So how do you decorate your home and get a new look for under $50? I found these on the Better Homes & Garden website, one of my favorite go-to places for budget-friendly decorating.
If a lamp is drab and boring, liven it up. Put fabric or paper around the shade. And add a little paint, as in the green above, to tie it together.
Pillows. It doesn't cost much to buy pillows, pillow covers or make your own pillows. It is a very fast way to get a totally different look. You might even just trade out pillows from other rooms.
Make little vignettes like the one above with just a dash of creativity. Turning one mug upside down gives it a whimsical look and some height.
Back to lamps. One of two favorite things to decorate with. (The other being pillows.) If you have an ugly lamp, prettify it with paint. This glossy red paint takes this lamp to a whole new level.
Is your coffee table or side tables a cluttered mess? Corral items in a tray. The look is elegant and neat.
A very simple and cheap way to make your sink area look sharp is to buy a fancy soap. When you run out, simply fill it with cheaper soap and keep the pretty bottle it came in. Or create your own.
You don't need fancy art to bring your walls to life. Try a gallery look illuminated by mini chandeliers or pendant lights. Draw the shapes out on butcher paper and try them out on the walls before you start hammering in nails. It will save you some time and you'll get an idea how it's going to look.
The idea here is to not have everything match. To have different shapes and textures.
Scrapbook paper is so pretty these days (and cheap) that you could frame that alone. Or print out old family photos, cut them in a circle shape, and tape them to the center of plates.
A cheap way to create table art is to take clear glass containers, pour some acrylic paint inside, and turn and swirl the paint around until you achieve the look you like.
If you have room (which unfortunately I do not) put your laundry detergent and such in clear glass jars. Add a pretty teacup or spoon to liven it up and to use for measuring.
A way to make your bathroom take on new life is to get a new shower curtain. Or you could make one. This could be the start of a whole new look and bring new color possibilities into the small space.
There are all kinds of ways to "decorate on a dime." The best way is to shop the house. Or get together with some neighbors and do some trading.
Painting is your cheapest and most versatile friend.
Let you imagination be your only limit to what you can do to beautify your home.
I'll be back this afternoon with Tweak It Tuesday.