So, you want a fresh, new look for your home, but your budget doesn’t allow for designer furniture or expensive artwork. Luckily, learning how to decorate on a budget (whether that budget is small or even nonexistent) can be simple. Even better, it can be a lot of fun.

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Use these five tips on how to decorate while staying within your budget to create a home space that you’ll love.

1. Shop Your Own Stuff

Giving your home a fresh look may not require any budget at all if you find ways to use things you already have in a new way or in a different room. Try repurposing items from one room to another. For example, use a kitchen table as a home office desk.

Or use a pretty, flat bed sheet to create a window treatment. Place a small bookshelf with just a couple of shelves in your bathroom as a towel or storage shelf. Top it with a pretty bowl from your kitchen filled with scented soaps and you have a whole new look. These are just a few ideas that might transform your space without requiring you to shop for new items.

2. Use Items From Nature—It’s Free

Leaves, branches, pine cones and wildflowers are available for free from your nearest public park or green space (unless it’s an environmentally protected area) and are perfect for seasonal decorating. Use them to craft seasonal wreaths and then add an inexpensive ribbon in spring, summer, fall or winter colors.

Another option for decorating with natural items is to arrange seasonal greenery in large jugs or bottles instead of buying flowers. Or use an iron, set on a low heat, to press pretty leaves or wildflowers between wax paper to create unique prints for your wall.

3. Buy Returned Paint

A little bit of fresh paint can make a big difference to a room or even a piece of furniture. If a gallon of new paint isn’t in your budget, check out the returned paint at your local hardware store. This paint may not have been exactly the right tint for another customer, but it could be right for you, and it may be deeply discounted.

Use it to repaint old furniture, picture frames, knickknacks or even a small room. 

4. Recover Cushions With Old Clothes or Sheets

Throw cushions are an easy way to add a hint of color to a boring room, and to show off your own personal style. If your cushions are outdated, worn or stained, recover them using the old clothes, towels, sheets or curtains hiding in your attic or basement.

If your kitchen chairs, stools or other fabric-covered furniture could use a new look, try recovering them as well. Head to your local thrift store and look for curtains, tablecloths or bed sheets in a fabric and pattern that you like (and that will stand up to wear-and-tear). Check out YouTube for online video tutorials on furniture recovering to help create your new look.

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5. Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Garage Sales

When you’re wondering how to decorate on a budget, yard sales, thrift stores, consignment stores and garage sales are great places to get furniture, decorative pieces and old picture frames at low prices. And if the color or the fabric isn’t quite your style, remember that you can repaint, refinish or recover them to suit your own home decor.

Creating a welcoming, warm home doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re willing to get creative and do some work, it can be fun to decorate on a budget.

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