Cheap decorating tricks are a good way to transform your home with little money.

You all know I’m a big proponent of using what you have. I also say it’s a good idea to live green when you can, and not take up a giant footprint on the earth.

I found these ideas on the Better Homes & Garden website, one of my favorite go-to places for budget-friendly decorating. As well as Apartment Therapy.

Wallpapering Bookshelves:

If your bookshelf looks a bit dull, you might look to wallpaper for depth and interest.

Shop Floral Wallpaper

Try wallpapering the backs of cabinets or shelves. This will utterly transform your space and give it a more personalized look.

Changing Up The Look Of Pillows:

Colorful couch throw pillows with vintage seed signage on one pillow

You can totally change the looks of throw pillows with a new pillow cover. I’ve bought them and I’ve sewn them.

Shop Vintage Style Pillow Cover

A room takes on a whole new look when you change out pillow covers.

Corralling Clutter With Trays:

Red lamp with white shade on a shelf against a blue wall

Corral small things into a tray for an uncluttered look. It’s easier to find things this way. Plus you’re less likely to lose something like a remote.

Shop Ceramic Red Lamp Base

The look is both elegant and tidy.

Cheap Wall Decor:

Colorful cottage style living room with couch and chair

You don’t need fancy art to bring your walls to life.

Shop Modern Coffee Table

You could print out old family photos, cut them in a circle shape, and tape them to the center of plates for a unique look.

Storage Jar Tags:

Clear glass canisters for sugar and flower in your kitchen

If you have room, you might put your laundry detergent in clear vintage-style glass jars.

Shop Glass Storage Jars For Kitchen

Add a pretty teacup or spoon inside to use for measuring.

Switching Shower Curtains:

Light green storage cupboard in bathroom

A way to make your bathroom take on new life is to get a new shower curtain. Or you could make one yourself.

Shop Bathroom Shower Curtains

This could be the start of a whole new look and bring new color possibilities into your small space bathroom.

There are all kinds of ways to “decorate on a dime.” The best way is to shop your house. Or get together with some neighbors and do a bit of trading.

Let you imagination be your only limit when deciding how to beautify your home.


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  1. Brenda, all great ideas and many I have used over the years as well. Another tip I use, having limited space for storage I made pillows and then covers out of inexpensive fabric, I can the slip a cover on the pillows to change the look for the season or holiday.

  2. I read your posts each day even though I don't always comment. You are constantly sharing neat tips, photos, and your cozy little house. I recently was able to "downsize" so I am trying to get into the mood to change things a bit. Still recouping from the move. LOL
    Connie, IN/FL

  3. So many wonderful ideas! I especially love the ones where painting is involved! When talking about my decorating passion I always say, "If it isn't moving, its going to get painted sooner or later!" (This scares my husband a bit!)

  4. Brenda,
    Great tips and I must say the lampshade tip really caught my eye-those 2 pink vintage lamps of mine, with the plain lampshades, are going to get a makeover soon!
    Thanks, hope all is well,

  5. I am all for saving money, and loved the ideas you presented. I am a painting fool and I think paint alone can make such a dramatic difference in a room.

  6. Ohhhh…. that kitchen – the very first photo. It reminds me of jadeite dishes, which I am so fond of. LOVE that color on those cabinets… Great roundup and inspiring tips! 🙂

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