Many different decorating projects can freshen up your home and give your rooms a new look. Often people think about redecorating, but quickly find themselves overwhelmed by the cost. Budget doesn’t have to be a concern, though, with these great ideas to decorate on a dime.

Rearrange for a New Look

One way to get a new look without spending any money is to redecorate with what you already have. Rearrange furniture and decorations, or move accessories between rooms. Whatever you do, you will have a whole new look for free.

Removing pictures and accessories first, you can pick new spots for your furniture and rearrange them. Once your furniture is in place, look for new spots for your pictures and decorations. Doing this type of rearranging will often satiate your desire to redecorate your home without breaking the bank.

For a whole new look, change the decorations entirely between different rooms. Each room will have a new look and a new theme.

Bargains and Frugal Shopping

Decorating on a dime is significantly more achievable if you can find deals or shop at thrift stores or garage sales for new-to-you items.

Fabric stores, carpet stores, and most home improvement stores offer substantial discounts for remnants or slightly damaged items. Many of the damaged items for sale can still be used with just a little TLC.

Most craft stores offer discount décor for seasons that have just passed, or for items that aren’t selling very well. Whether you purchase off-season things to save for the following year, or you find less popular items and spruce them up, you are sure to save money if you shop the discounted decoration areas at craft stores.

Thrift stores and garage sales can be a goldmine of potential for home redecoration. Whether you find an old light fixture that just needs paint, or a rustic vase that will add the finishing touches to your room, shopping through the items that other people no longer want or need is a great money saving option.

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Mood Lighting

Whether you want to change decorations entirely or not, changing lights is a simple way to give a room a new feel. Replace light fixtures, lamps, or even wattage of your bulbs to make a difference in your living areas.

Finding thrift store lamps, or light fixtures, and adding a coat of paint can change the look of a room. Switching lamps from room to room can give a different look. Changing your high wattage bulbs to lower wattage bulbs can make your space feel more cozy or romantic, while exchanging low wattage light bulbs with higher watts can make a room feel more sunny and bright. These are minor changes that can make a significant difference in the rooms of your house.

Think Green

One easy and inexpensive way to add color and variety to a room is to add plants or flowers. People with a brown thumb may prefer to add fake plants, while others may choose live plants. Either way, plants, and flowers can add vibrant colors to a room.

To add a unique look, you can repurpose items to work as planters and vases with character.

Add Texture

Placing throw rugs or decorative pillows are an affordable way to add color and design to a room. Pops of color from new rugs and pillows change the feel and look of a room without breaking the bank.

There are many tutorials and ideas for making throw rugs that are unique and can tie a room together. Instead of spending a lot to get rugs that aren’t a perfect fit, you can design your rug and make it fit perfectly with the theme of your room.

You can purchase discount pillows or even make your own to help save money while also adding color to your rooms.

Create New Looks with Fake Architecture

If you have a solid wall, consider adding paint tape to paint designs or stripes on a wall. Purchasing Styrofoam molding and painting it can spruce up a room in a big way. You can add crown molding to the corners of your rooms where the ceiling and walls meet, or you can purchase strips of molding to add as framing around hanging pictures or televisions. Adding decorative design to your room is an inexpensive way to make your living space look completely different.

Repair Broken Things to Give Them New Life

Instead of getting rid of furniture or decorations that are stained or broken, consider repairing or cleaning items to give them new life, and to save money. If it is broken enough that it can’t be used how it is supposed to, repurposing is another option to add new décor.

Embrace the “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” mindset for your own house. When you have items that just won’t work the way you originally wanted them to, search the internet for repurposing ideas, so you don’t have to spend money purchasing new items.


Decorating your house doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways you can change the look of a room to decorate on a dime. Rearranging furniture or trading décor between rooms can change the look without costing you any money.

Bargain shopping at home stores and craft stores, shopping bargain bins or looking for slightly damaged items that are marked down provides new ways to decorate without having to pay full price. Garage sales and thrift store finds can add exclusive and cost-efficient items to your rooms.

Changing light fixtures, lamps, or the wattage of your light bulbs can transform the mood and feel of your rooms. Adding flowers or plants, throw pillows, or rugs can spruce up a place. Using fake architecture to frame favorite photos, paintings, televisions, or even furniture can add a classy touch to the area you are decorating. Adding painted Styrofoam crown molding to your ceiling corners can also add class to a room.

There is a difference between hoarding broken or dull items, and repurposing those things to make new decorations. If you are crafty and have the time and energy to repurpose old items, there is a wealth of information on the internet for turning broken into beautiful.

Whether you want to decorate a new room or redecorate an area you’ve grown bored with, it is possible to achieve your goals without breaking the bank.

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