Decorate Without Spending

This post will show you 5 quick ways to decorate without spending a penny. If you have a few hours at the week-end you can create a new look in your home without stepping foot into a store and without stretching your budget. A lot of people – with homes desperately in need of makeovers – think that they need to need to wait until they’ve saved up enough money before they can do anything about it. 

In the same fashion, people who’ve just moved into their new homes spend ages waiting for enough cash before attempting to do any sort of decorating. This is why this post will show you how you can use the things you already have to give your home that update it needs.


Use old pillowcases to make cushion covers

Most people have unused pillow cases lying around. You don’t need to buy expensive covers to decorate your sofa. Instead, use your old cushions and fashion a new case out of a pillowcase you don’t use very often. You don’t need to have a sewing machine to do this. I’ve made cushion covers sewing by hand on a number of occasions.

Take blankets out of storage

Most of us have blankets languishing in a dark cupboard somewhere. We keep them to use when we have guests of for extra warmth in the winter. At all other times, they’re potentially pretty, colourful items that aren’t been put to use. Take out your blankets and use them for decoration. The smaller ones can be used for throws on couches and the larger ones could be used on the edge of your bed. Scarves can also be used for this purpose. 

Display your finds

Most people have stones and shells they’ve collected from holiday. I also have a collection of pretty cards sent to me over the years which I couldn’t bear to throw out. You can display your collection of shells in a pretty bowl or frame a beautiful card/cards you’ve been keeping. These items can go in your bathroom, on your mantle piece, or in any other part of the house.

Move your curtain rods

If you have long curtains, consider moving your curtain rods nearer to the ceiling. This will create a sense of having a higher, bigger room. Make sure you measure your curtains properly to be sure they’ll still be long enough when/if you move the curtain rods.

Use left over wall paper

You can use left over wall paper to line the backs of your bookshelves. You can also incorporate left over wall paper into your wall decor. If you have a chair that needs a boost you can place it in front of a plain wall, put a bright-coloured cushion on it, then wall paper a small section of the wall behind the chair (providing all the colours complement each other). This corner of the room will stand out beautifully and complement the rest of the immediate area.

Use your kids paintings

Kids always use bright colours to paint their pictures. Why not use these in old picture frames to create a constant change of artwork in your home. You’d be surprised how great these would look when they’re framed.

Use left over paint

You can see what I’ve done at this post with paint. These jobs were all done using left over paint. Remember that paint is not limited to your walls. It can be used on furniture as well. Dig out your left over paint from your garage or shed and give an item in your home a makeover. You’d be surprised how much change it will bring about in a room when one item has been given a new lease of life.

Satterley provides property for sale, and they know that if you’re moving into a new home, the last thing you want to do is to spend more money (you don’t currently have) on decoration straight away. Use these tips and you’ll be able to decorate without spending a penny. 


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15 Responses to Decorate Without Spending

  1. Evinizi Yenileyin
    July 17, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    My grandma used to do some of these, great tips to inspire!

  2. Rebecca Bowen July 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Great decorating doesn’t have to cost a fortune — in fact it doesn’t have to cost anything! By using these FREE decorating solutions to give our space a whole new look. Thanks for sharing such great ideas.

  3. Bet on Real Madrid July 16, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Ahh, you have no idea how long i was thinking about changing something at home, and yes, just as you said i’ve been saving up money for that. It never occurred to me that one can change the look of the flat by means of such small things. Thank you for tips!

  4. Moin Ramiz July 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    recently made a new house. will try your tips on it 🙂

  5. Aurident July 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Wow! I love the tips! You just need to be creative without spending money buying new stuffs to put on as a decoration.

  6. Symmetrize July 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Great tips. Never realized how useful some items can be. Loved the idea for the kids paintings!!
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  7. Rey July 5, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Hi Anne, lovely ideas you shared through this post. I must say reading your posts I started believeing in the fact that decoration is not all about buying new things. I myself have even tried doing it a couple of times, and I haven’t been diappointed. Thanks for all your posts.
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  8. Mangalorean Restaurant in Mangalore July 1, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Excellent tips and bits of advice. I don’t see myself as a miser but, if given the chance to save a few dimes I certainly will!…

  9. Jonathan Adams
    June 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Great post! Moving your curtain rods definitely make a noticeable difference.

  10. rony June 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    great tips.It is amazing how many paint cans can add up in the garage or basement over time

  11. Liton Biswas
    June 21, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Nice idea to be within budget.
    Thanks Anne.

  12. Insurance Hunter
    June 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Re using paint is a great idea. It is amazing how many paint cans can add up in the garage or basement over time. You can use the paint virtually anywhere in the house for an accent wall, small room and for anything else you can think of.

  13. shai June 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    great tips! I actually used some of them for my apartment! just an original way to make the room look original and refreshing !
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  14. Se7en Soft June 19, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    Excellent tips and bits of advice. I don’t see myself as a miser but, if given the chance to save a few dimes I certainly will!


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