:

iVillage: The Top 6 Decorate on a Dime Secrets

iVillage: 7 Budget Decorating Do’s

iVillage: Redecorating Projects for Under $500

More Information:

Country Living: Budget Decorating and Room Makeover Ideas

iVillage.com Budget Decorating Resources