Decorating on a budget doesn’t mean that your home will be less comfortable or attractive than one with lots of show pieces.  It just means that you’ll have to “roll up your sleeves” to complete certain tasks and be a bit more creative in your decorating approach.

Here are some ideas that can help you add comfort and beauty to any space without breaking the bank!

Paint Those Walls – Without a doubt, painting a room is one of your best and most versatile design tools. Warm colors (red, yellow, and orange) make a room cheery and energetic.  Cool colors (blue, green, and violet) convey a cozy, more laid back feel.

Lower The Lights – One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to only use one type of lighting in a room. In doing so the choice is usually “general” lighting which illuminates the whole room. It’s okay to have general lighting available, but only use it when necessary. The good news is that there are plenty of inexpensive lighting solutions if you’re decorating on a budget.

Hang Prints Or Mirrors – Prints and other artwork add character to your home. Just viewing a piece that you enjoy can brighten your day. Mirrors are popular because they serve two purposes. First they come in many decorative frames to suit any decorating style. Second, they can make a room appear larger. When you hang a mirror, try to position it so that it reflects an attractive view, such a garden or a dramatic architectural element.

Decorate With Plants – The natural beauty of plants will enliven any room. Check with florists, nurseries, and lawn and garden shops. Also, check our local craft shop for inexpensive and low maintenance silk plants.

Display Keepsakes In Groups – Perhaps you have collectibles or keepsakes that are similar perhaps in color, theme, or material (e.g., porcelain). If so, don’t sprinkle them around the room. Instead, display them in groups of three’s or five’s. This captivates the eye and adds drama to a room.

Try The Unexpected – When you’re decorating on a budget, you have to stretch your creativity. Just about any object can be used for a purpose other than for which it was originally intended.  For example, if your glass coffee table has became outdated.  Instead of replacing it entirely, keep the glass top and placed two large, earthy pots beneath it. The effect is surprising, wonderful, and unique. Maybe that incomplete set of three colorful, rustic dinner plates you saw might have added texture and color to your walls if they were displayed together.