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Decorate On A Dime: Ways To Spruce Up Your Space On A Budget

Have you ever looked around your home and wished you could change everything? I know I have. I get bored looking at the same stuff all the time, and I spend way too much time on Pinterest or real estate websites like Homely, drooling over homes that look like they’re built straight out of my dreams. My house could definitely use a home decor overhaul, but unfortunately, I’m not made of money. I can’t go crazy and spend a small fortune knocking down walls, replacing furniture, and swapping my kitchen counters. 

Most of us – myself included – don’t have a tonne of cash to spend on new furniture, fancy paintings or designer drapes for our homes. Guess what? That’s ok! There are plenty of ways to decorate on a budget and freshen up the look and feel of your space without spending a tonne of money.

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My favourite ways decorate on a budget

Hit the thrift stores

Thrift stores are a great way to get gently-used things for a great deal – especially if you’re willing to work for it. If there’s a charity or other thrift store in your area, stop by and see what you can find. If you’re lucky, you can find a local shop that specializes in secondhand home goods and furniture, but even the thrift stores that focus on clothes are likely to carry a surprising selection of stuff for your home. 

You can usually find some knick-knacks, kitchen goods and decorative items in stock, but occasionally, you can find retro furniture and interesting art to add to your house. Don’t forget just how much potential there is in upcycling furniture and giving it a little bit of love! The best part? You won’t spend an arm and a leg on your new stuff.

A friendly reminder on thrifting though. As awesome as it is to see heaps of GREAT things really cheap, remember one of the decluttering tips from the professional organiser, Louise Weavell –  One in, one out. If you buy a new piece of decor, new cushions, a new lamp, whatever it is, there’s a reason you did and you need to get rid of the old one it replaces.

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Get crafty

If you’ve spent any time at all on Pinterest, you’ve seen people totally transform kitchens and coffee tables with a little creativity and their own two hands. You don’t have to go all-in at once, but you should consider crafting something to add a little oomph to your house.

There are literally thousands of tutorials out there, so see what projects catch your eye and make them happen. Spice up your kitchen cupboard or find a fun way to frame a favorite picture, piece of art, or old map. If you consider yourself a little more advanced, stain and hang some wooden shelves or build a produce stand to embrace the farmhouse feel.

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Use what you’ve got 

You can actually make your home feel renewed without spending any money at all, better yet, if you’re trying to take on board minimalist living tips, using what you’ve got is a great way to reduce duplicates and resisting the temptation to shop.

Take a tour of your space and see what you’ve got to work with. Can you swap rugs from different rooms or trade curtains? Is there a bookshelf taking up space in the living room that could be better used in the office? Would you create more space in the living room by mounting the tv to the wall and finding a way to repurpose the stand? Even creating a vignette or two in your home can bring a new feel to a space. You might be surprised by what you can do with what you’ve already got.

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Invest in statement pieces

When you’re redecorating on a budget, you need to be smart with your money. If you can’t find what you need at a second-hand shop, and you aren’t able to find an at-home hack or DIY to make it yourself, don’t be afraid to spend a little cash to get what you need. My advice here, however, is to spend it on the things that count. Set a budget and use it to make the biggest impact you can like a gorgeously upholstered armchair, a decorative mirror or corner lamp.

Pottery Barn Small Spaces Collection

Part of the Pottery Barn Small Spaces Collection. I just love the wall hanging and cushions as statement pieces.


There are a few things you can buy that can change up a room more than others. Bright drapes or patterned rugs can make a huge difference, as long as they fit with the rest of your decor. Artwork, plants, lampshades and tapestries are other easy ways to shake up the look and feel of your space without spending too much money. As tempting as it can be to invest in lots of little things to add to your room, splurging on one or two big items will likely go a little farther when it comes to transforming your home.

Implement some Kmart hacks

Once you’ve invested in some statement pieces, Kmart hacks are the best and most affordable way to add a bit of pizazz. It could be something as simple as adding Kmart marble contact, a vinyl adhesive, to the top of an old table to give it a marble effect or, Kmart home decor like patterned cushions that will add colour and texture to a lovely couch.

Not sure where to look when it comes to statement pieces? I love Pottery Barn, especially their new Small Spaces Collection (as pictured above) and I’ve always been a big fan of Pillow Talk, they’re definitely more than just a bedding store with everything from rugs and wall prints to furniture and table linen.

How do you like to decorate on a budget? 


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