Decorating on a Budget

First things first, it helps to know your personal style before you start shopping. Knowing what you’re looking for will help you stay on track when you come across all those deals. You can find online quizzes to discover your style, or, you can buy what you like; just try to stick with a cohesive style throughout the apartment to keep things from looking too busy.

It’s equally as important to know how much you’re able to spend before hitting the stores. Getting carried away in the Target home section is easy; it’s happened to the best of us. Sticking to your budget ensures you get everything you need without breaking the bank. It can be overwhelming but, thankfully, here are a few tips to keep in mind when furnishing your new place:

Not everything has to be new.

Yard sales, antique malls, and even your parents’ attic are treasure troves. You just have to be willing to look. Mirrors, curtain, and lamps are all necessities; buying new adds up quickly and, before you know it, you’ve spent your entire budget.  Vintage, or slightly used, mirrors, curtains, and lamps add function and style at a fraction of the cost. You’ll have unique, one of a kind pieces that fit your style and still have money for other necessities.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match.

Kitchen utensils and tools add up quickly. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. So what if your utensils are silver? If you find copper pots and pans on sale, buy them. Mixing colors, metals, and styles adds a bohemian feel to your space and, the reality is, it can save you a ton of money.

Revamp old items with a coat of paint.  

Tired of that old nightstand you’ve had since you were a kid? Did you find an old piece of furniture for cheap? Slap a fresh coat of paint on it to bring it back to life.

DIY when you can.

Sometimes, making something rather than buying from the store, can save you a lot of money. And it’s fun! Well, it can be. It can also be frustrating. So, get some friends together and have a craft night or watch tutorials on YouTube. Just have fun and be careful!

Change things up from time to time.  

In a small space, it can be difficult to make drastic changes. Something as easy as swapping out a lamp shade, moving afghans and throw pillows to a different room, and changing the arrangement of your wall hangings can make your space feel new and it won’t cost you a dime.


Whatever your style, it is possible to create a space that feels all your own all while staying well within your budget.