As homeowners you don’t have to break the bank to give your home a high-end look, we love to do a home makeover to start the year fresh, so transforming your living space into a stylish haven doesn’t have to be expensive. In this article, read on to discover home decor ideas on a budget that will not only enhance your home design, but also reflect your unique personality and style.

Update your wall with Wallpaper

Wallpaper 'Bicycle (Vintage)'

Updating your walls with wallpaper is a fantastic way to change the look and feel of any room. With a wide range of patterns, textures and colours to choose from, you can easily create the ambience you want – from cosy and traditional to modern and vibrant. Not only does wallpaper add personality to your space, it is also a budget-friendly alternative to painting, allowing you to express your unique style through your home decor.

Use Plants and Flowers to decorate your space

home decor ideas with plants

Bring nature indoors by incorporating natural elements such as plants and flowers into your home. Adding indoor plants not only enhances aesthetics of your home, but also improves indoor air quality. Choose low-maintenance plants such as succulents and snake plants to keep your budget in check.

Pick Towels You’re Actually Excited to Use

towel hooks

It’s time to get rid of those dingy old bath towels—discolored whites and bleach-stained colors make your space look dirty and cheap. See what else you need to toss, too.

“Proudly display crisp white, fluffy towels like the kind you would find in a fancy hotel or spa,” says Drew Henry, founder of design firm Design Dudes. “This will immediately trigger a feeling for your guests, and they will have a more luxurious feeling towards the space.” Make sure you’re not over-decorating your place.

Swap Out Your Throw Pillows

living room pillows

Throw pillows are an easy way to accessorize and brighten a room, whether you buy them or make your own. Jillian says homeowners should throw out their older throw pillows and replace them with bright, fuller pillows—or just buy crisp new pillow covers. “Mix and match colors and textures, and blend different groupings,” she says. But more is not better. “There can be too many pillows, so make sure you don’t go overboard.”

Put your Cooking ingredients and tools on display

cooking utensils in display home decoration with a small budget

Displaying your cooking ingredients and utensils can fulfil both functional and aesthetic purposes in your kitchen. By placing them on open shelves or in decorative containers, you not only have easy access to what you need when cooking, but you also create a visually appealing display that adds character to your kitchen. In this way, you can demonstrate your love of cooking and transform everyday items into decorative elements.

Update Old Fixtures

door knob

A quick and easy way to decorate on a dime is to update old fixtures, especially in the kitchen. Knobs, handles, drawer pulls, and light switch plates are small, inexpensive details that give your home a high-end sheen. See the 12 other things making your home look dated and how to fix them.

Give the Illusion of Higher Ceilings

higher ceiling illusion

If you can’t raise your roof, literally, you might consider raising your window treatments. Jillian suggests raising window panels to create an illusion of height and give it a grander feel. “Window treatment is often underrated and clients commonly overlook the impact it has on a space,” she says. “An inexpensive way to achieve this tip is to simply add fabric to your existing panels. Once you find the perfect complimentary fabric, simply take it to your local seamstress to have him/her add the fabric at the top, middle, or end of the fabric.” You have to see these 10 incredible window treatments to get some ideas.

Use Bookshelves for More Than Books

bookshelf carts

Lines of books have to look like a stuffy library. “Intersperse with a few framed photos and interesting book ends,” says Ana Cummings, design expert on CTV’s Homes & Lifestyles Canada. “Make sure it is neat and tidy—that alone speaks volumes.”

Make Walls Shine


Lustrous wallpaper adds dimension to an otherwise flat area. Go for just a hint of shine with a semi-gloss or luster sheen to keep it classy, not gaudy, says Reiner. “Stick to simple neutral or semi-neutral colors, but look for a paper with a hint of a shine the light can bounce off of,” she says. Check out these 10 tips to make wallpapering easier.


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