Cheap and Free Ways to Decorate Your Home

Redecorating your home can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you’re on a tight budget. We’d all like to have rooms that are worthy of a magazine layout. But, unlike professional interior decorators we don’t have tons of accessories and money at our disposal. Most of us also haven’t got a degree in the art of decorating.

There are some simple designer tips that you can follow to give your home a more professionally decorated look. And, these tips don’t even require a large decorating budget! With these simple decorating steps you can use many items that you already have.

Most people always hang family pictures and art work too high. They will look much better is they’re hung at eye level. You’re eye level might be too high or too low depending on your height. Designers recommend that art work and photos be hung at the height of an average person. Pictures are much easier to view at this level and they also blend in with your furnishings better.

Every room should have a focal point! A focal point can be anything that you want to use to attract attention. It could be a painting, a family portrait, a fireplace or a piece of furniture. Once you’ve chosen a focal point, decorate with accessories that will accentuate it.

Balancing out all of your accessories can also make your room look much more stylish. Instead of having groups of items in even numbers, go for groupings of odd numbers of accessories. For instance, if you have a set of vases, group three or five together instead of four or six. Most sets of anything come in an even number of pieces, but if you only use part of the set it will make a big difference in the look.

Wallpaper can change the entire look of a room, but it can be fairly expensive. If you’re on a low budget, consider using a wallpaper border instead. There’s so many beautiful borders to choose from that you can find one to match any decor. And, they’re pretty inexpensive. You’ll be amazed at how much the look of the room will change by just adding a simple border.

You can never go wrong by decorating with neutral colors. Using neutral colors will allow you to use an almost unlimited number of other colors as a contrast. It’s also a great idea if you have to relocate a lot for your job or other reasons. Since, neutral colors will match almost any decor, you won’t have to start your decor from scratch every time you move.

Another really big expense in decorating is curtains and drapery. If you have any experience at all with sewing, you can easily make curtains from sets of sheets. If you don’t feel confident enough in your sewing abilities to make actual curtains, cut the sheets in strips, use the iron in hemming tape and drape them over your curtain rods.

Sheets are also great to use for recovering throw pillows. If there’s not a huge difference in price, opt for a set of king sized sheets so that you’ll have plenty of material. Make your curtains, cover your pillows and then use any leftover material to make some small table cloths or runners for your coffee table and end tables.

If you love the look of dried flowers but hate the prices, collect flowers dried by mother nature! Some of the prettiest flower arrangements I’ve had have been dried flowers, bulbs and other items I’ve collected on a fall hike.

If you live in an area where you have access to a field or wooded hillside, you can find all kinds of beautiful dried plants in the fall. I’ve never treated mine with anything, but if you want you can either buy a spray sealant or even use hair spray to help keep them from falling apart.