Loving to shop and watching what you spend can make things a little challenging when trying to decorate your home. In the 8 years that we've lived in our house, I've definitely had to find creative ways to stretch our money to make our house reflect our style.
1. Gallery Walls
Gallery walls are a great way to fill an empty wall, share memories of your family and bring style to your home. They can get expensive if you're buying new frames and art, but there are many other ways to create gallery walls without spending a fortune.
For both my daughter's gallery wall and the basement gallery wall I used free printables, Goodwill frames, my kids artwork and a few DIY arrows and signs. It was a super inexpensive way to share memories of our family and bring color to the rooms.
2. Don't Buy NewMost of our furniture in our home has either been bought at second hand stores or has been handed down from family members. We did buy a new bedroom set for my daughter, but our bedroom furniture as well as my son's has all been handed down from family members.
If you can't find items for free, second hand and vintage shops are always a good place to hunt for furniture and unique home decor pieces. The blue vintage server in our dining room was purchased on sale from a local vintage market. I love that it's unique, didn't cost a fortune and I was able to support a local shop.
3. Add Interest to Your WallsIt's amazing how much a little wood or paint can completely transform the look of a room. Spending a minimal amount of money on paint or wood instantly makes your room feel more expensive without actually being expensive.
4. Think Outside the BoxIf you're going to save money on your home, you have to think outside the box. More than likely second hand shops and clearance aisles aren't going to have exactly what you're looking for. They might be the wrong color, size, shape or even damaged, but that doesn't mean you have to pass them up. If you keep an open mind you can completely transform just about anything.
(Painted Goodwill dresser)
Can't find the perfect throw pillow or fabric? Make sure to check out tablecloths, curtain panels, and placemats. They all can be turned into pillows with little effort. Don't be afraid to buy something that's not the perfect color, spray paint can be your best friend.
5. Be PatientI've said it before and I'll say it again, I am not a patient person. This tends to be a problem when it comes to decorating and remodeling our home. When an idea pops into my head I run with it and want it done right away. Thank goodness I have a frugal side that holds me back from rushing into projects and spending more money than I need to. I've learned over the years to be patient and wait for sales or a cheaper version to come along.
You may remember the West Elm Console table from my natural and navy living room mood board. I fell in love with the table, but at a price tag of nearly $1100 that table was well over what I would spend. Instead, I waited and searched for a similar item that I could alter to resemble the West Elm table, spending only a fraction of the price. (here)
lengthen the curtains, but it was well worth the effort for the money I saved.
What creative things do you do to save money on home improvements and decor? I would love to hear about them!